Georges St-Pierre's Next Fight: Who Should He Face?

Mar 16, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN;  Georges St.Pierre (red) and Nick Diaz (blue) exchange blows during their Welterweight title bout at UFC 158 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
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Scott HarrisFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2013

UFC 158 went down Saturday night from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. And in the main event, Georges St-Pierre defended his UFC welterweight title by taking a unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz.

But you know what? The fight's over now. It's been over for literally hours now, give or take. So the time for reflection is over. We can't spend our lives in the past, looking back. Internet users don't look back.

OK, OK. Maybe we can look back a little. As expected by many observers, it was pure dominance from St-Pierre Saturday. He landed takedowns far more often than he didn't (though credit to Diaz for stuffing a few), fully controlled Diaz on the ground and even outboxed Diaz on the feet.

With 18 UFC victories, St-Pierre is now tied with all-time leader Matt Hughes. He also tied Royce Gracie for the second-longest UFC winning streak with 11 (Anderson Silva is first with 16).

So what's next for Georges St-Pierre? What does the future hold? Well, based on his increasingly terse rapport with the media of late, a long and decidedly private vacation may be the first order of business. As for his next opponent, that should be Johny Hendricks.

No question about it. Hendricks bested the great Carlos Condit Saturday night, and earned the title shot. Hendricks's last four victims: Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, Martin Kampmann and now Condit. That is what is known as a murderer's row.

Hendricks mowed them all down. I realize Anderson Silva and other things are out there in the ether—let's toss out streaking welterweights Jake Ellenberger and Demian Maia as well—but if St-Pierre doesn't fight Hendricks now, it will be a glaring hole. I don't think St-Pierre wants that any more than anyone else wants that. No, barring a crazy injury or suspension, St-Pierre and Hendricks will fight in a few months. To my mind, it's the only credible thing to do.

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