Spider could follow GSP out of UFC 0
Georges St-Pierre (red gloves) fights against Johny Hendricks (blue gloves) on Nov. 16 in their welterweight championship bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports)
Late last week, Georges St-Pierre (25-2) decided to vacate his UFC welterweight title and walk away from the sport of mixed martial arts. I can imagine it was a tough decision for GSP to make, but in the end it was his decision and as fans we need to respect it. I believe we have not seen the last of GSP and I predict he will return to action within a year or two.
It is not out of the realm of possibility that the UFC could lose both of its greatest champions in one calendar year. Anderson “The Spider” Silva (33-5) is set to try and reclaim his middleweight title at UFC 168 on Dec. 28. Chris Wideman (10-0) shocked the world when he knocked out Silva in round two at UFC 162. Anderson should have juked before he jived, and paid for his cockiness. As Joe Rogan so eloquently put it, “You don’t play games in the Octagon.”
This time around, expect Silva to be all business — OK, maybe a bit of dancing will be on display. Yet what happens if Silva loses again? Silva has come close to hanging up the gloves before and it’s funny what a loss does to a great athlete’s psyche. Silva wants the win so he can compete in a boxing match against longtime friend Roy Jones Jr., an idea UFC president Dana White is not entirely opposed to setting up.
Both Jones Jr. and Silva have fights they need to currently focus on before any of that side stuff can happen. For the first time in seven years, Silva will be wearing the blue tape around his wrist as the challenger. Wideman has made no bones about what his strategy will be going into this epic rematch.
"This is my game plan: I'm going to walk forward, I'm going to put pressure on him, I'm going to cut him off," Weidman said. "If he has his hands down, I'm punching him in his face. If he has his hands up, and he's expecting me to punch him in the face, I'm taking him down. I'm not afraid to get hit. I'm going to be walking forward with my chin down and my teeth gritted. I don't care what he throws at me; I'm going to be there."
MMASucka.com and I will be at the new Burke Beer House in Port Coquitlam on Dec. 28. We will be giving away a ton of prizes through our UFC Pick’em Game and trivia. Come early and join us for what will be an awesome UFC 168 card. Merry Christmas, fight fans.