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Old 03-28-2013, 08:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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GSP.... what could have been?

i re-watched hughes GSP 2 last night, and (as has been stated many times on these forums before) noticed the aggression difference in GSP... he absolutely nailed hghes into the floor....

long gone are these days with the safety first approach he now has

what my question to you is, how would his career have looked at this same stage had he kept fighting with such passion.... do you think any of the guys he's beat cold have beaten him or at least stood more of a chance??

or maybe guys from future title shots wold gain more by fighting the aggressive GSP?? maia for instance, grabbing an arm as he pounds??

thoughts??
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Maia is the anti-GSP.
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Demian Maia will eat jabs all day long. The worst Yawn-fiesta ever by GSP, if this match-up will happen.
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I still don't think Maia can take GSP down. Or even take his back. GSP uses that jab to keep people at bay, and he'd pretty much out-strike Maia all day long.

Not that I don't want to see that fight. Maia's been on a tear.
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I still don't think Maia can take GSP down. Or even take his back. GSP uses that jab to keep people at bay, and he'd pretty much out-strike Maia all day long.

Not that I don't want to see that fight. Maia's been on a tear.
The Maia scenario is odd. I doubt he can just traditionally take GSP down. But it will be his turn to time these TDs. If he can take Sonnen down, Fitch down at will, Rick Story....then he certainly has a chance of landing an odd TD on GSP. Maia will have to eat jabs until he can find the right timing and position to attempt one.

If I was Maia I would be working hard on striking...obviously. But I think will some tweaks he can match GSP in a striking contest. He isn't good by any means, but he has a decent chin and has more power at 170 than he did at 185.

He sort of has the connivance of not having to care about GSP TDs. Even Diaz had to be wary, he isn't Maia on the ground. Either way it will even be tough for Maia to sub GSP from bottom. He needs to pressure GSP early to try and force a clinch or TD attempt from GSP.
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I've come to think that GSP these days can nullify anyones ju jitsu game. From Penn to Diaz the ju jitsu game falls apart pretty quick when serious jabs and an elbow or two land along with his amazing top position game. If you listen to Chael coaching in tuf this season hes constantly going on about maintaining position, and GSP can do this better then anyone in the UFC. His focus on this seems to close off the opportunities for the ju jitsu artist.
The Maia fight would most likely be a one sided 50-45 affair just like most of GSP's fights vs good ground guys.
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What could GSP have been? How about entertaining. Something GSP hasn't been in a long, long time. But eventually he would get caught like he did vs Serra and he would become the scared coward we see today. I hope Hendricks retires GSP. Serra already ruined GSP. Time for someone to put him away for good.
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The Maia scenario is odd. I doubt he can just traditionally take GSP down. But it will be his turn to time these TDs. If he can take Sonnen down, Fitch down at will, Rick Story....then he certainly has a chance of landing an odd TD on GSP. Maia will have to eat jabs until he can find the right timing and position to attempt one.

If I was Maia I would be working hard on striking...obviously. But I think will some tweaks he can match GSP in a striking contest. He isn't good by any means, but he has a decent chin and has more power at 170 than he did at 185.

He sort of has the connivance of not having to care about GSP TDs. Even Diaz had to be wary, he isn't Maia on the ground. Either way it will even be tough for Maia to sub GSP from bottom. He needs to pressure GSP early to try and force a clinch or TD attempt from GSP.
I don't know, he focussed on working on his striking after losing to Silva and it turned him into a crap fighter who forgot that something like grappling even exists. His striking is so bad that he probably will never close the gap to decent strikers. Man, I've seen hobbyist kickboxers with two years of experience who just train twice a week for fun with better technique than him. I think he should rather focus more on a Sonnen-like drive-through-his-opponent's-striking approach to grab the opponent and bring him down to the ground. Similar to what he's done to Fitch, just plus more training on how to not get caught by good strikers when closing the distance.
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I don't know, he focussed on working on his striking after losing to Silva and it turned him into a crap fighter who forgot that something like grappling even exists. His striking is so bad that he probably will never close the gap to decent strikers. Man, I've seen hobbyist kickboxers with two years of experience who just train twice a week for fun with better technique than him. I think he should rather focus more on a Sonnen-like drive-through-his-opponent's-striking approach to grab the opponent and bring him down to the ground. Similar to what he's done to Fitch, just plus more training on how to not get caught by good strikers when closing the distance.
How many of those hobbyists have stood in front of Anderson Silva for 25 minutes? How many of them have rocked Mark Munoz?

People rag on Maia's striking but it's plenty effective. Instead of the blinding technicality of his BJJ, he has a more swinging-hooks style like his mentor Wanderlei. I think it makes a pretty interesting mix as most BJJ-turned-strikers tend to have a low power, technical approach to striking. Although it'd be nice if Maia went to Kings MMA more often and picked up the same sort of Muay Thai that Werdum has developed lately.

Whatever approach Maia is taking in his training these days is the right balance. I don't think anyone is going to be so threatening on the feet that it will fully stifle Maia's game plan.
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