It looks like Santa may grant one of my 2006 Christmas wishes.
UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre (13-1) might fight undefeated contender Diego Sanchez (17-0) at UFC 69 in Montreal, Canada, according to MMAWeekly.com.
Lately, the usually reliable Web site has been driving us nuts with its future match up rumors. But, on the heels of recent statements from Matt Hughes, this seems to be the dream showdown we can expect on April 7.
And man, I'm drooling over the possibility.
Both studs — who would be only 25 years old at fight time in 2007 — are the future of a stacked 170-pound UFC class. It's a rivalry that could span years (God willing) and spark fantastic fireworks.
Former nine-time champ Matt Hughes (40-5) was Dana White's first choice to face St. Pierre in a championship rubber match. But, the UFC president had to backtrack on his statement after Hughes intimated he wanted a little more time before getting back in the Octagon with "Rush."
After an impressive victory over super talented Karo Parisyan (16-4) at UFC Fight Night 6 and a highlight reel stoppage of Joe Riggs (25-9) at UFC Fight Night at Miramar, Sanchez is primed for a title shot.
In his post-Miramar fight interview, however, Sanchez made it clear that he would prefer to fight Hughes before he retires, as well as work on refining some elements of his game prior to locking horns with the current champ.
It looks like he may now get his shot at the belt sooner than expected.
And we have no doubt that he'll be ready.
What a great fight this will be ... even if it doesn't happen at UFC 69.