UFC 111 Fallout: Why GSP Should Fight Wanderlei Silva
After last night's win over Dan Hardy, the talk of Georges St. Pierre moving up to middleweight is once again flowing. This time though, fans can expect St. Pierre to make the hike up to 185.
The only contenders left at welterweight for St. Pierre consists of a man St. Pierre decimated nearly two years ago in Jon Fitch, and another man St. Pierre outclassed last July in Thiago Alves.
Simply put, St. Pierre is in a league of his own.
The only solution to St. Pierre's dominance is to put him in the octagon with someone that can match his intensity. Someone who shows no fear towards any human, nor any skill.
Enter Wanderlei Silva.
Silva is a fighter who does not talk a good game like Alves, or Hardy. He does not know the meaning of stop when he fights. Either the referee stops him, or the other fighter does. Point blank.
Reenter Georges St. Pierre.
A matchup of St. Pierre and Silva have a dual purpose to both to the UFC and its fans. The fight would give St. Pierre the tune-up to a possible super fight with current middleweight champion Anderson Silva. It would also give fans the excitement and hype we've come to expect from Silva's fights.
It remains to be seen whether UFC President Dana White would approve such a fight, as it may jeopardize that super fight with the 185-pound king, but if White is to back up what he always suggests, that the UFC is committed to bringing the best fights to the fans, then this may be a matchup fans can hope for.
St. Pierre will not only need a little down time after his fight last night, but he would need many months to put on the weight he'd like to put on for a run at middleweight. That would coincide with the timing of Wanderlei Silva's next fight, as he is slated to face Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 116 according to MMAjunkie.com.
Barring any injuries to either fighter, the fight with Akiyama appears to be set for July, which would allow Silva to fight once more in 2010, and giving St. Pierre roughly eight months to put on the necessary weight and train properly for a bout with Silva.
A fight of this magnitude would not only draw much attention to the UFC's middleweight division, but it would also give fight fans a smaller-scale edition of the superfight with Anderson Silva.
Now all that needs to happen is for the UFC's brass to make it happen. Any takers?
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