One of the greatest fighters in MMA history will return to the Octagon, as Georges St-Pierre reached a new contract agreement with the UFC at the end of this past week. GSP's comeback has been teased and rumored for some time now, and although it looked bleak for his return to the UFC, after he announced he was official free agent last fall,
(http://www.highlycontroversialsports.com/wwemmaboxing/gsp-announces-he-is-a-free-agent), it seems that the two sides were able to come to an agreement.
GSP walked away from the UFC in December of 2013, as the Welterweight Champion, and perhaps the greatest fighter the UFC had ever seen. Posting a career record of 25-2, and not suffering a loss since 2007, GSP's resume speaks for itself. He is among the top all-time names in MMA no matter how you spin it, and although he is still only 35 years old, his comeback may perhaps jeopardize his status as one of the GOAT's.
Now, with GSP stating several times over the last few years that he would come back if the fights were right, we know he is looking for a big-time, big-money fight. There a few a names who would make a lot of sense for GSP's current mindset.
1. He fights for the belt at either 170 or 185 pounds
- Now, while both Woodley and Bisping are wrapped up in upcoming fights (assumed fight for Bisping vs. Yoel Romero), we know GSP's comeback won't be immediate and he must first go through 4 months of USADA drug-testing, so his fight won't be until the summer at the earliest, so I would assume, whether it be Woodley or Bisping still, or it be a new titleholder, GSP would make sense challenging for either divisions belt.
2. Nick Diaz
- Fans have been patiently waiting any news that has to do with Nick's comeback from his asinine suspension for weed, and he has now been cleared to fight for a few months, but there still has been no real news. Dana White claims Nick has denied a few fights, and they hope to get him on a card soon, but we know both the Diaz brothers play by their own rules and you never know how they're going to cooperate with the UFC Brass, but a fight against GSP is definitely something I see Nick interested in, as the two have some serious history and their first fight was great.
3. Conor McGregor or Anderson Silva
- Now both of these fights make zero sense if GSP's goal is to return and reclaim his belt, but if "Big Money Fights" are what he is looking for, these two are the perfect ones. Conor McGregor clearly is the biggest name in MMA, and no matter who he fights the card will sell out, but throwing GSP's name onto that as well is bound to shatter records. As far as Anderson Silva, this is a fight that should have happened 5, 6, even 10 years ago, and would be regarded as the biggest fight in MMA history if it had happened, no doubt about it. These two are a lock for everyone's MMA Mount Rushmore, and would've put on an absolute show for the fans. Unfortunately for all of us, the fight never happened as it was often rumored to, and many people feel that is an injustice. Although Anderson is wayyyyy past his prime as the greatest fighter to ever step in an octagon, he can and will still bring it, and beat a real solid opponent in Derek Brunson last week. This fight is probably the biggest stretch to happen of all potential ideas, and should be a fight GSP, even as the smaller fighter, would be expected to win, but that fight would sure be exciting even today.
Who knows what will happen with GSP, and I don't expect anything to happen within the next few weeks or even months, but regardless, his return is huge news for all MMA fans and marks the return of one of the greatest ever.
Well, in our latest episode of "Will They or Won't They", we have what seems to be some strong evidence that Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather may in fact, finally and once and for all, step into the ring and settle their beef. Floyd and Conor have been engaged in a verbal, and social media war for the last year or so, and now it seems that the proposed superfight between these two superstars is as close to being made as it ever has been. There have been several road blocks that have delayed this fight from being real and not just fantasy, and that includes the payouts for each fighter, and Dana White's "okay", which is necessary since Conor is under contract to the UFC.
Now I won't deny the fact that Floyd's made an insane amount of money in his career compared to Conor, thats an obvious fact, but anyone who tries to use that claim as a form of disrespect to Conor is an idiot. Boxing and MMA are two completely different levels financially, from top to bottom, and not to mention that Floyd's career has spanned more than twice that of Conor's. What Conor has done for MMA is unprecedented, and the amount of money he has made is on another level than the rest of the UFC's roster, in the octagon and out.
But - if money is the biggest road-block, it is obvious Floyd deserves a higher cut and compensation for the fight, but by no stretch of the imagination should they be on two completely different levels, as Conor's name being attached to anything, in any sport, in any country, will draw as much attention as Floyd's - that's just a fact that boxing fans and Conor-haters have to come around to.
