Lol. So according to you, when GSP got knocked out by Serra that was the best he's fought in years? lol.
He lost to Serra because he did what Diaz did, got overconfident and dropped his gaurd. Diaz has already lost more fights in his career than GSP will ever lose because of that, and that's fighting second rate fighters.
GSP will do what he always does, make his opponents look helpless and ineffective, even when they are some of the best in the world. He did it to Penn, Hughes, Alves, Kos, he will do it to Diaz.
This will be a boring fight, but not because of lay n pray, it will be boring because Diaz is worse by an order of magnitude than half a dozen fighters GSP has already beaten. Beating guys like Lawlor and Daley doesn't make you an elite fighter, beating guys like Hughes, Penn and Fitch makes you an elite fighter.
I'm aware that I sound crazy, but I believe it. GSP just got sloppy in the stand up and got clipped. He had to just tighten up some of his striking defense, not completely neglect his killer instinct and fight in the most cautious manner ever.
People see these as positives to GSP's skill set, I genuinely don't, I think they are negatives. He's had to see sports psychologists before to help him improve his mental game. I've thought for a while now, that his biggest weakness, his own mind. The whole greasing scandal. GSP clearly felt like he had to add some sort of other advantage going into that second BJ fight because he wasn't super confident he could beat him. That to me, is a weakness in GSP's mental game.
He's that cautious and under confident that he bought into the Dan mr knockout power Hardy striking hype and didn't try to stand with Dan for any more than 30 seconds a round...
Killer instinct and finishing fights IMO, is quite a huge part of assessing a fighters ability. For a p4p top fighter, he has a ridiculous lack of that killer instinct and a lack of self confidence and I think if there's one man to poke holes at those specific flaws, it's Nick Stockton Mother ****er Diaz. He has fight running through his veins.