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.