I think Diego Sanchez is a legitimate threat to St. Pierre's reign. That guy is improving at a constant rate that it is scary, and this is coming from someone who is not the biggest Sanchez fan.
But honestly, I do not think he has the skills to beat St. Pierre at the moment. I am not saying that he does not deserve a title shot, but if he did, I think he would lose to St. Pierre.
In the stand up, I believe St. Pierre is much more technical and although he does not have heavy hands, he still knocks down his opponents and then finishes them off.
The only KO power we have seen from Sanchez is with his fight with Riggs (which Riggs instantly stood up from but then met an unfortunate end with an incoming knee). I give the edge in striking to St. Pierre until I see what Sanchez can do after training with Oscar de la Hoya in his next fight.
[Although at the same time, we never really seen St. Pierre's chin tested because he is very good at protecting himself (aside from that Penn fight). It is hard to tell whether if St. Pierre can take a shot.]
As for conditioning, I think they are equal. I personally thought that Sanchez was gassed (a bit) during his fight with Parisyan but he dug deep to finish the fight. St. Pierre has never really been tested in his conditioning so I cannot really comment.
Wrestling-wise, St. Pierre has the advantage (mainly due to his strength) but Sanchez is no slouch either. The slight edge goes to St. Pierre for just being more powerful but Sanchez is also very active on the ground.
For jiu-jutsu skills, they are both equal. Now I agree that Sanchez probably has more motivation than St. Pierre now (after he has won the belt) and is probably training more efficiently as well. I would give the intangibles to Sanchez on this one.
This fight will probably be a war if/when it happens. I would make a call after watching Sanchez's fight with Koscheck and St. Pierre's performance against Hughes in the rubber match (assuming he gets by Serra).
Edit: Yeah, I realize that was a long read. I also forgot to mention that I think it is bs that Koscheck gets a "free" title shot if he happens to beat Sanchez when Sanchez has done way more than Koscheck has. Pure bs ...
Last edited by Rated; 03-18-2007 at 09:10 PM.