Second post on this thread...
And something else came to my mind.
I think GSP would be a successful MW, but not sure if he would be a champion. And what Dana wants at this moment is for GSP to be a Champion. Why is that?!? I think it's simple: money, PPV buys, media interest, publicity, exposure...IN CANADA
Remember UFC 97, pre-fight conference???
Dana White said (quote): "Canada is the mecca for mixed martial arts...I honestly don't think there are too many places we could go and sell 22,000 tickets as fast as we did here. People up here tell me ...".
No doubt, the interest for MMA in Canada is very high. GSP was named sporting personality of the year in Canada, MMA is becoming more and more popular. And GSP is a the main reason for that.
If i'm not mistaking MMA is not legal in all canadian states. Dana has noticed the rise in popularity of MMA in Canada and he intends to take full advantage of that. Proof: UFC 115 Vancouver. And the potential is huge. After USA, Canada is the UFC's second biggest market....
And that's why i think he needs GSP as champion, in order to generate a lot of interest from the canadian fans. It's not like the canadian fans wouldn't buy tikets or PPV's no more if GSP would fight at MW, but at WW he is the undisputed king, and it's another feeling for canadians to have a cnadian as a champion, as one of the best.
And now, Dana is taking a similar approach on the british market imo, another one with huge potential.
Have you ever thought that one of the reason for Hardy's title shot could be this one...??? ()