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MMA THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Why GSP’s Injury is a Good Thing

I am a George Saint Pierre fan. A big one. His dominance over the Welterweight division in the past few years has been nothing short of amazing and he rightfully deserves his spot somewhere amongst the top 3 or 4 p4p fighters in the world. Many within the MMA community have complained that his recent fights have lacked excitement and, of course, a finish. While I can sympathize with the desire to see a conclusive finish and more risk taking, one cannot deny that GSP has raised his particular brand of cautious, precise striking and masterful wrestling control to the level of an art form. The problem is, as with all subtle art forms, its not for everyone and the collective hunger that has been brewing in the belly of the UFC’s mainstream fan base for flashier Welterweight title fights and more daunting challengers has begun to make a loud and ugly growling sound, casting a shadow over GSP and the entire Welterweight division. The point is, we need a break....



No one wants to see a pro athlete tear his ACL. Ever. There will always be questions about the potential for a full recovery and the world is a better place with a fully healthy, 100% GSP. Fortunately, the UFC has made GSP a millionaire and he has access to the finest medical attention and therapy available. In addition, as champ, he will have as much time to recover as he requires. So, for the purposes of this article we will be operating under the assumption that we will be re-introduced to a fully healed, re-energized GSP in about 9 months to a year. That being said, let us now look on the bright side.


The timing could not be more perfect for GSP to take a step away from the spotlight. After beating Thiago Alves over two years ago, it became clear that GSP had cleaned out 170. Dan Hardy, a second fight with Koscheck and Jake Shields followed, all dropping decisions to the Canadian. The UFC was officially out of welterweight contenders and GSP hadn’t finished a fight in 2 and a half years. But fast forward to the present and we suddenly have on our hands four new Welterweight contenders, everyone one of them exciting, gritty finishers who have never been near a boring fight. This stable includes MMA superstar Nick Diaz, the new and improved Carlos Condit, the dangerous and under-promoted Jake Ellenberger and the newest member of this fraternity- Johnny Hendricks, who catapulted up the rankings with his 12 second KO of long time #2 John Fitch.


Were GSP healthy we would get to watch as (in all likelihood) the UFC systematically fed him these challengers, one after the other, each getting their turn to be reminded that they are at best the #2 best 170 lb.-er in the world. In his absence, a sort of tournament has already taken shape. Diaz and Condit are set to square off in the near future and a bout between Hendricks and Ellenberger could make a lot of sense, assuming Jake can get past Diego Sanchez. These match-ups could give birth to an interim title fight, not to mention and interesting bout between the losers. By the time the dust settles the Welterweight division will be rejuvenated and the champ can return to a well-publicized challenger who will at that point be on a hot streak. How things will go at that point is anyones guess but in the meantime it will not be boring.

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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