Lord of the Octagon: The Return of The King
Hello everybody, before I get started with my first post on My Fantasy Sports Talk I would like to introduce myself, My name is Ryan Thomas and I am from a little town called Lockport about 20 miles north of Buffalo, NY. Over the course of my time as a journalism major at both Niagara County Community College and Buffalo State College, I have interned for several radio stations and news stations primarily WGRZ channel 2 news. My main focus is to develop myself into a sports writer and sports broadcaster, football, baseball, hockey, and MMA are my primary sports focuses. So with that being said my introduction is now over.
As Bruce Buffer would say IT”S TIME to talk about the man who I refer to as the “Lord of The Octagon“. No it is not Conor McGregor the biggest cash cow the sport of MMA has ever seen, no it is not the man they refer to as ” The Spider” and longtime middleweight kingpin, Anderson Silva. This man has been lost in the Rousey/McGregor shuffle, the Jon Jones hit and run, and the comeback of Robbie Lawler. The real king of the Octagon and in my eyes the greatest MMA fighter of all-time is Georges St.Pierre.
While everyone has been sidetracked by the McGregor vs UFC articles and the return of Jon Bones Jones. No story is AS BIG and AS EXCITING than the “possible” return of the former 170lb Welterweight Champion. “GSP” hasn’t appeared in the octagon since November of 2013 vs Johnny Hendricks at UFC 167. The fight was a close razor-thin split decision. On my score cards I did have Georges winning three rounds to two. Although Hendricks inflicted damage, St.Pierre controlled the pace of the fight in the championship rounds. After the fight St.Pierre accomplished a feat that most athletes could only dream of. Going out on top. At the time of his last title defense nobody except for the before mentioned Anderson Silva defended their belt more than GSP. He had a remarkable career beating a ‘who’s who’ of MMA legends ( Matt Hughes, BJ Penn two times a piece). In the last three years if you were to pull up interviews with GSP you would see a common question asked. When are you coming back?. While I have my doubts whether he SHOULD or WILL comeback I feel this is the biggest story and the biggest comeback of any fighter in the history of MMA. Forget Ronda Rousey’s too little too late comeback and the Conor McGregor soap opera. Georges St.Pierre IS the story. I credit GSP for not only being an amazing fighter but for really bringing the UFC into the mainstream. St.Pierre was the first man in UFC history to draw a stadium crowd at UFC 129 vs Jake Shields at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. 50,000 screaming Canadian MMA fans.
Most fans were merely wishing they were GSP, dressing as close as they possibly could to his signature pre-fight garb. Not only was St.Pierre one of the central figures to launch the UFC into the mainstream but he also was the first fighter in UFC history to be endorsed by brands such as Under Armour and Gatorade. So before we promote and proclaim that Conor McGregor is the face of the UFC let us remember that the McGregor train could easily come to a screeching halt with the return of Georges St.Pierre looming.
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