Following his dominant performance against BJ Penn last night at UFC 94, Georges St-Pierre came face-to-face with the man who is next in line for a title shot -- Thiago Alves.
Alves, a very dangerous striker with excellent takedown defense, will be one of St-Pierre's toughest challenges to date. It should be a great fight.
However, a quick survey of the welterweight landscape shows that there really isn’t anyone after 'The Pitbull.' Sure, there are some excellent competitors in the UFC's 170 lbs. division, but St-Pierre has essentially beaten them all.
Perhaps a rematch with Josh Koscheck or Jon Fitch could be in the books, or there's always the possibility that a top welterweight like Jake Shields will sign with the UFC. Hell, maybe Joe Silva will get desperate and give Mike Swick a title shot.
Regardless of these possibilities, it seems that St-Pierre will be short on challengers if he gets past Alves. He could find himself in the same boat as UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Since they would both be in need of a worthy opponent, it makes sense for the UFC to pull the trigger on the champion vs. champion dream match -- just as long as no titles are on the line.
At a Toronto press conference last November, UFC president Dana White made it clear that the two would face if St-Pierre defeated Penn.
St-Pierre vs. Silva would draw big numbers for the company and would give both fighters a high-profile match while the UFC scrambles to find deserving number one contenders.
However, this will only provide a short-term solution. It won't be long before both fighters get lonely at the top of their respective division.
MACHIDA DESERVES TITLE SHOT
Though all eyes were fixated on last night's main event, Lyoto Machida was truly the MVP of UFC 94. Facing a very tough and aggressive Thiago Silva, 'The Dragon' looked untouchable. Every time he entered the pocket, he landed significant blows and then was gone before Silva could even think of a counter strike.
Over the course of the first round he scored two knock downs and two sweeps, following up the last trip with a huge knockout punch as the round was ending.
Since the UFC is taking its time in giving Quinton Jackson another shot at the light-heavyweight title, Machida is the only other fighter who deserves a match with Rashad Evans at this point.
HOLY DECISIONS, BATMAN
For the first time in UFC history, the first eight fights all went to decision.
Some of the matches were moderately entertaining -- Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida -- others were lackluster -- Karo Parisyan vs. Dong Hyun Kim. One would think that any new fan in attendance last night would have been thrown off by the complete lack of finishes.