GSP tends to overshadow everyone, but was anyone else disappointed in Sheilds? I sure was.
I'm a huge GSP fan and I'm glad he won, but for a guy who hasn't lost in 6 years, Sheilds really didn't impress me. Not that he couldn't get GSP down, because I knew his takedowns would get stuffed, and Shields striking was a little better than expected, but the last round.
I like Sheilds because he is a very smart tactical fight, but he didn't even try and do what he had to do in the last round. He knew he was losing, he absolutely knew, because he raised GSP's hand himself at the end. But he didn't go for it, he hardly tried any takedowns in the 5th, and he wasn't throwing anywhere near enough big bombs. For a guy who is so calculating and intelligent most of the time, I thought he really blew it, even Rogan talked about his lack of urgency.
For a comparison, look at what Hominick did against Aldo. He still lost, but he left everything he had in the ring, he let it all hang out in the last part of the fight. It really didn't look to me like Shields did at all, he looked resigned to losing.