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Old 10-28-2006, 08:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Did GSP get into Matt Hughes head?

According to Michael DiSanto of UFC.com, Matt Hughes has the edge on the mental game over St. Pierre.

(From UFC® : Ultimate Fighting Championship®) Mental

"St. Pierre is far from a mental midget, as he showed when refusing to quit in a gut-check win over Penn. But it is impossible to successfully argue that he has any sort of mental edge over Hughes heading into this fight for two simple, albeit related, reasons.

First, Hughes’ owns a definitive submission win over the French-Canadian. That has a huge impact on their respective pre-fight psyche, particularly since St. Pierre appeared to be controlling the action early. The net result is that a little devilish fellow called “doubt” will be sitting squarely on St. Pierre’s shoulder whispering in his ear as the action gets underway. Those whispers will become loud screams if Hughes is able to put St. Pierre on his back and pass his guard.

Second, St. Pierre’s actions in the trailing several months suggest that the fight has gotten under his skin. It is significant that he appeared tremendously uncomfortable in Hughes’ presence during the filming of “TUF 4: The Comeback.” In fact, he was so uncomfortable that he chose to leave the gym shortly after Hughes arrived. It was unclear at the time whether that was a bit of gamesmanship, a move strictly designed to hype the fight for the television audience or a display of nervousness. But St. Pierre’s odd decision to enter the Octagon and disrespect Hughes after the champion defeated Penn was completely out of character for a guy widely considered to be one of the nicest, most respectful gentlemen in the sport.

At the end of the day, it seems as if Hughes has gotten into St. Pierre’s head, or at least under his skin. Edge: Hughes."

Maybe all of this is true. But one thing gets me! If you have seen the previews of the Hughes/St. Pierre fight you see Matt Hughes saying he wants to punch and beat up St. Pierre up. Of course that is his job but from what I have seen in other previews for other Matt Hughes fights, I don't think I ever heard him talk like that. He sounded down right pi$$ed off when he said he wanted to beat up GSP. Maybe I am reading too much into it but what do you think? Did GSP get into Matt Hughes head instead of the other way around?
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Old 10-29-2006, 01:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think neither of them has gotten to each other's skin. They both know it is part of the sport. They are just taking a more settle approach to Tyson's "I'm gonna eat your children."
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Old 10-29-2006, 01:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 10-29-2006, 01:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It's funny how UFC's website brings up GSP "uncharacteristically" going into the octagon and telling Matt he was not impressed. Haha, that shit was clearly scripted and who else would script it other than the UFC who is writing this report. Notice how they use it on their previews now? Also funny how the UFC acts like they don't know if GSP leaving the room during TUF4 was scripted or sportsmanship/nervousness. It's all a joke I think people take these prefight word battles a little too seriously. I wouldn't be surprised if all of it was scripted. Not directing this towards you Bonnar. But I understand what you mean by Hughes saying he wants to knock GSP out, that's the first thing I thought when I heard it...he's never talked like that before and he does sound kinda pissed. Oh well, scripted or not it still makes the fight more exciting.
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I don't think he has gotten into his head.
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Old 10-29-2006, 01:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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How can GSP words after the fight be scripted? For that to happen they would have had to have fixed the fight so that hughes would win and make so that he had a shitty performance during the fight before he got the win.


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Old 10-29-2006, 01:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
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How can GSP words after the fight be scripted? For that to happen they would have had to have fixed the fight so that hughes would win and make so that he had a shitty performance during the fight before he got the win.


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Old 10-29-2006, 02:07 AM   #8 (permalink)
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It might be scripted but i dont think it was. I think GSP just was not impressed with Hughes's performance. And he was prob avoiding Hughes on TUF because he didnt want to start anything with Hughes whle he was there. While Hughes was trying to start something
I hope GSP kicks Hughes's cocky ass

p.s. Hughes did sound mad so i think GSP got under his skin
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I don't think GSP saying he wasn't impressed was fully scripted but it did come off a little forced. It seems clear to me that he was just saying that in order to draw a better buyrate/increase the intensity heading into their fight and maybe that's what WouldLuv was trying to imply. I'm sure he was impressed with Hughes in his fight against Penn but what fun is it if the guy says, "He did an amazing job tonight and I'm now scared of him"?
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I don't think GSP saying he wasn't impressed was fully scripted but it did come off a little forced. It seems clear to me that he was just saying that in order to draw a better buyrate/increase the intensity heading into their fight and maybe that's what WouldLuv was trying to imply. I'm sure he was impressed with Hughes in his fight against Penn but what fun is it if the guy says, "He did an amazing job tonight and I'm now scared of him"?

I dont think it was forced at all.. I think he wanted to get up there and talk a little smack to him, maybe try to get in his head.
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