UFC Superstar GSP Set for Return to Octagon, Super-Fight with Silva Could Follow

J.P. GastonContributor IIISeptember 16, 2012

NEW YORK - MARCH 24:  Georges St-Pierre of Montreal, Quebec, Canada appears at a press conference for UFC 111 at Radio City Music Hall on March 24, 2010 in New York City.  St-Pierre will face Dan Hardy of Nottingham UK in the Welterweight title bout.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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UFC fans are in for a treat in the coming year as Georges St-Pierre makes a return to the Octagon. In addition to a UFC title fight, we may finally have the opportunity to catch a long-awaited fight between GSP and Anderson Silva.

The first task, taking on Carlos Condit to unify the Welterweight Championship and Interim-Championship belts, will happen November 17 in Montreal.

Condit (28-5-0) offers a challenge to St-Pierre with his stellar record; however, many view Condit as a severe underdog on this card and nothing more than merely test for GSP's knee before taking it into a battle with Silva.

In an interview with FuelTV, Dana White speculated on the possibility of a GSP vs. Silva fight.

"If Georges St-Pierre beats Condit, that could be the next fight," White said, adding "If that fight happens, it will probably happen in Dallas, Texas."

The UFC wants to get into Cowboys Stadium. In 2010, Dana White stated that "We're definitely, 100 percent going to Cowboys Stadium. No doubt about it." Since then, it's all about finding the fight to fill the 80,000 seat stadium, and this might just be the one.

The Silva-GSP fight is an interesting one. It would definitely be the fight of the year but could also be the catalyst for Silva jumping down a weight category or GSP moving up to contend.

In his interview on FuelTV, Dana White indicated both of these options had been discussed, but for the purposes of this super-fight, a catch-weight of 180 pounds would be the likely scenario.

This fight will also determine the best pound-for-pound fighter in MMA. Sherdog currently ranks Silva as tops in a list of top 10 fighters. With GSP sidelined for the past year with knee issues and subsequent surgery, Silva has pulled away from the pack.

This fight could change that ranking dramatically.

The upcoming bouts will help determine who's who. Stephen Bonnar will face Anderson Silva at UFC 153, but in the 205-pound light-heavyweight category. Win or lose, this could hurt Anderson's chances despite many considering this a conditioning fight to prepare Silva for the possible super-fight. 

A Silva win at UFC 153 followed by a GSP win at 154 will undoubtedly result in this discussion reaching a boiling-over point. The UFC will have to piece something interesting together.

Will GSP pull out the Condit win as many speculate? Who do you believe would help to round out a potential super-fight card in Dallas. Win or lose, who's next for either fighter after the super-fight?