Originally posted on MMATorch.com on 03-15-2017
Predict who will be the Middleweight Champion one year from now and play out how we get there.
MICHAEL GROCKE, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
I think it comes down to three fighters: Michael Bisping, George St. Pierre, and Yoel Romero. I have no idea what to expect from GSP when he returns to fight Bisping sometime in the fall. Bisping isn’t even the best fighter in his division, yet he holds the title. He’s only defended the title once since he won it back in June of 2016, and it wasn’t even against a Top 10 Middleweight. He’s managed to avoid fighting the best in the division and, who knows, maybe he’ll retire before he’s forced to.
Although it pains me to say, I’ll go with Bisping over GSP in the fall. If Bisping is true to his word and gives Romero the next shot, Romero will be the Middleweight Champion next year. The worst thing for Romero is for GSP to beat Bisping for the title because I don’t see the UFC giving him the first shot at the new champion.
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