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Old 12-12-2009, 08:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is GSP an olympic caliber wrestler?

Not too long ago, GSP stated his intent to wrestle for the Canadian Olympic Wrestling team. Do you think he's got what it takes?

Some points to consider:
-His wrestling, from what we've seen, is adapted to MMA, but does his skill set translate into pure wrestling? (pins, rolls, leg riding, etc...)
-the wrestlers he's beaten are all former collegiate wrestlers- world class sure, but not neccesarily olympic caliber
-He trains with Canadian Olympians already
-He is strong and athletic relative to professional MMA fighters

I'd have to see more of him just wrestling before I can say anything. But what do you think?
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Old 12-12-2009, 08:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, He has trained with olympic wrestlers in the past, and I dont think he would openly admit wanting to do the olympics if he really didnt think he had a chance
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During preparation for the last olympics the Canadian wrestling teams coach voiced interest in having GSP compete and I doubt that is someting he would do if he didn't feel GSP could compete. Scarey part is MMA wise GSP's wrestling has continued to improve since then.
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This would be amazing for the sport and the UFC to broadcast one of the best in the olypics. Dana white would be stupid to schedule GSP something that wouldnt let him pursue this.

maybe he tell everyone he is taking time off to train specifically for the olympics if he defends his title.
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Old 12-12-2009, 08:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Its difficult to say due the differences between both sports. It is fair to say that GSP a great wrestlers who could takedown a world class wrestler in a mma fight. But he could be dominated by a world class wrestler in a wrestling match.
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Old 12-12-2009, 08:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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he will do good because he is on a whole other level in his mind from doing mma fights he wont them beat him watch him own everyone.
he is good wrestler
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Lets just be clear on one thing, GSP can never make the olympics even if he came in first for the qualifying. You need to get a certain amount of points by winning competitions in order to even qualify for the olympics. GSP has never entered even one tournament, so its impossible for him to qualify.
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Heres the source : http://www.mmamania.com/2009/11/14/1...-pierre-weighs

"Prior to the UFC 105 weigh-ins, St. Pierre also told reporters that he’s eyeing a potential shot to join the Canadian Olympic wrestling team for the 2012 Summer Games, as reported by Slam! Sports.

"It’s something in my mind, but the thing is I’m on contract with the UFC … So I have to be very careful in what I’m saying, but we’ll see."

UFC president Dana White, though, expressed his support for St. Pierre’s Olympic goals, saying, "It would be great if he won a medal." White’s a master marketer for a reason -- an Olympic wrestling medal for one of the faces of MMA only adds legitimacy on a global scale for the sport that’s not yet "mainstream."

Still, St. Pierre, who routinely trains at the Montreal Wrestling Club against some of his country’s top amateurs, is realistic about his chances.

"There is a big difference between saying I want to go to the Olympic Games and actually going to the Olympic Games … It’s very hard. To do the tryouts and everything it’s very hard. You have to pass through a bunch of obstacles before you get there." If he does make the team, St. Pierre plans to compete in the 84-kilogram class.

You can catch the complete UFC 105 Fight Club Q & A video at UFC.com."
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God no. Frank Mir put it the best. GSP strikes with his opponents long enough to the point where they feel comfortable striking, then he takes them down. They're not intricate takedowns, just good timing. In a match that is PURELY wrestling, GSP wouldn't stand a chance.
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God no. Frank Mir put it the best. GSP strikes with his opponents long enough to the point where they feel comfortable striking, then he takes them down. They're not intricate takedowns, just good timing. In a match that is PURELY wrestling, GSP wouldn't stand a chance.
This. In a Collegiate style wrestling match I'd say KOS would take GSP every time. So in a similar Olympic freestyle match I'd take KOS over GSP as well..and i still don't feel KOS could compete at the Olympic level. Especially not today after not training specifically for a wrestling match since he graduated college years ago.

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