We’re now only a week away from UFC 129, which will probably go down as the most-important MMA event in 2011. How else do you describe a card with two title fights, five free prelims on Facebook, two more free prelims on Spike TV, and all of it surrounded by over 55,000 screaming fans? And it all leads up to a welterweight showdown between Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields. I’ve still got plenty to say about this match-up, so here’s a special two-part edition of my series “What If He Wins?” focusing on UFC 129’s main event. First up are my thoughts on what happens if Georges St. Pierre retains his Welterweight Championship.
If GSP wins a close fight, Jake Shields will be given an immediate rematch.
A lot of people (including me) have stated their belief that GSP will more than likely be rocketed back up to top contender status if he wins one or two fights after losing to Shields. We even believe that GSP will probably be given an immediate rematch if the fight is close. But I think the same exact thing can be said about Jake Shields. Jake Shields may not be as universally popular as GSP, but he’s certainly got the credentials and accolades to deserve an immediate rematch if the fight is close.
If GSP wins in dominating fashion, the UFC will do everything in their power to finally convince him to fight Anderson Silva.
Will it happen? Or won’t it? That’s the question that will be on everyone’s minds if Georges St. Pierre beats Jake Shields. I honestly don’t know what will happen, but I’ll give my thoughts on either of those two outcomes below. But here’s something I can predict: expect the UFC to go out of their way to make GSP vs. Anderson Silva a reality, far more than they’ve ever tried to in the past.
The winner of that fight is the most-likely candidate to receive the next shot at the title if the mega-match against Silva fails to materialize yet again. In Carlos Condit, you’ve got a very exciting knockout artist that has only lost one fight in the UFC. In “Stun Gun” Kim you’ve got a dominant wrestler with big power and serious international appeal. And perhaps most importantly, both fighters have never fought Georges St. Pierre before, which is a breath of fresh air in a Welterweight division where most of the persistently-ranked top contenders have all tasted defeat at the hands of Georges St. Pierre.
If GSP does end up fighting Anderson Silva, it will be the biggest match-up in the history of the UFC.
There’s really no other way to describe a fight as big as GSP vs. Anderson Silva. There have been a few fights that come close, but this match-up would pit two of the most-dominant fighters in UFC history, who are both considered two of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, against each other. The UFC would spare no expense for this bout, they’d find a way to book a stadium with a maximum capacity of well over 55,000. Without hyperbole, Georges St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva would be one of the biggest fights in the history of MMA.
And that’s what I think, fans and friends. What about you? What do you think will happen if Georges St. Pierre wins?