What Georges St. Pierre has to offer against Anderson SilvaPosted on February 6, 2011, 09:44 AM by Anton Gurevich
Anderson Silva improved his title defenses record to eight with an incredible first round victory over Vitor Belfort. “The Phenom” looked great in the first minutes of the fight, until getting caught with a never seen before front kick that sent him out cold down to the canvas.
That’s exactly what’s so irritating about Anderson Silva. Just when you think that at last he’s fighting against a worthy challenger, he pulls out a crazy move that immediately finishes the fight. But it’s also a sign of a pure fight genius. Anderson Silva proved last night he’s one of the all time greats, because only an all-time great could win a fight like that. Georges St. Pierre is next in line for Anderson Silva, of course if the French-Canadian will be able to beat Jake Shields at UFC 129 on April 30th.
No disrespect to Jake Shields, but let’s imagine we live in a perfect world and GSP defended his title for the sixth time at UFC 129. What “Rush” brings to the table against Anderson Silva? Quite a lot, actually.
What makes Georges St. Pierre such an amazing fighter is his intelligence. St. Pierre ahs an incredible ability to study opponents and to adapt his gameplan accordingly. Knowledge is power, and Georges St. Pierre proved it very well by the way he fought a complete mismatches in Jon Fitch, BJ Penn and Josh Koscheck.
Speaking about, Josh Koscheck. St. Pierre proved at UFC 125 how underrated his striking is, with a jab that some of the best boxers in the world would be jealous of. Many people mistakenly label GSP as a boring fighter, failing to see beauty in the way he fights. None of fighters in any weight class could win a fight like that. Like it or not, but GSP’s performance against Koscheck raised the striking bar in the world of Mixed Martial Arts. St. Pierre already fought some of the most dangerous strikers the Welterweight division has to offer, and made them look completely helpless.
Georges St. Pierre has a huge advantage being a shorter fighter, thanks to a better center of gravity. 5 foot 10 “Rush” will be carrying around 195 pounds on fight day, while the 6 foot 2 Anderson Silva will weight from 210 to 220 pounds. Anderson Silva’s main weakness is wrestlers and we all know how good St. Pierre’s wrestling is. It’s hard not to see GSP following the Chael Sonnen’s takedown-ground and pound pattern all the way to the victory against Anderson Silva.
It's a dream match-up. Both fighters are all-time greats, and will be each other’s toughest challenge yet. Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre is without a doubt the biggest fight in the history of the sport for ages to come. Silva, St. Pierre and Fedor are the best this sport has to offer. Watching two of them square off inside the cage would be the greatest moment of this sport so far.
MMA needs it, fans want it, and Jake Shields would do everything he can not to make it happen.
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