You're not toally off with everything you said, and ofcourse noone knows what would happen in GSP vs higher weight top fighters. But to say GSP's striking is overrated because of one bad fight is just wrong. It sure is true what the say that MMA-fans just change opinion based on the latest fight they saw. Re-watch some earlier GSP fights and tell me he has bad striking. The guy out-struck Alves one of the most devestating Muay-thai strikers in the world at WW, just to mention one example.
Well then I ask you what fights have shown that GSP's striking is real good? I'm not saying it is terrible. I am just saying many people including myself may have overrated over the years.
Does peppering Jon Fitch do it?
Does jabbing Koscheck prove he is a real good stand up fighter?
Does taking down and jabbing Alves prove he is real good there?
Does getting demolished by Penn on the feet and needing to take him down each time prove it?
Does getting KO'd by the great Matt Serra..then in the 2nd fight having to finish him with repeated knees to the body prove it?
Point is, where is this great striking? Sure he is technical, I can see that. But what strikers, or even decent strikers has he out-struck? When was the last time he really hurt someone with a punch? Sure jabbing Kos in the eye 500 times without much resistance will add up...but he doesn't hurt anyone with his striking.
He just had Shields...the worst striker in the division stand in front of him for 5 rounds and he couldn't do that much. The sad thing is he was trying to finish. But all he could come up with is a looping crappy right hook.
It is ok, I understand GSP fans will not want to accept reality. But fact is he has jabb'd his way through even crappy stand up fighters...and wanted no part of actual strikers. I am no hater. I am just saying I think we all need to slow down when we act like he has some of the best striking in the division. There is no factual evidence to say he does.