I'll keep this short and sweet.
I never hesitate, not even for a moment, to give Jonathan Snowden sh*t when he posts articles that I view as completely ridiculous.
However, even I have to admit that he hit the nail on the freaking head with his review of UFC 129.
Here's the sentence that sums it all up:
For all the talk of Georges St. Pierre leading mixed martial arts into uncharted mainstream waters, it's something that is never going to be accomplished by a fighter who doesn't excite emotions in the cage.
Think about it. Did you feel an ounce of excitement during that fight? Or tension? Or happiness? Or joy? Anything besides frustration?
I don't know about you, but I felt like I was watching some random Bellator fight between two guys I've never heard of - not a UFC title fight before the biggest crowd in the promotion's history, involving one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the history of the sport.
I just had no reason to give a sh*t about what was going on. I can't even point out exactly what was wrong with the fight. It was just... ...BAD!
Everyone has a mediocre fight now and then, but GSP/Shields was just as lacking in excitement as GSP's last two fights against Koscheck and Hardy.
No, that GSP, the guy that spent every second of every round trying to completely dominate his opponents is gone, replaced by someone that just reliably gets the job done.
I can't fault the guy for winning, but he brings none of the action and excitement that drew me to the sport in the first place.
There's really nothing else to say, except that it's truly pathetic that UFC 129 would have been better without the main event.