Unfinished BusinessPosted on May 1, 2011, 01:00 PM by Anton Gurevich
Last night, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre successfully defended his title for the sixth consecutive time with a victory over Jake Shields in the main event of the night. St. Pierre dominated throughout all five rounds of the fight, walking away with a Unanimous Decision victory.
And just like any other of GSP's recent fights, the performance against Jake Shields left much to be desired. Once again, the French-Canadian Champ was criticized for lack of aggression and for unwilling to take any risks during the fight. It was GSP's fourth consecutive decision victory, and ninth in his Mixed Martial Arts career.
Georges St. Pierre's gameplan was spoiled by one of Jake Shield's punches, which blurred the vision in his left eye. However, in my opinion it still has a little to do with the fight going to distance. St. Pierre had Jake Shields knocked down three times last night, and still couldn't finish. With his left eye, or without it - the result would still be the same.
Georges St. Pierre was hesitating last night even when Jake Shields was down on the canvas. GSP was strictly following a gameplan by which he was supposed to KO Shields with an overhand right. Every little change in the way fight went sent St. Pierre into panic at worst and confusion at best. Changes such as eye injury and Jake Shields going down from something other than overhand right.
GSP has to finish fights not just for entertainment, but also for his status as one of the best fighters on the planet. St. Pierre would re-claim the #1 spot in my P4P list if he finished Jake Shields, but instead, I'll have to leave the French-Canadian 2nd behind Anderson Silva, who finished three of his last five opponents.
This way or another, let's not forget Jake Shields is no pushover. Shields is a legitimate Top 5 Welterweight, who was TKO'd for the last time more than eleven years ago. It's hard to take anything from Georges St. Pierre's victory. He's still the UFC Welterweight Champion and one of the greatest fighters on the planet. It's just that he has an unfinished business with himself, and perhaps with the UFC 69 encounter against Matt "The Terror" Serra.
Photo: Francis Specker