People are concerned about the Mayan prophecy coming true and the world ending in December. They may not have an extra month to prepare their doomsday shelters as the world could possibly end Saturday at UFC 154.

No, World War III isn’t likely to start given what will happen inside the Octagon, but the equivalent to mass chaos (at least in the MMA world) could happen if Georges St-Pierre tastes the sting of defeat once more in his career.

It’s not like it’s something we haven’t seen before, as GSP has lost to both Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. Of course, St-Pierre also came back to completely obliterate both men in their rematches. So if Carlos Condit were to pull off the upset at UFC 154, how would it affect GSP’s legacy?

It wouldn’t affect it at all.

Condit may have been pushed into title contention due to Nick Diaz’s issues, but he proved his worth by taking out Diaz at UFC 143. A win over GSP would cement Condit’s place at the top of the welterweight division. He’s a very dangerous fighter and a handful for anyone at 170 pounds. Condit didn’t get here by being lucky, he got here by becoming one of the most prolific fighters in the division today.

St-Pierre has a few things working in his favor to help him save face should he lose to Condit. He’s coming off knee surgery that leaves many athletes in other sports never looking the same. GSP knows how his body works and no doubt maintains a healthy working body, which likely aided in his healing process. Yet, if St-Pierre doesn’t look like the same fighter, expect MMA fans to quickly point out the fact it’s his first fight back from an ACL tear.

The other “excuse” that could help St-Pierre if he loses would be the fact that he hasn’t competed in the Octagon since UFC 129 in April of 2011. We’ve all come to know what cage rust looks like and there’s sure to be some of it from St-Pierre at UFC 154. The question will be whether or not GSP avoids the silly mistakes that cage rust tends to cause and if Condit can take advantage of the openings.

The one area in which GSP’s legacy will be damaged by a loss to Condit is the fact that St-Pierre has been so dominant as champion since the loss to Serra. He’s controlled nearly every second of competition in the Octagon and has looked as close to unbeatable as one can. A loss to Condit will shatter that aura of invincibility and perhaps give others courage that they too can defeat the almighty GSP.

As pro wrestling legend Ric Flair always loved to say, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.” That holds true for Condit given the fact that nearly everyone still considers GSP to be the top dog in the UFC welterweight division. Condit is going to need a convincing victory in order to change people’s minds. A smart decision victory like he had over Diaz at UFC 143 isn’t going to make anyone change their minds as to who the best of the best really is.

So, let’s look into the future for a bit and see where both men go if Condit secures a KO or submission victory against St-Pierre.

Condit will assume the mantle of the best at 170 pounds and likely move on to facing the winner of Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann. Both fights would be fun to dissect given the KO power and wrestling of Hendricks along with the pinpoint striking and overall game of Kampmann against Condit’s style.

St-Pierre will fall down the ladder some, but I’d expect to see him in a No. 1 contender bout immediately after UFC 154.  The vaunted superfight between he and Anderson Silva will be lost forever, as it’s a fight that can only be sold with both men wearing UFC gold. You know St-Pierre will not want to leave the division without the title around his waist and will be focused on getting it back. Silva is on the tail end of his career and is unlikely to wait around for years to come for a superfight that’s growing increasingly irrelevant as each pay-per-view goes by.

A loss hurts anyone’s career, but given the resume and skill set possessed by Condit, it won’t be a crippling loss to St-Pierre’s legacy. I expect to see St-Pierre back in the hunt very soon if he loses, attempting to ride off into the sunset with UFC gold around his waist.

Photo: Georges St-Pierre (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

About The Author

Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.