Originally posted on MMATorch.com on 02-22-2017
Among the possible opponents for GSP, which opponent fits these three criteria:
(a) The Biggest Money Fight
(b) The Most Relevant Fight for GSP and championships in UFC
(c) The Most Intriguing among newer top fighters who haven’t faced GSP before
MICHAEL GROCKE, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
The biggest money fight would be against Conor McGregor for the UFC Lightweight Title. Although GSP has said he can get down to 155, I think he’s better suited at 170, or even 185. A fight against McGregor would also prevent the winner of the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson fight getting the more deserving title shot. While a McGregor vs. GSP fight would do massive numbers, there are other options I like better for him.
Which brings us to the fight I’d like to see most: GSP vs. Tyron Woodley. Woodley is scheduled to fight Stephen Thompson at UFC 209. If Woodley retains, then it sets up GSP for a shot at the UFC Welterweight Title. Should he drop the belt, then it’s a fight I think should still be made, with the winner becoming the no. 1 contender.
The following are several fighters I’d also like to see GSP go up against: David Branch, Dong Hyun Kim, Robert Whittaker, and Jacare Souza.
There are two fights that seem to be popular that I don’t have much interest in: GSP vs. Nick Diaz and GSP vs. Damien Maia. A win against Diaz does nothing for him and a fight against Maia stylistically won’t make for an exciting fight.
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