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Old 11-24-2008, 09:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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GSP as a Middleweight. . .

. . .how good would he be?

In my opinion, he'd be a "good" middleweight, but he'd fall short of being an "elite" middleweight.

The reason i bring this up is because of the "GSP vs Silva" and "best p4p" threads. Well, to me its extremely difficult to consider someone best p4p when they havent fought above their weight.

I know GSP has great wrestling, which is phenomenal considering he had no background in wrestling prior to mma, he's a blackbelt in bjj, though we dont really see much of what he can do on the ground.

The problem, in my opinion, lies with his striking. I believe his kicks are his best weapon. But, his head movement is his biggest pitfall.

What are your thoughts?
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think hw could very well dominate that division. The guy is extremely talented and a very quick learner. He would find a way to be the best.
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i agree with the OP.
GSP is very talented..but his raw power isnt enough for MW.even in WW he doesnt seem to be have KO power in his hands.and his frame and reach isnt ideal for MW either.
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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gsp would have to bulk up big time to be an elite middleweight. he already has the technique, but guys like marqaudt will be too strong for him right now. theres also the problem that his reach wouldnt be an advantage anymore at middleweight, so he'd have to rely alot more on his grappling.

i wouldn't be interested in gsp moving up, apart from an A.silva fight. gsp is built perfectly for ww, its not his fault he's too good compared to the rest of the divison.
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Screw that, I wanna see him fight Alves.
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One of the reasons GSP dominates at WW is because his strength and people at MW are stronger so that would probably lessen an advantage of his. He would still do very well, but do I think he could completely dominate the division? Probably not, definitely top 5 though.
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Screw that, I wanna see him fight Alves.
Agreed that Alves could pose a great threat to GSP. Though if GSP sticks and moves, you may aswell stick a fork in Alves cos he'd be done by the end of the third
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I think the bigger guys at MW (Okami, Franklin, Marquardt, etc) would beat GSP. He's built well for the WW division and will do fine there. Maybe after he cleans out the division he can move up. Until then, I'm content with him owning everyone at WW.
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No doubt in my mind that GSP would be elite at Middleweight. I think he'd beat Anderson Silva most times.

Henderson may be a tough match considering Hendo's wrestling, and his chin.

Shooting on A Silva wouldn't be much of a problem though IMO.

He doesn't have much left to do at Welterweight. If he beats BJ, only Thiago Alves left to fight really. Of course there are other prospects, Yoshida, Kim, Hazelett.. But Koscheck, Sanchez, Alves, Fitch are above their level right now.
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GSP has nothing left really after alves. Sanchez is the only one left he is yet to beat out of the top of the division and that fight is not as huge as it once could have been with his loses to fitch/koschek. So maybe not terrible idea for him to fight silva. would put him on his back and has shown the ability to avoid subs.
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