Prediction: GSP to 185

  if two things happen...



First he needs to win the Diaz fight.  Second, they need to make sure his good buddy Nate has a good weight cut in his first crack at 170.  If both these go down like they're hoping, watch for GSP to vacate the 170 strap  and let Nate make a run at it.



GSP's fans are becoming uninterested in watching him fight, with some even becoming hostile towards him.  I find it amazing that he can dominate every one of his opponents at such a high level but can also see how his run in the 170 lb div is becoming stale on the entertainment side of things.  GSP is a smart man and is well aware of this I'm sure.  He also seems like he genulinely cares about his fans and aims to please. 



He is also probably a smart business man.  He's worried a loss might affect his marketability, but at the rate he's going, if nobody cares about watching his fights, those sponsorships may stall.  GSP is a rare situation where he is the current champ and winning every fight yet it seems his career as a fighter is stalling.  A move to 185 will renew fan interest.   Hopefully it would also light a fire under his ass and we'd see that killer instinct that got him to where he is now.



I dont know if he'd fight Anderson in his first fight at 185 or not,  But if he beats Diaz and Nate makes 170 comfortably, look for GSP to make the move.



This or I'm completely wrong,








Kid Salami -  ...This or I'm completely wrong,

lol way to hedge your bet there :)

Kid Salami -   
This or I'm completely wrong,







lol great job just making everything you wrote before this absolutely pointless. haha

Dana doesn't want to see GSP move up and neither does GSP or his coaching staff. Not to mention if he loses to Silva (could easily happen) then he is just an ex champ in the middle like an out of prime Hughes or Penn. That would surely see his marketability slip. Phone Post

After his last fight im no longer a gsp fan hes a smart fighter but just so fucking boring Phone Post

NICK NOT NATE Phone Post

I wouldn't do it if I were him, not a lot to gain and much to lose.

I think if he moved up, he would vacate and not do a super fight. He needs to bulk up and feel out the Middle Weight division. A couple top level bouts with him dominating, he could get a title run in a year, which would solidify his legacy and also be beneficial to fight a then older Anderson.

I don't think his popularity/marketability is dipping right now... Just look at the PPV numbers for events he is headlining.

As for the move up, I dint think there's a reason for hum to do that, unless he really wants to. But really, it's not his fault nobody can compete against hi in the WW division. So that shouldn't mean he has to move up and fight guys that have a size and strength advantage over him. He just needs to stop fighting so timid and fight like he used to, and fan interest will remain if no increase.

MercWaMouth85 - If GSP does move up I think most of us agree that Nate will own the ww division. <img src="/images/phone/post_tag.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


There was only 1 wrestler at 185 at that time, there are a bunch of wrestlers at 170, i wouldnt be so sure

Story has a good chance of whipping dat ass

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He'll move up the second Anderson Silva retires. GSP is a coward, too scared to go up and make the biggest UFC fight ever, while BJ Penn didn't think a thing of it doing the exact same thing going up to fight GSP.

Arecsa - He'll move up the second Anderson Silva retires. GSP is a coward, too scared to go up and make the biggest UFC fight ever, while BJ Penn didn't think a thing of it doing the exact same thing going up to fight GSP.
Seeing BJ Penn do it on a whim with poor results would discourage more than encourage anyone from doing it.

With all due respect to Georges and his skills, there is no way he should step in the cage with The P4P King:





Anderson would buzzsaw him and send him back down to 170 with the quickness.

 

At a time when Franklin was thought to be invincible; The Spider proved otherwise by out muscling the huge middleweight and eventually trapping him in his Brazilian fly trap.  Rich Franklin then decided to move up in weight after a humbling rematch with Silva.



The King has tapped "The Michael Jordan of jiu-jitsu" - Mike Goldberg :)



He finished the unfinishable Dan Henderson within two rounds.



Anderson broke the unbreakable Forrest Griffin and made him quit:





 

Withstood a four and a half round ass kicking by a savage (with a rib injury) and still pulled off a submission finish.



And he just humiliated his top middleweight competition with a Matrix-esque front kick to the face.



Discounting the illegal kick loss to Okami, Anderson is on a six year, 17 fight win streak.  



I'm  by no means implying Georges is afraid but this fight would not be as competitive as a lot of people would like it to be.  If these two do end up stepping inside the Octagon, we will clearly see the space between The #1 P4P Fighter in Mixed Martial Arts and #2 on that list.

The Swinging Richard - If these two do end up stepping inside the Octagon, we will clearly see the space between The #1 P4P Fighter in Mixed Martial Arts and #2 on that list.
Them stepping into the Octagon doesn't do much in terms of P4P rankings unless GSP wins. It is expected that when two fighters have equal talent, the larger fighter should win. If Anderson is ranked higher than GSP on the P4P list, he'd be expected to win even if they were of equal size. Needless to say if the smaller fighter beats the larger fighter, he undeniably moves ahead of him in P4P and weight class rankings.

this mega-fight will never happen. when has gsp shown enough budo to risk fighting someone like the spider? never. it's evident in the way he fights.
obviously, gsp is a great fighter, but he's not a , "warrior."

Ansari - 
The Swinging Richard - If these two do end up stepping inside the Octagon, we will clearly see the space between The #1 P4P Fighter in Mixed Martial Arts and #2 on that list.
Them stepping into the Octagon doesn't do much in terms of P4P rankings unless GSP wins. It is expected that when two fighters have equal talent, the larger fighter should win. If Anderson is ranked higher than GSP on the P4P list, he'd be expected to win even if they were of equal size. Needless to say if the smaller fighter beats the larger fighter, he undeniably moves ahead of him in P4P and weight class rankings.

I agree with what you're saying.

If they were to fight, I just think Anderson would dominate GSP and show how far above him he is on the P4P list. The day after the fight they will still be ranked at #1 and #2 though.