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Old 01-07-2014, 10:03 AM   #31
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GSP got whooped up on by Johnny the first time around however GSP will not make the same mistakes twice against him.

When GSP was finished by Hughes, everyone figured George was the inferior wrestler and inferior grappler. He overcame that hurdle by becoming the best wrestler in the division for several years.

I'm not saying GSP will somehow change his entire fightstyle, but he will make adjustment in terms of range and footwork to counter Johnny and keep him off-guard, to win a la condit/diaz imo.

The problem with Johnny is that he is willing to take a hit to give one, and also has a good chin -most of the strikers who had the same mentality as him who fought GSP, did not have the wrestling to stop the takedowns.

Johnny has both offensive/defensive wrestling as well as power to put George in a confused state himself, rather than the other way around that many people are used to George dictating.

George's recent lack of one hitter quitters in both hands and feet, make Johnny confident in striking exchanges and not timid at all, not caring what George even attempts, which may have played into George's head.

There is some positive though, Matt Serra knocked out GSP and that is a much more mentally damaging defeat than what transpired in his last fight (johnny neithed submitted GSP like hughes, or even put him down like Serra). If GSP was able to overcome both such resounding defeats like that, then there is no doubt he can comeback strong against Johnny, but the question is why bother again at this point?

Say GSP comes back and wins a gritty decision due to footwork and outpointing, then what? another onslaught of similarly heavy handed strikers who are difficult to take down (Lombard, Woodley, etc), the challengers never end and keep getting better, while studying every second of tape on GSP to know his every movement and reactions.

I think GSP did his best that he could against Johnny at the time, did not have the best strategy, and he realized it at the end. Given a rematch, I would favor GSP eeking out another close one (despite what the 70 percent handwrap Hendricks has to say).

In some ways Johnny beat George by being a better version of GSP, and George got some role reversal, which may or may not be more damaging to his pride than being knocked out ( he accredits the Matt Serra loss and simply overlooking an opponent, not that Matt is a better fighter), however in a longer drawn out contest, one cannot simply say they were caught off-guard momentarily if you are beaten for several rounds, so this may also have played into George's mind at the presser.

All this is speculation, but George did his part for the sports and should be Top 3-5 in terms of sport impact for the next decade at least, until another star begins to shine.

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Old 01-07-2014, 10:38 AM   #32
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Hendricks got his knee and will broken up on by GSP the first time around however GSP will not make the same mistakes twice against him and will be even more devastating this time .

When GSP was finished by Hughes, everyone figured George was the inferior wrestler and inferior grappler. He overcame that hurdle by becoming the best wrestler in the division for several years.

I'm not saying GSP will somehow change his entire fightstyle, but he will make adjustment in terms of range and footwork to counter Johnny and keep him off-guard, to win a la condit/diaz imo.

The problem with Johnny is that he is willing to take a hit to give one, and also has a good chin -most of the strikers who had the same mentality as him who fought GSP, did not have the wrestling to stop the takedowns. The Problem for Johny is that GSP took all his bomb and didn't go to sleep . GSP won't fear Johny striking this time .

Johnny has both offensive/defensive wrestling as well as power to put George in a confused state himself, rather than the other way around that many people are used to George dictating.

George's recent lack of one hitter quitters in both hands and feet, make Johnny confident in striking exchanges and not timid at all, not caring what George even attempts, which may have played into George's head. Johny will be confused in their rematch as he now know he can't put GSP to sleep .

There is some positive though, Matt Serra knocked out GSP and that is a much more mentally damaging defeat than what transpired in his last fight (johnny neithed submitted GSP like hughes, or even put him down like Serra). If GSP was able to overcome both such resounding defeats like that, then there is no doubt he can comeback strong against Johnny, but the question is why bother again at this point?

Say GSP comes back and wins a gritty decision due to footwork and outpointing, then what? another onslaught of similarly heavy handed strikers who are difficult to take down (Lombard, Woodley, etc), the challengers never end and keep getting better, while studying every second of tape on GSP to know his every movement and reactions.

I think GSP did his best that he could against Johnny at the time, did not have the best strategy, and he realized it at the end. Given a rematch, I would favor GSP eeking out another close one (despite what the 70 percent handwrap Hendricks has to say).

In some dumb haters minds Johnny beat George , and George got some role reversal, which may or may not be more damaging to his pride than being knocked out ( he accredits the Matt Serra loss and simply overlooking an opponent, not that Matt is a better fighter), however in a longer drawn out contest, one cannot simply say they were caught off-guard momentarily if you are beaten for several rounds, so this may also have played into George's mind at the presser.

All this is speculation, but George did his part for the sports and should be Top 3-5 in terms of sport impact for the next decade at least, until another star begins to shine.
There's that's a slighty better version of your long text.
On that . 49-46 GSP this time . Leaving no doubt in who won and Johny crying again .

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Old 01-07-2014, 10:39 AM   #33
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even though gsp is not near in his prime anymore. gsp by decision

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