Originally Posted by Irish Pride
"he is better than everyone at pretty much every aspect"
I'm not sure I believe this. I believe he comes up with a game plan based on another fighter. I do not think he is this awesome striker. I think he took Diaz to the ground because he couldn't out strike him for 5 rounds. I'm certainly not saying he should have stood with Diaz for 5 rounds though. I think he plays it smart. I think when he realizes someone is a better striker his game plan is to wrestle them down and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But if you simply use it as defense and no offense then that's what frustrates me as a fan.
But do I think he has better ground and pound then other fighters? No. Do I think he has better striking? No. Better submissions? No. I think he uses his grappling skills to nullify striking, submissions, and ground and pound. But that's it...he just grapples. I don't see him swinging around for submissions, getting on top in full mount and ground and pounding away, I don't see him throwing big bombs.
GSP does dominate. But what does dominate mean?
[dom-uh-neyt] Show IPA verb, dom·i·nat·ed, dom·i·nat·ing.
verb (used with object)
to rule over; govern; control.
Yes, he does control his opponents. But that is it...he controls them by nullifying their attacks yet not pushing forward with attacks of his own.
I haven't been able to come up with the word I am looking for. It is a word to compare to dominate. The only good word I can come up with is destroy. Anderson Silva dominates and destroys. He analyzes his opponents and uses their weakness to destroy them. Domination alone doesn't mean very much. How many fans would Anderson or Jon Jones have if they only thing they did was win rounds and dominate yet put you to sleep in the process with their predictability and nullifying tactics.
great post ... imo guys like the ones you named, jones, silva are great fighters, but i would still put gsp in their class ... regardless of being boring, or winning on points, he is still winning fights handily ... we know he has weak points, condit was able to nail him with a head kick, serra was able to ko him .. but its a matter of beating him .... in the end, though, when its all said and done, gsp will go down as one of the greatest ever ... and people will forget about how he won and just focus on that he won ..