Posted by sclasclemski
ok...whats the work...who do feel are really up to snuff in the UFC WW division right now that can truly give GSP a run for his money
You are missing the point completely. Let me see if I understand you right... You're basic premise is that GSP has cleaned out the WW division and because there isn't a suitable challenger to the title he has earned he should take time away from the division (a minimum of 18 months) for a single shot at Anderson Silva?
If that is infact what you are suggesting, then what does GSP do after that fight? Does he stay at MW? Does he take the necessary time off to get back to WW? His legacy is far from cemented at 170 pounds. So many people argue that he's got nothing left to prove there. But the fact remains that he's not even the most dominant fighter to wear that strap.
GSP's legacy should not be defined by a move up to 185 because he's already beat every top contender. His legacy should be defined by not only surpassing the bar that Matt Hughes has set; but raising that bar as far as he can to put it out of reach for the next several generations of fighters yet to come.
While I'm all for seeing the greatest fighters square off against eachother, the fact of the matter is Anderson Silva would beat GSP. Not because Spider is a better fighter, but because he's equally as good, only much, much bigger.
Even if GSP were to beat Silva it's still bad for the UFC's title picture. He can't physically defend both belts because of his stated desire to maintain a body structure condusive to one weight class or the other. He cannot healthily make consistant weigh-cuts and gains to consistantly defend both belts. So would you rather he vacate the WW belt and remain at MW? (a division where he will be clearly undersized) Remember, he still isn't even the most dominate WW champion in UFC history. How would that move be good for his legacy?
Or would you rather he reject the MW belt and return to WW to defend his title and become the greatest WW champion in UFC history? If that's the case, then why waste 18 months to 2 years of his career for a single fight in which he won't retain a belt, and likely wouldn't win in the first place?
There just isn't good argument that can be made as for why a fight with Anderson Silva would be good for GSP's long-term career. He should stay where he's at, and more MMA fans should appreciate him for what he's done rather then expect him to accomplish things which would likely be a detrament to his long-term career and his legacy in the sport.