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View Poll Results: do you find GSP exciting?
yes, he's one of the most exciting guys in the sport 7 4.64%
he's boring as **** and i'm tired of him 52 34.44%
george is the consummate MMA champion, show some respect 22 14.57%
he's not one of the most exciting guys but he's not boring either 51 33.77%
i'm tired of you JUST BLEED fans. go watch backyard brawling instead 19 12.58%
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post #91 of 132 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 12:35 PM
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My dog watching GSP fight.
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post #93 of 132 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 01:19 PM
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Want to something neat that I just noticed? Nick Diaz switched stances a bunch of times in the fight to try and setup angles for his strikes and back up GSP to the fence. Every single time, GSP recognizes this and circles away on Diaz' lead side. If Nick is in southpaw, GSP circles to Diaz' right, if he's in orthodox, GSP circles away to Diaz' left. Even when Diaz switched stances in the middle of a combo, GSP still circles away and exits on the correct side.

Small details like that make a huge difference in the fight. Circling to the wrong side means you walk straight into a Diaz combo and get wailed on with 20 body shots. That's why Diaz kept changing stances, he was trying to catch GSP going the wrong way but he was successfully countered every single time. Most people don't notice these things, hell, I didn't see it until today.
Nice observations.

The problem is that most people like 'car wrecks' ... the same people who think GSP fights are boring would watch a crash free F1 race, where the winner wins by 2 minutes and instead of marveling at the skill of the winner for being able to make all those other professional F1 drivers look like armatures, would complain the race was boring because there were no photo finish and spectacular crashes.

I'm also sure they would be whining that the winner should have either started put a blind fold on for the last 10 laps, or pitted for a minute and 45 seconds to make it interesting.
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post #94 of 132 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 01:57 PM
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There's not doubt that "car wrecks" as you call them are fun to watch. Hell, I love a good slugfest as much as anyone else and fights such as Garcia vs. Korean Zombie are up there among my favourites. And I'd be lying if I said I wasn't cheering my ass off during Wandy's fight against Brian Stann.

Now, do I wish that GSP would open up a bit more at times and go for the kill? Sure. But at the same time I can certainly understand why he doesn't. Take for instance his admission that he could've taken Diaz' back, but chose not to. Let's say he did take Diaz' back, could he sub or finish him from there? Highly unlikely. Yet if he does take the back, it opens up reversals and scrambles for Diaz, and you really don't want to mess around with Diaz getting control on the ground. GSP probably worked out the risks & payoffs and decided it wasn't worth it. And I can't blame him for that.

Looking at the UFC, all the champions fight smart, and I don't think this is a coincidence. Some are more aggressive or flashy and take more chances, but all of them work towards their own strengths while shutting their opponents down.
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post #95 of 132 (permalink) Old 03-18-2013, 08:25 PM
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I wonder if GSP is starting to lose interest in the sport?
He's talking about retiring soon and hasn't really looked the same in his last couple of fights. What's strange, is that he's still been able to dominate his opponents with relative ease. He just doesn't look as explosive as he normally does and is starting to show weaker cardio than he has in the past.

I like GSP and for the most part find him exciting, but I agree that he has become predictable lately. As Canadian Psycho said, why fix a winning strategy? Or why fix something that isn't broken? So he can be a "true fighter"? Please. Fighting is for little boys and girls. Martial arts is for men and women. He's a model ambassador for the sport and I always enjoy his fights. Finishing fights mean jack shit to me. I could care less if he finishes a fight honestly and I don't understand why it's such a big deal to people. Ben Henderson doesn't finish his fights yet no one complains about him.
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It's quite possible he's burnt out. He's been fighting at the top of the premier organization for going on ten years. Maybe he'd like to move onto other ventures. Or maybe this is all misplaced speculation. I'm sure we'll find out more after he faces Hendricks.
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He seemed 'depressed' and 'distracted' to me, and he did mention something about 'personal issues' in response to one of the presser questions.
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I don't consider him to be boring but he certainly isn't exciting either. I don't keep a list or anything but he probably isn't even in the top 5 of my favorite WWs.
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As amazing and talented (and gorgeous) as GSP is, SOME of his fights have been boring. The most boring one for me was the Jake Shields fight. I felt he should have finished Sheilds in the 2nd round at least.

The thing with GSP is he has some really big strong legs, which indicates that he can finish people whenever he wants. I think he chooses to fight conservative and punish opponents.
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He hasn't seemed as quick or explosive, and getting marked up more than I previously recall (although Condit and Diaz are hard hitters), looking forward to the Hendricks fight to see how he does.
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