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Can Anybody Beat Georges St-Pierre?

Submitted by on March 18, 2013 – 10:04 amNo Comment
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After yet another dominant performance at UFC 158 against Nick Diaz, we have to really start asking ourselves if there is any 170-lbs fighter in the world that can beat Georges St-Pierre.

And, as of right now, the answer is an emphatic “no.”

No disrespect to Johny Hendricks, who will get his shot at GSP next, but St-Pierre is on a whole different level when it comes to the fight game. He’s not as flashy as Jon Jones or Anderson Silva, but he gets the job done with what appears to be the greatest of ease thanks to his world class wrestling. While the welterweight division is stacked with talent, it is evident that GSP is head and shoulders above the competition. The reasoning is that it is damn difficult to stop GSP from doing what he wants, when he wants, for five rounds.

And, strangely enough, he’s not a devastating striker or even one that puts fear into the hearts of his opponents. He hasn’t finished a foe in four years and seven fights. What the French Canadian does is dictate where the fight goes and how long you can stay on your feet. If you like to strike, rest assured that you’ll be on your back. Oftentimes, St-Pierre looks like he’s being shot out of a cannon when he goes for double leg takedowns. Nobody has been able to stop him from getting the fight down on the mat. And let’s just say that your jiujitsu is good, like Nick Diaz’s. Well, St-Pierre’s top control is so ridiculously good that you’ll be unable to put yourself in a position to slap on a triangle choke or an arm bar. It’s really spooky stuff when you think about it.

Nick Diaz was a volume puncher with a great ground game and he had absolutely nothing for the welterweight king on Saturday night. Carlos Condit was a mean technical striker that is as durable as they come but GSP had the remedy for that. Jake Shields was a great grappler but couldn’t do enough to win. Josh Koscheck was an awesome wrestler that had no answer for the jab.

GSP simply does whatever he wants and neutralizers all of your strengths.

It will be interesting to see what Johny Hendricks can do against St-Pierre considering that he packs a stick of dynamite in his left hand and has perhaps the most significant wrestling credentials to go up against GSP yet. Jake Ellenberger could be fun to watch with his heavy hands and stout takedown defense, and nobody wants to go to the ground with Demian Maia. But do you really think any of them can beat GSP? I don’t.

It’s not exciting to watch but I’ll be damned if it isn’t the most dominant 25 minutes you’ll ever witness. It’s so frustrating to see GSP dominate his opponents that I wouldn’t be surprised if they began a petition to keep GSP from using the double leg takedown. Quite honestly, the only way to truly shake things up is to put St-Pierre into the Octagon with Anderson Silva. But judging by St-Pierre’s demeanor, he’ll likely just stay at welterweight and break a bunch of records before he calls it a night.

 

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