Hello everyone. Happy you could make it 🙂
On today’s agenda two men, both will weight 170 lbs on November 15th.
I’m referring of course to Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks and Georges “Rush” Saint-Pierre. The Challenger and the UFC Welterweight champion respectively.
On Saturday, Nov 16th at around 11:30 PM to Midnight, these two will do battle inside the octagon and at the end of this fight, one of two things will happen. Either the seemingly inevitable GSP win, or the punch that would shock the world.
Ok, after I grossly oversimplified the situation, let me elaborate.
The first part of this discussion will focus on the champion. The next one will be for the challenger.
What happened since then? Well, GSP’s record is (Wikipedia.org):
- Second most consecutive title defenses in the UFC history (8) – Second to Anderson Silva.
- Most successful title defenses in the UFC Welterweight division (8)
- Most consecutive title defenses in the UFC Welterweight division (8)
How he does it?
I will not go into the endless debate surrounding GSP. I covered this piece on a different post. I want to talk about what makes GSP such a dominant champion. For an MMA fan, this might be stating the obvious, but it’s worth saying because a) not everyone is a fan and b) If it was that obvious, others would do the same, no?
So, it begins with one main quality. GSP has the work ethic to go the distance (no pun intended). Starting MMA with good Karate is nice. Not enough to win a belt though. So GSP went to work on filling his arsenal. BJJ (Black belt), Wrestling (Training with Olympic wrestlers), Boxing (Working with Freddie Roach among others), Muay Thai (Working with Firas Zahabi and Phil Nurse) and as it became plain to see – conditioning and athleticism (Again, Olympic gymnasts).
Another layer of GSP’s ability is his work with Greg Jackson MMA. Some people have a lot to say about Jackson, but the fact remains, he is a master tactician. GSP didn’t retain his title for so long without a) knowing exactly what he was going to do in each round, b) being able to implement and no less important, c) Having Jackson to adjust on the fly.
So, Ever improving skill set, work ethic, tactics and guidance. Add to this a drive to leave a legacy behind and commitment to do whatever it takes and what do you have? Yes, the most dominant fighter and champion in Welterweight history. One of the widely held top 3 P4P (we’ll talk about this later) fighters in the world, Oh, and a pretty nice person too.
Why would GSP win this fight?
- Because he’s much more well-rounded than his opponent. Even his striking (where Hendricks might feel he has the advantage) is better technically. Cleaner, crisper style.
- Because GSP’s takedowns are legendary. And his takedown defense is superb.
- Because GSP wrestled wins out of wrestlers, stroke strikers to a bloody pulp and in general showed superiority to most his opponents.
- Because GSP can fight 5 intensive rounds and so far there’s no indication Hendricks can do so for 3.
- Because if there’s something GSP is excellent at, it’s… not getting hit as much.
- Because the game plan is simple – circle away from the power bomb and then be GSP.
Remember folks, check back next week for part 2, in which we will discuss Johny Hendricks and… Yes, I will put my (virtual) money on a winner.
In the meantime, let me know if you agree, or if you’d like to comment on this upcoming fight!
and of course – TUNE IN TO UFC 167 – NOV 16, 10 PM ET
Until next time