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Old 07-20-2013, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The historical significance of GSP's next fight...

What is the historical significance of Georges "Rush" St-Pierre vs. Johny "Big Rigg" Hendricks?

Ask yourself when was the last time you watched a fight (or any sporting event) and someone had a chance to pass 4 future/current hall of famers in one night. In other sports, any one of the below events would be all over the news.

On November 16th, if Georges “Rush” St-Pierre wins his 12th UFC gold belt, he will...
1) Pass UFC hall of famer Matt "Country Breakfast" Hughes for number of fights won in the UFC (taking sole possession of 1st place, right now they are tied);

2) Pass future hall of famer Andy "the Spider" Silva for number of UFC title fights won (taking sole possession of 1st place, right now they are tied), and number of wins against opponents that were ranked in the top 10 at the time of the fight (taking sole possession of 1st place, right now they are tied);

3) Pass future hall of famer BJ "the Prodigy" Penn for most octagon time (moving into 1st place) and length of career (not a record, simply passing a legend). He will have tripled Baby Jay's title defenses and the number of title fights Penn won at LW (means a lot considering many consider the Prodigy to be the LW GOAT);

4) Pass hall of famer Royce Gracie for consecutive wins in the UFC (moving GSP into sole possession of 2nd place, right now they are tied)

5) Georges will compete in his 14th UFC title bout (remaining in 2nd place behind Randy "the Natural" Couture). 59% of the fights in his entire professional career (meaning he fought for titles outside the UFC) will have been for a title (16 title fights out of 27 total fights).

You remember how relieved Anderson Silva and Matt Hughes were after the target was removed from their backs right? Legendary champions have to perform when the lights are brightest. Who else with Georges stats (see below) can say that 59% of the times they fought, a belt was on the line (the pressure was never off)? How many of them can say they defeated every man they ever fought (avenged all losses)? How many of them can say they won multiple title fights after suffering one of the most serious, devastating, career ending injuries a professional athlete can face?









Georges “Rush” St-Pierre (age 32):
 Won 11 UFC title fights (tied for 1st place), 8 of those were defenses (2nd place)
 Georges is guaranteed to be a UFC champion for over 6 years and 3 months (multiple title reigns)(2nd place)
 Georges won 18 fights in the UFC (tied for 1st place)
 St-Pierre has an overall win percentage of .923 (24 wins in 26 fights)
 GSP’s longest consecutive win streak in the UFC was 11 (tied for 2nd place)

Strength of schedule:
 Georges had 13 UFC title bouts (2nd place). 58% of the fights in his entire professional career have been for a title (15 title fights out of 26 total fights)
 According to CoffeeAndBeer's thread, GSP has 16 wins against opponents that were ranked in the top 5 at the time of the fight (1st place)
 According to Rester's thread, Georges has 16 wins against opponents that were ranked in the top 10 at the time of the fight (tied for 1st place)
 St-Pierre’s record vs. current/future UFC hall of famers is 4 wins and 1 loss (2-0 vs. BJ Penn, and 2-1 vs. Matt Hughes)
 GSP has 6 wins against former UFC champs (Hughes 2x, BJ 2x, Condit, and Serra). Sherk hadn’t been a UFC champion at the time of his fight with Georges.
 He defeated 3 BJJ world medalists (BJ 2x, Shields, Serra), a D1 national wrestling champ (Kos 2x), the best judoka (Karo), the best kickboxers (Alves, Condit), and the best boxers (Nick, BJ) at WW
 He routed seven fighters that have received votes on the Yahoo writers poll for P4P best – including Hughes (2x), Fitch, Baby Jay (2x), Alves, Shields, Condit, and Diaz. No other champ in the history of their P4P poll can say that
 GSP finished the phenomenal double digit win streaks of Fitch (16), Shields (15), and Sherk (12)

Other:
 Future hall of famer
 Professional MMA career: 11+ years (January 25, 2002 – TBD)
 Won a total of 5 UFC of the night bonuses: FOTN 3x, SOTN 1x, KOTN 1x
 Rank on the UFC’s official top 10 significant stats lists (most well rounded):
Striking
  • Total strikes landed - 2,398 (1st place)
  • Significant strikes landed - 1,153 (1st place)
  • Knockdowns landed - 8 (tied for 8th place)
  • Significant strike defense - 75.1% (3rd place)
  • Strikes absorbed per minute - 1.27 (tied for 8th place)
  • Strike differential - 2.53 (5th place)
Wrestling
  • Takedowns landed - 84 (1st place)
  • Takedown accuracy - 75% (1st place)
  • Takedown defense - 88% (4th place)
BJJ
  • Most guard passes (1st place)
  • Submissions attempted - 22 (7th place)
 Total fight time in the UFC – experience in the octagon (tied for 1st place)
 St-Pierre won 33 consecutive rounds in the UFC (1st place)
 Georges is the only current/future hall of fame legendary champion that can say he holds wins over every opponent he has ever faced (avenged all losses)
 All-time bestselling MMA PPV King – real fans vote with their wallets
 At UFC 129, he headlined a card that set the North American MMA attendance record and the worldwide live gate record for an MMA event
 UFC Compensation: GSP “Game Over” money

