This subject has been on my mind for some time honestly.
This morning (european time here), while reading the latest MMA news, one title in particular, caught my attention, on MMA Junkie.
Dana White: BJ Penn vs. Jon Fitch Will Decide Next No. 1 Contender
Well, i agree it would make a lot of sense.
Fitch is the number 1 contender for ages really. Since he lost to GSP he disposed of every fighter put in front of him, even if he didn't do it in spectacular fashion. But he beat everyone.
Fitch is a beast - simple as that. And the only reason while he didn't get his shot already it's because there were others who didn't get the shot at GSP's title so far.
BJ?! Well...BJ has something about him. Amazing or ... not amazing! Simple as that. He destroyed Hughes in 21 seconds. Epic!
So...why not give him Fitch! Makes sense! If BJ was to challenge GSP, he definitely should test himself with Fitch.
And this is when i started thinking about this: what are the UFC's intentions really?!
Everyone knows what Dana said: if GSP beats Shields, he will fight Anderson Silva at MW.
But that would mean, winner of Fitch-Penn would have nobody to fight against for the belt!
So, what does the UFC know and they're not telling us?!
I tried to run some scenarios in my mind and i still haven't figured it out yet. But, i'll share it with you:
GSP beats Shields and then fights Silva.
GSP beats Silva - that means he will most likely stay at MW to defend the belt, in a rematch, most likely, because everyone would ask for it, starting with Silva and his camp. That would also mean GSP would vacate his WW title, so that winner of Fitch-BJ could fight against the next-in-line contender. But i don't believe GSP will vacate his title, before the possible Silva fight.
GSP loses a close decision to Silva - in this case it depends on how he loses. If it's a close decision for Silva, again: the chances for a rematch are big. And GSP would vacate his title to stay at MW.
GSP loses badly to SIlva - i believe GSP would say: "screw the MW division, i'm going back to my division to beat those guys and kill their dreams". I don't think GSP would stay in a division where the chances of him having the belt wouldn't be too good. I just don't see it.
He is used on being a champion and he loves it!
In this case, having the WW belt, he would defend it against winner of Fitch-BJ, but that fight would take place sometimes next year, meaning Fitch or BJ would take a long break from fighting. ANd that sucks! Big time! For them, for the UFC, for the fans!
GSP loses to Shields
It depends on how that fight will go also - GSP could loses a close decision to Shields (more than possible) and GSP could come out and ask for a rematch and the UFC would have to agree, especially when there are similar cases happening recently: (BJ-Edgar or Edgar-Maynard).
If the fight would have a clear outcome - Fitch or BJ would fight for the WW belt later in the year - september or october?!
But that would screw UFC's plans for GSP vs Silva. And i don't think they want that! NO WAY!
Sounds like something SCI-FI doesn't it?!
Maybe i'm asking myself too many questions, but i couldn't help it.
The way the UFc has put together some fight in the last 2 years, had me wonderring.
Are they hiding something?!
Do they have some *secret plans* for the near future?!
Are they taking a big gamble on all this GSP-Silva *super-ultra-mega-fight*?!
Maybe the solution will be easy as hell.
Some say GSP beats Shields and vacates title to fight Silva, but i doubt it. I believe in something more like what BJ did when he fought GSP for the second time...
Oooh well...just silly words coming out of my keyboard.
But i would like to hear your thoughts on this also!
See if there are others out there, with such a lovely imagination as mine...