UFC 171 lived up to all expectations, particular the thrilling main event which had viewers on the edge of their seats. Johny Hendricks somehow, someway, got past a very tough opponent in Robbie Lawler but his next challenge remains unclear.
Rumours aplenty have surfaced that Georges St-Pierre is open to a return to MMA after announcing he will be vacating the belt and taking some time out in November. St-Pierre defeated current UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks in a competitive, yet controversial, decision at UFC 167 but Hendricks went on to win the belt at UFC 171.
On the main card were two welterweight tilts that were dubbed to separate the contender from the gatekeeper, but it did quite the opposite. Lombard’s performance against Shields was dominant but left a lot to be desired, while the unfortunate nature of Woodley’s TKO win over Condit makes it hard to rank him higher than the Natural Born Killer. Furthermore, Condit may be facing a lengthy spell away while Shields has beaten a number of top guys in the division including Woodley.
There is no direct next challenger for the belt, which makes a rematch between Hendricks and St-Pierre for the title make all the sense in the world. MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani suggested via Twitter that this December’s card in Montreal could be a possible stage, and this seems a match made in heaven.
One more idea about that 170: UFC going to Montreal in Dec. Nine months from now. Ya know …
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 16, 2014
The pay-per-view will undoubtedly get big numbers, will be highly anticipated and it’ll be interesting to see how a second fight plays out. It all comes down to whether St-Pierre is willing to come back and fight for the belt, which rumours suggest he is, and whether the UFC can meet his needs regarding drug testing and other issues. After Dana White guaranteed GSP would be back, why not put him in a title fight right away?