Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Is reigning UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre succumbing to the hard knocks life of mixed martial arts superstardom? One contending welterweight believes 2013 could see a major shake-up at 170 pounds.
"It's really anybody's game, I think. I think a big question is how healthy is GSP? He's kind of getting -- I personally think -- maybe towards the latter part of his career. He's had a bunch of injuries that he's had to sit out and rehab and heal up. His durability, I think, is in question. We'll definitely see in this upcoming fight of his with [Carlos] Condit, but I think there's a lot of guys right there in the mix that could maybe knock GSP off now since he's had some injuries or maybe GSP just wants to retire. Who knows? It's really anybody's game, but there's a lot of guys in the welterweight division that I think could shake things up for 2013."
Rough-and-tumble welterweight anvil Mike Pierce, who takes on Seth Baczynski at the upcoming UFC on FX 6 event next month in Australia, tells Sherdog Radio he isn't convinced reigning division champion Georges St. Pierre is holding up very well under the rigors of a career in mixed martial arts (MMA). "Rush" is coming off kneehab to prove otherwise against Carlos Condit at the UFC 154 event later this month in Montreal and could be close to expiring as 170-pound champ, if Pierce's scouting report is indeed accurate. Anyone think we could have a new division landscape in 2013? Or has the Oregonian taken one too many shots to the dome?