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Champion vs. champion? If the 170-pound stars align and Jon Fitch is as good at predicting fights as he is grinding out decisions, then yes, we could see Georges St. Pierre vs. Nate Marquardt later this year.
Sounds like the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brass may have found one more reason to keep Johny Hendricks out of the welterweight title picture -- assuming Jake Ellenberger doesn't do it for them.
That's if Jon Fitch is as good as Nostradumbass at predicting fights, as the former division number one contender tells MMA Junkie that Georges St. Pierre will "probably" beat Nick Diaz, who was able to leapfrog "Bigg Rigg" in the title race, when they hook 'em up at the UFC 158 pay-per-view (PPV) event on March 16 in Montreal.
"I think a shake-up could have happened if Johny Hendricks would have gotten the title shot. I think right now it looks like 'GSP' will probably defeat Diaz. The way it looks, I think there's a strong possibility the fight after that will probably be Marquardt just because it's champion vs. champion."
Like Hendricks and St. Pierre, Marquardt has his own task ahead of him, having been promoted to the main event of next week's Showtime event opposite Tarec Saffiedine in Oklahoma. If he's able to absorb "The Sponge," he will return to the ranks of UFC (we think) as Strikeforce champion.
The best case scenario for Fitch is a St. Pierre loss. The former Purdue wrestler was outclassed by "Rush" when they battled over the belt back in 2008. He tried to inch his way back into contention, but got stymied by a Hendricks' left hand. Imagine if the bearded brawler and GSP came up lame at UFC 158? Fitch would be sittin' pretty.
Hey, stranger things have happened.