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Mike Swick Still Wants Hughes, But the UFC Still Needs a Legitimate Challenger For GSP

(This game of strip poker would have been a lot more fun if Swick had any desire at all to see you guys naked.)

Though Mike Swick’s injury proved to be a major bummer for a UFC 103 card that could have really used a number-one contender fight to improve its overall appeal, the withdrawal just might end up getting Swick the fight he wanted to begin with.  Before the UFC matched him up against Martin Kampmann, Swick asked for Matt Hughes.  When he didn’t get it, he gladly took the fight with Kampmann, which the UFC later said would determine who got the next shot at   Now Swick says he could be ready to go again as soon as UFC 104, and, if you don’t mind, he’d like to make a suggestion about a possible opponent: 

 No next opponent has been offered, but yes I would love to fight Hughes. I will be ready by UFC 104 so just waiting for the UFC to call. … I have no set return yet. I just said I will be ready by UFC 104. So 104, 105, 106, 107… I will fight as soon as I get an opportunity!

The UFC didn’t listen to his pleas the first time, but this might actually work.  Hughes just re-upped for a few more fights, and UFC 104 might become more of a must-see if Swick-Hughes bumps Gleison Tibau-Josh Neer to the dark portion of the card. 

But here’s the problem: Swick-Hughes probably isn’t going to be a number one contender fight any more than Kampmann-Daley is.  Even if Hughes beats Swick there’s really no reason to think anyone would be interested in seeing him take a third beatdown at the hands of GSP, and regardless of whether it’s Kampmann or Daley who wins at UFC 103, it’s hard to call either of them the second-best welterweight in the UFC. 

That means you’re either setting up a de facto welterweight tournament to see who gets GSP next – and it’s at least possible that the unappealing and uncompetitive Hughes-Daley match-up could be the end result – or else the UFC could wait and see who’s left standing before they decide who gets the shot.

Regardless what they decide to do, this situation makes it clear that the UFC is facing a lack of viable challengers for GSP.  They need someone in the ranks to step up with a couple dominant victories in order to make a title fight seem compelling.  That’s possible if Swick could put away Hughes and then Kampmann, both in impressive fashion.  If that’s the route the UFC decides to go, it’s going to mean some time off for GSP.  Perhaps he should consider a movie role in the meantime.

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Keyser Soze- September 8, 2009 at 6:05 pm
GSP vs Hughes IV wouldn't end any differently than II or III, except maybe faster.

GSP vs Penn III is equivalent to rewarding Penn for being an utter ass... and wouldn't end any differently. BJ does not fare well at WW, and would still get dominated.

GSP had two challenges in Alves and FItch, legitimate contenders at WW, and proved that fighting in the octogon requires more than just a well rounded skillset, but a solid gameplan that can be executed. And he did.

Koschek, even if he were lucky enough to get GSP down, still couldn't finish him if he had to. Pointless fight.

Kampmann vs GSP is somewhat interesting, only because it's a WW he hasn't already faced, but I don't think Kampmann would come out the winner.

All GSP has to do is avoid Swick's initial flurry, as he always comes out blasting... predictable, and easily countered for a takedown. Swick would be dead in the 2nd round, and GSP's dangerous enough that even Swick would be leery of rushing in fists a blazing.

I'd like to see GSP take on a couple middleweights just to see it happen. He trains with LHW's (Evans and Jardine), and they have difficulty taking him down. I think GSP's perfectly capable at MW, but that's just my opinion.

For those who say GSP's too small to compete at MW... Fedor's usually smaller than his opponents.
EDoggFunkMonk- September 8, 2009 at 2:26 pm
GSP's next opponent: Penn covered in Corn Starch. It will negate GSP's vaseline game.
cagefighter- September 8, 2009 at 2:08 pm
Everybody is talkin about fighter moving uf weight-class. Silva to LHW and HW, Penn to WW, Machida to HW...and stuff. So why people aren't talking about GSP moving up ?!. At this point he has pretty much cleared his division due to his domination and the lack of contender ( Swick vs Kampman wasn't really a true contendership fight).

Give him some legits contenders a 185 for 2 fights.( Bisping, Belcher, Akiyama, Maia would be interesting) Then made him comeback to WW when some fighters seems to get ready for a shot at him. Right now Im talking about a kind of tournament.

Daley vs Kampman , Swick vs Hughes , Fitch vs Almedia , Alves vs Paulo Thiago.

