What fight for GSP do you wish you could have seen that we didn’t get?
Sean Covington, Columnist – Covington’s Corner
Without a doubt, back in the day, I wanted to see GSP vs Anderson Silva but now I would much rather see Khabib Nurmagomedov vs GSP. Khabib is quick and has some good power behind his punches but as we saw in the Johny Hendricks fight, GSP can certainly take some punishment. That fight would certainly go the distance and GSP may actually pull off a victory but it would likely go to decision. If GSP fought Anderson Silva, he would just wrestle Silva to an easy victory, with Silva on his back for 90% of the fight.
Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
I would love to see a fight between GSP and either Ben Askren or UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. To see such high-level grappling would be incredible. UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley would also be an interesting opponent for GSP. Askren or Nurmagomedov would be my top choices, though, with Nurmagomedov likely the top pick.
Christian Moore, MMATorch Contributor
I think there were two fights we obviously missed. Number 1 is obviously GSP vs Anderson Silva. Nowadays, the fight means nothing, but if it happened back in 2010ish, it could’ve been the biggest fight ever. The other, more recently, is Khabib. There is a debate that you could argue it would be the greatest Welterweight vs the greatest Lightweight of all time, and this show probably would’ve topped McGregor/Khabib for sales. The marketing of the undefeated phenom, vs the greatest of all time, or one of, and the biggest challenge in both of their careers.
Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor
There are many GSP fights we didn’t get that I would have loved to see. The Anderson Silva super fight would have been amazing if done at the right time. Unfortunately, that right time never presented itself. A rubber match with Matt Serra would have been cool, but again the timing was never right. But the one fight I wish we could have gotten out of Georges St-Pierre was with Conor McGregor because I feel the time was absolutely right for that fight.
If GSP and McGregor fought this year, it would have been perfect for all involved. It would give both guys a big fight that would add to their legacies and it would keep them both from muddying up championship pictures in either the lightweight or welterweight divisions. It likely would have been the biggest fight in UFC history and no title would have to be at stake. McGregor is the perfect type of opponent for St-Pierre. McGregor would be able to talk up the fight and try and get under GSP’s skin, and all the Canadian would have to do is try and keep a straight face and promise fans he would put McGregor in his place.
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It’s a shame it didn’t happen, but I’m happy that St-Pierre gets to go out on top and on his own terms. It’s truly a rare occurrence in combat sports.
Any fight that didn’t go to a 5 round decision would have been nice.