George St-Pierre Considering Drop to 155: 5 Fights for His Lightweight Debut

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2011

George St-Pierre Considering Drop to 155: 5 Fights for His Lightweight Debut

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    With the news from Georges St-Pierre head trainer Firas Zahabi's Sherdog Radio interview yesterday that GSP could (and is better suited to) drop to 155 pounds and further make the UFC's lightweight division even more stacked, it gave fans more doubt that a mega fight with Anderson Silva will ever come to fruition.

    GSP dropping to lightweight brings up thoughts of a fight with current champion Frankie Edgar. It also makes more tantalizing matchups between GSP and the lightweight division.

    Of course, somewhere, someplace, is Kenny Florian sighing since he just announced his return to lightweight, but this of course is purely hypothetical.

    So if GSP were to drop to lightweight, here are five fights for him to take to get him adjusted to the lightweight waters.

Gilbert Melendez

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    Record: 19-2

     

    The Strikeforce lightweight champion is only a matter of days away from appearing in the UFC.

    Melendez is set to defend his title in December against Jorge Masvidal, and GSP probably wouldn't make a move to lightweight for a while after that. Timing wise, this is perfect.

    GSP was already slated to face one Cesar Gracie product, so why not this one?

    Melendez would definitely give GSP a huge test and force him out of that safety zone he has become accustomed to.

    This would be the first fight for both guys in the UFC lightweight division, and boy, would this be an awesome first test.

Nate Diaz

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    Record: 14-7

     

    Much like Melendez but we will raise the bar here and get the brother of Nick Diaz in this one. 

    Nate could be a very good first match for GSP and a very good test of the lightweight waters.

    Nate gives an interesting angle but most likely would be dominated from Rounds 1 to 3. It would basically be his second fight against Rory MacDonald, but for GSP, this is a good first step into the lightweight division.

Joe Lauzon

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    Record: 21-6

     

    Joe Lauzon already pulled off one upset to get into the minds of MMA fans about getting into title contention. His win over Guillard came as a shock to many and fighting GSP sets up Lauzon in the biggest fight of his career.

    For GSP, this is an easy first fight over a guy who is a top-15 lightweight. GSP comes in and beats someone like that, and he knows he has been tested early on.

    All GSP needs is that first warmup fight.

Ben Henderson

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    Record: 14-2

     

    Ben Henderson faces Clay Guida in Anaheim on November 12th, and the winner could very well get a title shot. Henderson has been in beast mode all of this year and has proven again and again how dominating he can be.

    He poses a good matchup with GSP and could very well steal the show if he fights the same way as his fight with Jim Miller.

    GSP would get a marquee win in his first fight if he was able to beat Bendo. GSP has the strength and striking ability to beat Bendo, but who knows how the weight cut would affect him and how much of an opportunity it would give Bendo.

Gray Maynard

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    Record: 10-1-1

     

    Gray Maynard suffered the first loss of his career earlier this month against Frankie Edgar, and Maynard will most likely never get a shot at the title again. At least not in the near future.

    Maynard, though, getting a win over GSP is a huge upside for his career. Maynard could very well be the guy who can neutralize GSP's wrestling and come back and lay on GSP for three rounds. Who knows? Crazier things have happened.

    GSP though would get a win over a top-notch guy and a guy who he could definitely take head on in the striking department.

    GSP's size would also be able to play a huge factor and would give Maynard his toughest fight.

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