He used to be a fighter, now hes an athlete.
People talk about how amazing he his, he has one thing that makes him amazing. Just one, his wrestling, and it happens to be by far the most important aspect of being a mixed martial arts points fighter. He is the perfect points fighter, the best within this specific and narrow set of rules. That is why he's great, if a fight broke out on the street between fighters he wouldnt be so great. If they took away rounds or a time limit he wouldnt be so great. If they changed any one of a dozen rules or special conditions he would not be so great. All of this in mind, these factors would not end the greatness of other fighters we consider great, it would be more of an inconvenience. Its a game ender for gsp. He needs all the special rules, conditions and judging criteria in order to be great.
Well its mostly based on the face that gsp took a lot more damage than shields in their fight and both had plenty in the tank at the end of the fight. I imagine if the fight had gone on another 30 minutes or so shields probably would have stopped gsp, but thats neither here nor there.
What im getting at is that he is such a good points fighter because of the rules.
Yeah ok, as if street/bar fights actually last more than 2 minutes tops before being broken up/tossed in jail/someone running, let alone 25+ minutes. Have you even been in a street fight or do you just make that stuff up to sound cool?
And what rules does GSP exploit? The guy would still tool anyone on the streets .. in a one on one he would take them down and pound them out even easier, being able to gouge eyes, 12-6 elbows, kicks/knees to the head/spine etc. from the top position. If anything, in MMA the guys on the bottom exploit the rules designed to protect them from serious injury.
And standing up, even with multiple opponents, he'd still be fast and technical as hell, and would be able to pull out groin shots at will like he did with Hughes. His clinical jab could turn into a clinical fight ending eye-poke and take out guys like gnats.
What part of his standup wouldn't work on the streets exactly like it does in the octagon? If anything a fast in and out striker like him has much better chances against multiple opponents than a reckless brawler that'll probably get swarmed.
GSP took more outward damage than shields because of a chance eye gouge and nose break, just about the only effective strikes Shields landed that whole fight. It could happen to anyone, and still I'll wager Shields took a lot more internal damage that no one can see.
GSP dominated the rest of the fight, and in a no rules street fight he would've stomped the shit out of Shields' head and gonads the moment he fell to the ground dazed, instead of having to worry about stupid stuff like voluntarily swimming in between his legs and hitting him with "legal" strikes while Shields attempted submissions on him. Not to mention he probably would've had hard soled shoes on, and one stomp on the street would be twice as hard as the soft ones we used to see in Pride. And with hard toed shoes, one can even kick in the tailbone (ouch) on a downed opponent facing you with his guard up, something that wasn't possible in Pride because of bare feet.
Shields had no such opening, he would've fought the same way on the streets and lost much much worse. Shields is the rules fighter, not GSP.