Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
With his toughest test in years and his most exciting performance since before his second title reign now behind him, St-Pierre has much to consider for 2013.
There’s an incredible amount of pressure on him to fight Anderson Silva, something he doesn’t seem so keen on and hasn’t ever really shown great interest in publicly, despite what Dana White says.
There’s also an absolute plethora of legitimate threats to his throne, something that hasn’t been the case for a very long time. Carlos Condit will be back, Nick Diaz is waiting in the wings, Johny Hendricks has emerged as a top guy, and names like Ellenberger, Fitch and Kampmann are never out of the discussion. Not to mention the reinvigorated Demian Maia.
A perfect 2013 for St-Pierre would see three welterweight title defenses, likely against Hendricks, Diaz and perhaps Maia, in that order. And decidedly less badgering about fighting Silva, the champion of a higher weight class who actively came looking for him.
Unfortunately, if the UFC wants it, they’ll get it from the company man St-Pierre. Look for him to take his beating and his payday from the Silva fight, then probably headline the New Year’s card in late December against Diaz (who will come back, win a fight and jump Hendricks in the queue based on marketability).