How long will fans have to wait to see this fight? Photo by Scott Peterson via MMA Weekly
Zach Arnold thinks so:
Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck was scheduled for December and the most talked about location was Las Vegas. Now with the news that Ontario is open for business, will UFC postpone this fight until the March date at the Sky Dome? Given the recent success UFC had in promoting the (delayed) fight between Rashad Evasn and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, I think they certainly will take a second look now at delaying the fight from happening.
There would be risks in delaying the fight. If you delay the fight until March, it will be St. Pierre's first fight in a year and Koscheck's first fight in 10 months. As far as concerns about delaying the progress of the Welterweight division, I actually think that what Jon Fitch did in Oakland is a blessing in disguise because now the promotion can consider booking him against the winner of Kampmann/Shields. This would eliminate inactivity amongst the Welterweight division contenders.
I have to violently disagree here. It's already been far too long since fans got to see GSP in the Octagon. Delaying his title defense against Koscheck so they can both coach The Ultimate Fighter 12 season aggravates me to no end. It would be unconscionable to waste an entire year of GSP's prime for strictly commercial reasons.
The UFC needs to remember that these athletes have very limited windows of peak physical performance. It is promotional malpractice to let business considerations keep an athlete like GSP out of competition for more than a year.
St Pierre will turn 30 next May. While it may be possible that he will have a career as long as Randy Couture, it's extremely unlikely. Most athletes begin to noticeably fade after peaking athletically from 28-32.
Admittedly injuries have played a role in some of GSP's recent inactivity. I also believe the UFC's inability to produce compelling challengers for St Pierre has played a role in their willingness to shelve him for long periods of time while they cross their fingers and pray someone will beat Jon Fitch and emerge as a viable challenger to GSP.
Meanwhile a potentially epic bout with Anderson Silva goes unmade.
What do you think?
Should the UFC postpone GSP vs Koscheck until March 2011so they can hold it in Toronto's Rogers Center?
Yes (377 votes)
No (2433 votes)
2810 total votes