Is this making sence ?!
GetUpAndKill- September 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm
@ Mike

Haha I bad...but really they are both exciting explosive young up and comers who just happen to have similar ethnic backgrounds. Man a fight between them be an awesome exhibit of black on black crime!!!
Mike Milbury- September 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm
@GetUpAndKill: I could insert the obligatory racist joke about you confusing the two men, but I won't, lol.
Catalyst8487- September 8, 2009 at 1:30 pm

I didn't know they were friends, truth be told. I was just thinking middle of the road middleweights for GSP to tussle against.
GetUpAndKill- September 8, 2009 at 1:24 pm
^ But I like the idea of GSP vs. bigger dudes at 185...I mean he just hung 5 rounds, dropped and rag dolled a natural 185er in Alves so why not?
GetUpAndKill- September 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm

You're joking about GSP vs. Cote right? That friendship is more closley guarded than Lyoto and A. Silva...the francophone bond is strong. It would never happen.
Catalyst8487- September 8, 2009 at 1:12 pm
@MMAMoneyLine GSP should move up and face Cote. Wouldn't be for months tho since GSP is out for now.

I'm in fantasy world now but what about GSP vs another elite wrestler like Hendo?
GetUpAndKill- September 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm
@Mike Millbury

Woops my mistake...I confused Anthony Johnson with Jon Jones...understandable really.
Mike Milbury- September 8, 2009 at 12:52 pm
@GetUpAndKill: Excuse my ignorance, but when did Anthony Johnson join Greg Jackson's? Serious question.
eelcozy- September 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm
Yeah, if anything I think Fitch and Alves should be built up to rematches. I don't really care who GSP fights in the mean time as long as it isn't Hughes or BJ.
MMAMoneyLine- September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm
I don't want to see St. Pierre/Hughes IV or St. Pierre/Penn III. They should give St. Pierre an "Anderson Silva/James Irvin" fight against a Middleweight.

Have St. Pierre co headline a PPV against Yoshiro Akiyama while the Kampmann/Daley, Swick/Hughes, Alves/Thiago and Fitch/Almeida fights work themselves out.
spikeacosta- September 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm
"Thiago Alves and jon fitch went five with GSP. They should give kappmann to fitch and swick to Alves, then have winners go at it and winner gets GSP"

i agree. though i think alves vs kampmann, and fitch vs swick are better matchups.

eventually, i think it'll be a fitch vs alves contention bout.
GetUpAndKill- September 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm
@ Agentsmith

I agree...I think the spin doctors should get rolling on Penn Vs. GSP III

Bj won't ever...ever...ever...let it go and I hate to say it but in 20 years the incident will still be talked about as we are in the hayday of MMA.

So unless there is a 3rd match it will never die. BJ would be game; though I don't think GSP would be keen on it (even though it would be so sweet to beat his ass again).

As far as A. Silva goes...I actually think GSP could hang and wouldn't necessarily get his ass handed to him. I think his gameplans and executions would make this a decent fight...probably a UD for Silva but who knows.

Swick wants to put his mark on Hughes for his own legacy...all of the cool kids are doing it so he also wants a peice of the pie.

I would have liked to see Antony Johnson expedited through the ranks but now that he's working with Greg Jackson I doubt it will happen.
Da Spied Her- September 8, 2009 at 11:47 am
GSP could always have elbow surgery while he's waiting. All the cool champions are doing it!
Jackal- September 8, 2009 at 11:46 am
Thiago Alves and jon fitch went five with GSP. They should give kappmann to fitch and swick to Alves, then have winners go at it and winner gets GSP

that would put GSP out til around June though. Or they could shortcut it and give the title shot to the fighter who wins in best fashion? UFC fighter can fight in four months no? give 'em five then and GSP can fight them in March...

agentsmith- September 8, 2009 at 11:35 am
It's sad that the most compelling match-up for GSP would be another rematch with BJ. Aside from a pretty much guaranteed beatdown were he to fight Anderson Silva, that is.
Jugger- September 8, 2009 at 11:34 am
Kampmann-Swick was a joke of a "contender fight" anyways. Neither of them is even close. I mean, I don't think either of them has a chance in Haites to beat Thiago Alves, who just lost to GSP.

Swick might as well fight Hughes. It's a good fight for both of them. Swick is beatable, especially considering Hughes' skillset. If Swick wins he gets a win over a 'name'.

All the weightclasses (besides HW) seem so stagnant at the moment. BJ Penn, GSP, A. Silva, Lyoto... they are all p.f.p. top fighters that seem unbeatable. After we see how Brock does against Carwin, the HW division might be locked up pretty tight too.

Good thing TUF 10 is about to start because the UFC needs some drama.
peanutbuttter- September 8, 2009 at 11:29 am
So who is supposed to fight GSP in the meantime?
Mike Milbury- September 8, 2009 at 11:06 am
There's still time to find the next victim. GSP is out until February.