In this current day and age of Mixed Martial Arts, the 170-pound weight class is dominated by one man, George St-Pierre. St-Pierre captured the Welterweight Championship and redeemed a previous blemish on his impressive record with a dominate victory over Matt Serra in April of 2008. Since then has been steam rolling the competition placed in front of him; making some of the top fighters of the world look like amateurs.
In his last outing at the UFC's biggest Pay Per View event in history, he dominated Brazilian striker Thaigo Alves for five rounds to retain his crown; thus leaving the Mixed Martial Arts community up in arms over who can defeat this man at 170-pounds. The majority consider that St. Pierre’s only true challenger is sitting at 185-pounds, the man that they call "The Spider", Anderson Silva.
However that is not the case –there is always a new star on the rise in the ever evolving world of Mixed Martial Arts. Is the man to stop George St-Pierre already on the rise? Is his name Anthony "Rumble" Johnson? In my humble opinion he is the man with the biggest chance at stopping the French-Canadian superstar.
Anthony Johnson is 8-2 overall with his only two losses coming to calibre opponents, that of Kevin Burns & Rich Clementi. Johnson is a devastating striker finishing six of his eight fights by way of Knock Out and has a solid wrestling background. Overall his complete package is very impressive and will pose a threat to anybody at Welterweight level right now.
Johnson has a size and strength edge over George St-Pierre and he may use this to keep the fight standing to where he might just win with a potential advantage. St. Pierre is no push over on his feet by any means but he is far more comfortable when he has his opponent on their back and he will likely have trouble getting "Rumble" onto his back with ease.
Now don't get me wrong I'm not saying that Anthony Johnson is ready for a title shot right at this moment; but given a year or two to develop his skill-set and really come into his own as a fighter, I think he could pose a big threat to George St-Pierre (provided that he remains the Champion).
However before we worry about any of this, Anthony Johnson has his toughest challenger to date waiting for him three days from now, Josh Koscheck. Likewise George St-Pierre has to worry about the British "Outlaw" Dan Hardy in the near future.