Even in the 1st two rounds while GSP was winning he wasn’t winning handily, or at least as handily as I think people are claiming. He edged out Shields in the striking department by only a couple of strikes per round (except for the 5th where Shields clearly outstruck him – yes he did). That’s what made this fight so damn awful on both fighters part: GSP was content to edge out an opponent who he clearly outclassed on his fight by a couple of jabs per round and Shields who needed to get it to the ground but seemed clueless or incapable of how to do so.
Even when he caught GSP’s leg and had him offbalance there seemed to be no sense of urgency or commitment to try and get this to the ground?
Just realize, if Shields could have slipped one or two punches in any of the first three rounds while also landing an extra punch or two and gaining a single takedown he could have been the new Champ, and perhaps rightfully so. Being so close to being the champ with such a dreadful performance is pretty sad in my book.