Top 5 Interesting Non-Title Bouts for Georges St-Pierre

Interesting Non-Title bouts for GSP Upon His Return

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With the plot thickening at 170 in his absence, it is possible that if Georges St. Pierre returns to the cage it will not be in the form of an immediate title shot. While this may seem blasphemous to some, it could open up a variety of intriguing matchups for the former champion and pound-for-pound great.

5. Demian Maia

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5. Demian Maia

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We’ve seen Georges St. Pierre tangle with elite level grapplers in this past, but the former world jiu-jitsu champion is a different animal when the fight hits the mat. The former ADCC submission wrestling champion has the ability to snatch up a limb or sweep St. Pierre from the bottom with the kind of proficiency and surprising strength that the former UFC champion hasn’t yet experienced in the cage.

4. Dong Hyun Kim

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4. Dong Hyun Kim

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Dong Hyun Kim has long been known as one of the most suffocating grapplers at 170 pounds, but lately the vaunted judo practitioner has displayed his devastating knockout power in brutal victories over Erick Silva and John Hathaway. “Stun Gun” Kim has the strong base and takedown defense to fluster the former champ and has the power to hurt St. Pierre if he can catch him, but the technical striking and speed of Georges would likely be too much.

3. Martin Kampmann

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3. Martin Kampmann

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This fight was closer to happening than many give Martin Kampmann credit for. He had Jake Shields in trouble in their title eliminator bout at UFC 121, and in many respects he would’ve been a tougher opponent. His takedown defense is on par with any wrestler at 170 and the former Danish Thai-Boxing Champion’s standup is as crisp and technical as St. Pierre. He may not be the same level of athlete as GSP, but Kampmann he would give him a fight.

2. Jake Ellenberger

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2. Jake Ellenberger

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The problems that Jake Ellenberger would present St. Pierre are similar to the ones he faced against Johny Hendricks; he’s a strong wrestler with big knockout power. Though this matchup sways back in GSP’s favor with Ellenberger being an orthodox fighter. Taking down Hendricks, which is already a difficult the task, was compounded with St. Pierre not having a front left leg to shoot on, but against Ellenberger he can run the pipe all day long.

1. Anderson Silva

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1. Anderson Silva

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Now that Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva are no longer rulers of their respective divisions, and have no obligations to defend their thrones, why not make this thing happen? With St. Pierre on leave and Silva suffering a gruesome injury, it is unclear how much longer these two legends have left. At this point in their careers neither man owes any fan a thing more and could walk away gods of the sport, but it would be cooler if they fought.

Graham Jones is an MMA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on   Twitter @graymatter91,   “Like” him  on  Facebook or add him to your network on Google

 

 


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