5 Conclusions from GSP's beatdown of Josh KoscheckPosted on December 12, 2010, 09:02 AM by Anton Gurevich
UFC promised and delivered quality MMA entertainment, headlined by Georges St. Pierre's 5-round demolition work of Josh Koscheck. Georges St. Pierre proved once again why he's #1 P4P Ranked Fighter in the World on LowKick.com, with one of the most technical performances ever seen inside the Octagon. Yes, Stefan Struve, Jim Miller, Thiago Alves and many others all impressed during that night, but this was all about GSP beating down Josh Koscheck in front of the eyes of more than 23,000 Canadians.
Dana White is wrong
"This is a guy who's wiped out the 185-pound division. He really has. Not only has he wiped out a division, he beat a couple of guys at 205. That's why this whole debate over pound-for-pound ... I love Georges St. Pierre. He's awesome, he's a superstar and everything else. But he lost not too long ago to Matt Serra by knockout. [Anderson] has never lost in the UFC, and he's moved up a weight class and beat two f---ing tough guys at that weight." - via UFC 124 post-fight press conference (via MMAFighting.com)
UFC President stated (once again) that he considers Anderson Silva to be the best Pound for Pound fighter in the World. Well, just like everyone else, White has the right to think what he wants. But there's facts, and facts tell that no fighter in the history of Mixed Martial Arts (except Fedor Emelianenko in Pride days) matches GSP in terms of dominance and quality of victories. Sorry Anderson Silva fans, but James Irvin, Thales Leites, Chris Leben, Demian Maia and Patrick Cote don't come close to BJ Penn, Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves and Josh Koscheck. GSP is the best Pound for Pound fighter in the World. Period.
Josh Koscheck overhyped his striking
Josh Koscheck was never a great striker. It was a little bit funny listening to Joe Rogan talking about "Josh Koscheck's sick overhand right) and how good of a striker he is. I said it before and I'll say it once again: it was the same Josh Koscheck who was destroyed by Thiago Alves, knocked out by Paulo Thiago and refused to stand with Paul Daley. Prior to the fight, Koscheck declared that he'll knock out GSP standing. But instead, he got a busted orbital bone from jabs.
GSP could be too small for Middleweight
Georges St. Pierre has already a lot of muscle on his frame. He may be a game opponent against small Middleweights like Chris Leben, Wanderlei Silva, Akiyama and Demian Maia, but could have a lot of trouble facing monsters like Nate Marquardt and Anderson Silva. Middleweight adventure could be a great challenge for St. Pierre, but I doubt that his incredible legacy is worth the risk.
Anderson Silva should take some notes
I'm not sure if this mega-fight will ever take place, but Anderson Silva should be very careful if he ever steps up against Georges St. Pierre. Yes, Silva is much bigger than GSP, but we all know that his main weakness is Wrestlers. In the fight against Koscheck, GSP also reminded everyone about his striking qualities, what sums up in a nightmare package for "The Spider". This way or another, these two men should fight each other. It will be a fight between two of the greatest Mixed Martial Artists on earth. It simply HAS to happen.
Jake Shields is the Last Man Standing
Former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields is expected to serve as the next challenger for St. Pierre's Crown. Despite what people say about Shields's striking, this would surely be the toughest test in George St. Pierre's career. Shields is a wizard on the ground, which is GSP's main strength, and I firmly believe that he could avoid the French-Canadian's striking. If St. Pierre defeats Shields, he will completely clean out the most stacked division in the UFC. Shields is the last Welterweight who can challenge St. Pierre.