Officially no martial artist ever thinks further ahead than his next fight, to do otherwise would be disrespectful to his next opponent. But the reality is that any shrewd fighter and his management are entertaining multiple long-term scenarios for their career.
Does George have a game plan for the rest of his career? Of course. His plan is detailed and intelligent. While Georges has said publicly he refuses to think beyond Nick Diaz, it is not so p the plan is already decided. And when it came to this famous plan, I saw a fire in his eyes that I had not seen in years. Obviously, this plan cannot be implemented in the event of a defeat by Nick Diaz, but let's be honest, this scenario is not part of the plan... Should he not get a victory against Diaz, he will then face the winner of the fight between Carlos Condit and Johny Hendricks.
Georges believes that Hendricks has talked too much since his KO victory at the Bell Centre against Martin Kampmann, it has displeased him, annoyed more than you might think. When he told media representatives that Hendricks did not deserve to win against Josh Koscheck in May 2012, he really felt it. He looked at the replay of a fight a few times, and thought Koscheck won two of the three rounds of the fight. But Hendricks, if he wins against Condit, is part of Georges St-Pierre plan. If it's up to him, Hendricks will be the co-star of the second chapter of his plan. Hendricks is dangerous, as George knows very well. And never forget that GSP often keeps the best for last when establishing a plan.
But what is the 3rd chapter of the plan drawn up by Georges St-Pierre himself? Yep, you guessed it - it is Anderson Silva. Stop believing he does not want to face Silva, Georges dreams of the clash. He dreams to retire at the peak of his glory in being recognized as a legend, as the greatest fighter of all time. And to do that, it must be considered the best fighter on the planet "pound for pound" ... Why not super fight now? Because George has a well-established plan for the rest of his career, and he will follow it to the letter. There are now many stars to align so that the plan remains perfect ... He must defeat Nick Diaz on Saturday night, defend his title once more against the winner of Condit-Hendricks, and then prepare for a clash of the titans.
MMA Fighting's Mike Chiappetta caught up with GSP's current head trainer Firas Zihabi and got him to comment on the alleged 'master plan':
"I have nothing bad to say about Stephane," he said "I don't think Georges probably said that in that way, the way it was written. I read the article. It was very strong. I don't think Georges thinks that far ahead, honestly. He would not overlook Diaz. That's part of the lesson he learned once upon a time against [Matt] Serra, and I think it's so ingrained in George's brain, he'd never make that mistake again. I don't think you can get Georges to say that.
"I think if that happened, if Georges beat [Diaz and] Hendricks and Silva, I'd tell him, ‘Retire. It's over. There's nothing else to do. There's no bigger fight. Just retire. Enjoy your life,'" he said. "Ideally, the Silva fight is the last fight of his career, win or lose."
If GSP is indeed planning on pulling off the above trifecta and then retiring him, even Kid Nate would have to take off his hat to the man as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.