The Appeal of Georges St. Pierre Demands a Move to Middleweight

Gsp_1_copy_mediumThere's something special about Georges St. Pierre.  Every time he fights, I'm left in awe by his performance.  Last night he fought a 200 pound man who Josh Koscheck could not take down.  Mohammed Lawal, an excellent wrestler in his own right, did not think St. Pierre would be able to take Alves down.  He was wrong.  St. Pierre was able to take him down almost at will, and did it even with a bad groin injury in the last two rounds.

St. Pierre's run has been filled with fights that raised doubts.  Would he crack under the pressure against Serra?  Could he handle Fitch's tenacity and wrestling ability?  Could he deal with Penn's quicker boxing and legendary jiu-jitsu? Could he take down a guy nobody else could, and if not how could he deal with a superior striker on paper?  Since his loss to Matt Serra, he's answered every question with a resounding yes.

Now that he's cleared the division, St. Pierre now has a number of options at 170 that raise no doubts except for how he will win.  This is not to take away from Mike Swick, Martin Kampmann, or Jake Shields, but these fights are all blowouts waiting to happen.  I worry that without challenges to motivate him, St. Pierre will get overconfident and stop training the way he does, and we could lose out on seeing him achieve everything he can.

A number of interesting fights call out to fans at middleweight.  Fights with Demian Maia, Michael Bisping, Dan Henderson, Yushin Okami, and Wanderlei Silva all raise unique issues for St. Pierre.  Oh, and there's one other fight at 185 pounds that people might be interested in.  I know I am.

I love watching St. Pierre because he amazes me.  His work ethic and ability is an inspiration.  He is arguably the greatest fighter in the history of the sport, and he's just entering his prime.  The UFC should put him in a position to erase the "arguably" and continue inspiring fans.  He might lose, and if he finds that the weight is too high he can always go back to welterweight.  But deciding against fights because one guy might lose is a recipe for never making interesting fights.

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