Once again, Georges has enlisted the best. He won't be fooling around in there like Alistair and Andy. If Johny wants to beat him, he will have to be at his best. Good luck!
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Anderson “the Spider” Silva (age 38):
 Won 11 UFC title fights (tied for 1st place), 10 of those were defenses (1st place)
 Anderson was a UFC champion for 6 years and 9 months (and did it with a single title reign)(1st place)
 Anderson won 16 fights in the UFC (3rd place)
 Silva has an overall win percentage of .868 (33 wins in 38 fights)
 The Spider’s longest consecutive win streak in the UFC was 16 (1st place)

Strength of schedule:
 Anderson had 12 UFC title bouts (tied for 3rd place). 45% of the fights in his entire professional career have been for a title (17 title fights out of 38 total fights)
 According to CoffeeAndBeer's thread, the Spider has 12 wins against opponents that were ranked in the top 5 at the time of the fight (2nd place)
 According to Rester's thread, Anderson has 16 wins against opponents that were ranked in the top 10 at the time of the fight (tied for 1st place)
 Silva’s record vs. current/future UFC hall of famers is 5 wins and 0 losses (2-0 vs. Rich Franklin, 1-0 vs. Dan Henderson, 1-0 vs. Forrest Griffin, 1-0 vs. Stephan Bonnar)
 The Spider has 6 wins against former UFC/Pride champs (Franklin 2x, Hendo, Newton, Griffin, and Belfort)
 The Spider defeated 2 BJJ world medalists (Maia, Lutter), 2 world-class wrestlers (Henderson, Sonnen 2x), the best judoka (Okami), the best kick boxer (Franklin), and the best boxer (Vitor) at MW

Other:
 Future hall of famer
 Professional MMA career: 16+ years (June 25, 1997 – TBD)
 Won a total of 11 UFC of the night bonuses (2nd place): FOTN 3x, SOTN 2x, KOTN 6x
 Rank on the UFC’s official top 10 significant stats lists:
Striking
  • Knockdowns landed - 17 (1st place)
  • Significant strike accuracy - 68% (1st place)
 UFC Compensation: Anderson Silva money




Matt Hughes (age 39):
 Won 9 UFC title fights, 7 of those were defenses
 Hughes was a UFC champion for 4 years and 4 months (multiple title reigns)
 Matt won 18 fights in the UFC (tied for 1st place)
 Hughes has an overall win percentage of .833 (45 wins in 54 fights)
 Matt’s longest consecutive win streak in the UFC was 6

Strength of schedule:
 Matt had 12 UFC title bouts (tied for 3rd place). 22% of the fights in his entire professional career have been for a title (12 title fights out of 54 total fights)
 According to Rester's thread, Matt has 11 wins against opponents that were ranked in the top 10 at the time of the fight
 His record vs. current/future UFC hall of famers is 3 wins and 4 losses (1-0 vs. Royce Gracie, 1-2 vs. BJ, and 1-2 vs. GSP)

Other:
 Current hall of famer
 Professional MMA career: 13 years, 9 months (January 1, 1998 – September 24, 2011)
 Won a total of 3 UFC of the night bonuses: FOTN 2x, SOTN 1x
 Total fight time in the UFC – experience in the octagon (8th place)




BJ “the Prodigy” Penn (age 34):
 Won 5 UFC title fights, 3 of those were defenses
 Baby Jay also won 12 fights in the UFC
 Penn has an overall win percentage of .593 (16 wins in 27 fights)
 The Prodigy’s longest consecutive win streak in the UFC was 3

Strength of schedule:
 Penn had 11 UFC title bouts (tied for 4th place). 44% of the fights in his entire professional career have been for a title (12 title fights out of 27 total fights)
 According to Rester's thread, Baby Jay has 10 wins against opponents that were ranked in the top 10 at the time of the fight
 Record vs. current/future UFC hall of famers is 2 wins and 3 losses (0-2 vs. GSP, and 2-1 vs. Matt Hughes)

Other:
 Future hall of famer
 Professional MMA career: 11 years, 7 months (May 4, 2001 – December 8, 2012)
 Won a total of 5 UFC of the night bonuses: FOTN 2x, SOTN 2x, KOTN 1x
 Total fight time in the UFC – experience in the octagon (tied for 1st place)
 Penn won the UFC championship belt in two different weight classes
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There is also all the talk of will Jones beat Anderson's record of 10 title defences?

GSP is currently at 8, Hendricks is #9, GSP could be the one breaking the record this time next year...

Will Jones stick around the LHW division to get to 10, 11, or 12 defences? He is currently at 5,
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Once again, Georges has enlisted the best. He won't be fooling around in there like Alistair and Andy. If Johny wants to beat him, he will have to be at his best. Good luck!
Liked this part the most. GSP is a professional and if Hendricks wants that belt, he has to be ready and prove himself.
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Who cares, he is still a boring human blanket of a fighter.
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Memories is what a legacy is about and to me most of his fights are as forgetful as...

don't know, I forgot.
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Well GSP is the best game planner that has been in MMA , the best athlete and the has huge mental toughness which he doesnt get credit for.
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You can't say a negative word about GSP.

But his fans really are an obnoxious bunch and these forums are quite unbearable around the time of his fights.
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