For years MMA fans have wondered who would emerge victorious in a contest between two of the best fighters in the history of the sport, Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva. You could make an argument for either guy to win, GSP has some of the best take downs in MMA as well as more than solid stand up. It could be argued that no one blends striking and take downs with as much fluidity as GSP. Anderson has been among the most feared strikers in the sport for the better part of a decade, finishing high caliber opponents in highlight reel fashion while leaving a trail of destruction across two divisions.
Despite the debate among fans, and a considerable push on the part of promoter Dana White, it appeared that this dream match up would never come to fruition. Both men appeared to be on separate paths until a crazy and unpredictable 2014 saw what few fans could have anticipated happening.
Anderson would go on to lose two consecutive contest to highly touted contender Chris Weidman, one via surprising KO at UFC 162 and the second via TKO (leg break) at UFC 168. GSP would meet number one contender Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 battling tooth and nail in a back and forth fight to emerge victorious by taking a controversial split decision many felt should have went the other way. Soon after the fight, Georges would announce that he was taking an extended leave from the sport and was vacating the title he had held in dominant fashion for the last 5 years.
With both men currently away from the sport, one has to wonder if all the cards are finally falling into place. For the first time in years there is excitement in both the Welterweight and Middleweight divisions of the UFC. Johny Hendricks just captured the Welterweight championship in a 5 round war against a rejuvenated Robbie Lawler, while Weidman is set to defend his strap against the always dangerous Lyoto Machida. With both divisions now freed up, the UFC should be doing everything in their power to make sure these two meet when they both return. It's a fight that can be made, and the incentive to make it is extremely high for both men coming of extended layoffs and out of immediate contention for a title. In an era where big name fights are seemingly on the decline, St-Pierre vs. Silva remains one of the biggest fights that can be made. If there ever was a time, now is the time.