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Old 07-08-2013, 12:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does Silva Losing Put A Fire Under GSP?

It seemed to me that from GSP's interviews before and even after the Diaz fight that he looked almost worn out. The constant media attention and pressure of holding the title looked to be wearing on him. His cardio in the Diaz fight wasn't what it should've been and even he said he gassed.

His next opponent looks extremely hungry whereas GSP looked almost reluctant to fight. My question is, how much motivation will GSP draw (if any) from watching Silva's legacy hurt last Saturday?

Will watching Silva lose his belt to a hungry contender put a fire under GSP to not go down the same way? Will he take what he saw as a potential foreshadowing of his fight with Hendricks?
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It seemed to me that from GSP's interviews before and even after the Diaz fight that he looked almost worn out. The constant media attention and pressure of holding the title looked to be wearing on him. His cardio in the Diaz fight wasn't what it should've been and even he said he gassed.

His next opponent looks extremely hungry whereas GSP looked almost reluctant to fight. My question is, how much motivation will GSP draw (if any) from watching Silva's legacy hurt last Saturday?

Will watching Silva lose his belt to a hungry contender put a fire under GSP to not go down the same way? Will he take what he saw as a potential foreshadowing of his fight with Hendricks?
These type of things come in pairs or more sometimes. Nadal, Federer lost then Djokovic in Wimbledon.

Hendricks is an extremely strong opponent who has credible wrestling. His only weapon is that left hand, but he's nailed everyone so far even Koschek to an extent and Condit although he battled back. "IF" Hendricks comes in shape to fight all five rounds this could be a very interesting match.

I woulddn't be surprised if both #1 and #2 pound for pound get taken out in the same time frame. History is strange like that sometimes. It's almost like it's predestined.

We'll have to find out Nov. 16th live at the MGM!
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GSP and Silva are two completely different fighters. IMO this is where we will see the difference between the calm, methodical, respectful tactician who is also supremely talented, and the brash showman who toyed with his opponents. One will be called boring the other amazing, but the steady tortoise wins this race IMO.

GSP stays where he is. Hendricks is dangerous but not that much stylistically different from Kosheck although he is an improved version. GSP is too methodical on his feet to get caught. It's definitely a possibility though, Hendricks is the biggest challenge to GSP in a while.
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I think GSP is more focused on himself, then worrying about losing comparatively to Silva. I don't think GSP cares about stretching out the legacy battle between him and Silva, he just wants to be the best he can be.
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I think win or lose it's not unlikely that he will hang it up after the Hendricks fight. In recent time, just as Silva, St. Pierre looked tired with the fighting circus, or even more so than Silva who still wants "interesting" fights, but not any more for the title. If St. Pierre loses he probably won't have the drive to regain the title and if he wins he probably sees a good opportunity to retire unbeaten with in his current title reign.
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GSP and Silva are two completely different fighters. IMO this is where we will see the difference between the calm, methodical, respectful tactician who is also supremely talented, and the brash showman who toyed with his opponents. One will be called boring the other amazing, but the steady tortoise wins this race IMO.

GSP stays where he is. Hendricks is dangerous but not that much stylistically different from Kosheck although he is an improved version. GSP is too methodical on his feet to get caught. It's definitely a possibility though, Hendricks is the biggest challenge to GSP in a while.
This.

GSP has done been clipped and learned from it, he'll route Hendricks.

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