As far as Dana White, we know that he is closer to backing the fight in recent weeks than he has been in all previous months and conversations about this fight. Dana did have a few words for Conor last week, addressing Conor's "Fuck the UFC" comments, telling the media that while he has a lot of respect for Conor and his accomplishments, he warned the Irishman that going against the UFC was something he did not want to do. I think, if the price is right for Conor, Dana, and the UFC, the businessman in Dana White will not allow him to pass up on such a big payday.
The fight itself, well that's a whole different story. I have openly said I hate Floyd Mayweather, and I truly think he is an awful human being. How many domestic violence accusations and dropped charges can one guy have before enough is enough - but that's a whole ordeal that I don't have the time to get into. As far as his in-ring skills, there is no question that Floyd Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers ever, I don't think it's even remotely sane to place him as the #1 boxer ever, maybe not even top 5, but to me he's the greatest defensive boxer ever, being able to avoid damage and losses for 20+ years. Conor on the other hand, is a wildcard. We truly cannot say how he will fare in a boxing match, because we have never seen it. But the upside for Conor is incredibly high, as he is one of the most skilled strikers in MMA, no questions asked, and his left hand is truly deadly and we have seen the damage that can be done with his hands. If this fight is made for a year from now, maybe even year and a half, allowing Conor to train strictly boxing, for the next 12-months, there is a chance that his odds will increase even further. But in the reality of things, I see the fight going as I have always said it will, Floyd coasting to a decision victory, as he always does, with Conor being able to hopefully land a few big blows, not look foolish, and make an insane amount of money.
I am not one of the fans who was dying for this fight, or any superfight for that matter, but as a fan of Conor McGregor, it would be great to see him be able to cash that huge check, and do something that people have given him no chance, and no business doing, but that is exactly the kind of thing that Conor looks to do.
The UFC's first PPV card of 2017 is just a few days away, and this UFC 208 card will be a historical one for women's MMA. UFC 208 will feature Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie, facing off for the first ever UFC Women's Featherweight Championship.
The UFC's addition of the 145-pound division for female fighters has been a long time coming in the eyes of many, as the greatest female MMA fighter on the planet, Cris Cyborg, has traditionally competed at the 145-pound level and the UFC's lack of a division for her to compete in has made for big issues in locking her in as a full-time UFC fighter. Although this fight is not featuring Cyborg, everyone knows that she should, and will compete, and reign supreme, as the Featherweight Champion by the end of 2017 (hopefully).
This fight marks the first time in Holly Holm's professional career, boxing, kickboxing and MMA, that she is coming off of two straight losses, so while to some her chance to once again become a UFC champion seems strange, she is still one of the top fighters in the world, and has the ability to compete at the higher weight class. de Randamie on the other hand, has only lost once in the last 5 years, and that one loss came at the hands of none other than Bantamweight Champion, Amanda Nunes. Both of these women are incredible fighters, and would make a great inaugural featherweight champ, and I fully expect this fight to finish with a knockout. Holly & Germaine both love to throw strikes, and are both really, really good at it as well.
The rest of UFC 208 has some great fights, specifically, Anderson Silva vs. Derek Brunson, which will be an incredible fight in my opinion, and I expect both these men to come to throw bombs. Anderson is looking to make one last push to reclaim the title that should realistically be called the "Anderson Silva Middleweight Championship Belt", and Derek Brunson is looking to rebound from the TKO loss he suffered at the hands of Robert Whittaker. Both men are top contenders in a very confusing, and stagnant division, but with Michael Bisping vs. Yoel Romero on the horizon, the rest of the middleweight division needs to do what they can to place themselves at the top of the food chain.
UFC 208 will also feature top middleweight challenger, Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza vs. Tim Boetsch, in a fight that has many people scratching their heads. Souza is expected to be the next in line for the title shot after Bisping & Romero fight this summer, but a fight against Boetsch is a lose-lose for Souza. He is expected to beat Boetsch, so a win won't propel him any further into the title picture, and if he does lose to Boetsch, he has basically removed himself for the title picture for what could be a long time. A lot of pressure on Jacare coming into this fight, but a strong win from him could potentially put him at ease as he will expect, and assume, the next title shot at 185-pounds.
This card should be a good one from start to finish, with a strong main card and a big championship fight to finish it off, I am personally always excited for any card that features the Greatest Ever, Anderson Silva.
So because I have been on an Anderson hype-train lately, lets watch some highlights.