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Fearless predictions for the MMA world in 2014

By Trevor Dueck, 24 hours Vancouver

If only I had a crystal ball. Imagine the possibilities of knowing what could happen in the future? I would definitely gamble on sports like Biff Tannen in Back to the Future 2. In the meantime, here are my 2014 UFC predictions.

Georges St-Pierre (25-2) will not return this year. With the recent squabble between the former UFC welterweight champ and the UFC, I don’t foresee the Canadian “rushing” to get back into the Octagon. Why would one drop a title only to return a few months later? This hiatus from competition feels like something more permanent, or at least for the unforeseeable future — meaning more than a year. If I was a betting man, I would expect a GSP return in 2015.

Anderson Silva (33-6) will be back in 2014. You can’t keep a good man down. Our final memory of the UFC in 2013 was an ingrained image of Silva snapping his leg like a twig over Chris Weidman’s knee. Like many others, I thought the 37-year-old’s career was over. But it appears the former middleweight champ is working his arse off to return. Still, I don’t expect the greatest fighter of all time to get an instant title shot. When Silva does return near the end of the year, I see some sort of interesting money fight to be offered. Nick Diaz would be my choice for opponent.

Ronda Rousey (8-0) will either fight or move towards a big super fight with Cris “Cyborg” Justino (12-1-1). Who is the best female fighter in the sport? I will tell you that it is probably the woman beast they call Cyborg, except that she fights at 145 pounds and Rousey is the current UFC 135-pound woman’s champ. Something will have to give. Either Justino finds away to make it to 135 pounds or Rousey agrees to some sort of catch weight. Regardless, this fight has to happen. With the UFC looking for big paydays, this is a no-brainer.

The UFC will return to Vancouver. In fact, this is not much of a prediction. Instead, let’s end the column with some good news. The Ultimate Fighting Championship will likely be back in Rogers Arena in June of 2014. Sources are saying that the UFC has a tentative date booked and we could finally see the big promotion return to our fair city. Something tells me the Canucks’ Stanley Cup run won’t get in the way this year. Keep it locked on this column and for more details as they come in.

Trevor contributes to and Follow him at @TrevDueck.


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