Originally Posted by Meshuggeth
Why do people rag on GSP's striking? He was originally a striker. Watch his fight against Hieron. Its good now and its always been.
his striking from the outside is excellent...when he can keep his distance and throw some leg kicks....it's when he's in the pocket where i think he's the weakest...he's not "bad", but it's the worst part of his game....especially when he misses a punch, he doesn't seem to have the motion down well enough to maintain proper composure to avoid getting hit himself.... here's an example:
he's kind of caught in an exchange and doesn't really know what to do so he just throws his hands out there...
now that was a while ago...but the a similar moment happened in the Fitch fight. 3rd round, after he landed the knee, headkick, knee combo...it happens just before he takes Fitch down....he starts throwing punches and just isn't fluid at all...his defense is virtually nonexistant....
to me, this is a big plus for Penn, because, if GSP decides to start exchanging hands....especially in say round 3ish (like the fitch fight), he will leave openings to land a bomb....Penn's economy of motion is excellent standing...no wasted movement at all...which allows him to catch fighters standing if they make even the slightest error....the drawback to having this style of striking is it leave Penn open for kicks...which GSP capitalized on in the first fight, and even Sherk landed some really hard kicks to Penn...and I saw the locker room footage of Penn after the Sherk fight and it looked like his leg was pretty badly bruised....
penn's hands are by no means godlike however...sherk hit him pretty damn hard about 1 minute into their fight...however, bj has a granite chin and i've never really seen him rocked ever in mma
let me just add that when analyzing a fight as complicated as this one...we can't simply say "gsp has better wrestling", "penn has better striking"....you need to look in depth at these aspects of mma to really get any kind of meaningful predictions