UFC 129 - Jose Aldo vs GSP in P4P Status
Despite all the focus been on another unexciting GSP decision and despite the look of Mark Hominick face after his fight with Aldo, I personally feel that GSP did much much more give argument as to why he should be considered P4P No.1 than Aldo.
What was so great about the GSP fight, well it certainly was NOT entertainment value but it was perfect strategy and execution of a game plan that's one sole purpose was to defeat the exact guy right in front of him, and you have to give that some credit despite the fact that it was not the most entertaining thing to watch.
How did GSP achieve this, by been able to maintain perfect distance throughout the fight and never giving Shields chance to clinch or secure a TD thus neutralizing his opponents main strengths and forcing him into the exact type of fight he wanted it to be.
I was as disappointed as the next guy as a fan of the sport with the GSP/Shilds fight because basically we may never get to see who is the superior grappler of the two fighters, and I really wanted to see that happen, but we may never know because GSP was the far superior MMA Artist and proved one thing last night that that was no matter how good you are in one field of the sport you not going to beat him unless your entire game is A class.
Aldo on the other hand did not look another class against Hominick, despite causing gross damage to his opponents face and having a the edge thought the majority of the fight, certainly a fair winner of the fight, as far as P4P status goes he did not put on an untouchable display of excellence, unable to pass guard even once on the ground, been fairly slow on the feet for a FW standards, Frankie Edgar is quicker @ LW, hell I have seen better movement from Bisping than I did from Aldo in that fight.
Another point on his ground game that night is that it lacked any real technical skill set and conviction, all the damage been done from short sharp elbows from inside the guard, if anything that was a good advert for why I think the sport is better off without using elbows on the ground, they are mostly used as nothing more than an easy way to cause damage without the need to advance position or display a more technical set of ground skills.
Final point on Aldo was his cardio, he was not fighting out at a tremendous pace, he had moments in top position on the ground where he was doing nothing more than LnP thus been stood up by the ref, these moments would of give him some kind of breather, yet he still showed signs of bad cardio as the fight progressed, although he still had what it took to collect the win over his opponent, on a P4P scale it did not do his argument for No.1 status any favors.