Next month will mark six years since Georges St-Pierre last loss, falling victim to a shocking assault by Matt Serra. The current UFC welterweight champion will meet Nick Diaz this Saturday night at UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz.
Not many fighters can say they have gone nearly six years without suffering a loss, but what happens if GSP is unable to solve the puzzle that is Diaz? Would he need just a victory over a top contender to earn a rematch? Would he be given an immediate rematch after carrying the title for so many years?
Heck, would St-Pierre even be able to mentally rebound from the defeat?
Back when Serra caught him and finished him on the ground, “Rush” jumped right back into the Octagon just months later, starting what is now a 10-fight win streak by defeating Josh Koscheck.
That, though, was a much younger GSP and not somebody that has been sitting atop the welterweight perch for so many years.
Honestly, I feel as though St-Pierre would be able to re-focus his training, likely spending countless hours in the gym to prepare himself to re-claim the No. 1 spot at 170 pounds. At 31 years old and coming off knee surgery, that would not be an easy task, but the psychology of Georges St-Pierre could deal with it.
Assuming he is unable to defeat Diaz, the welterweight division is stacked right now and finding a suitable contender would not be difficult. Yes, the super-fight with Anderson Silva would be off the table, but GSP vs. the loser of Carlos Condit/Johny Hendricks, or maybe even the winner of Nate Marquardt/Jake Ellenberger, would be very intriguing.
We’ll know the direction of the weight class soon enough, but win, lose or draw, GSP isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.