When the name Georges St. Pierre is mentioned on the internet you can expect to hear phrases “pound for pound”, “safe gameplan” and “tapping to strikes”. You will find all of those within this article and more.
GSP is touted as a pound for pound champion and there are lengthy arguments in comments saying he has faced much stiffer competition than the rightful heir to the P4P throne Anderson Silva. While we cannot truly prove which division has the highest skill, we can prove how terrible GSP has looked against his opposition.
Dan Hardy – he couldn’t finish him on the ground, refused to stand with him on the feet. He won a lop-sided decision. Dan Hardy went on to be KTFO’d within the first round in his next outing. He also lost his next two fights and was submitted by Chris Lytle who wasn’t considered even a top 10 welterweight.
Jake Shields – he couldn’t finish him on the feet, refused to go to the ground with him. He won a not-so-lop-sided decision on two of three score cards. Jake Shields went on to be KTFO’d within the first minute of his next outing. Let’s not forget he looked less than stellar in his first fight in the UFC against Martin Kampmann, a fight which looked like he lost in the eyes of many fans.
Now why is it that these guys can take Georges St. Pierre the full 25 minutes, when they are being embarrassed by guys who are so far below him?
I don’t buy the Matt Serra KO changed him. He still looked great after that. He looked good against his last fight with Matt Hughes, his rematch with Serra, he looked like he wanted to finish Jon Fitch and he crushed BJ Penn. It was the Thiago Alves fight where he started a gradual downward slope. Each performance was less impressive than the last.
There have been so many excuses made about why those fights went the way they did but I am done hearing them. GSP doesn’t even try to fight, he goes out there to compete and ensure a victory. Why wouldn’t he? That is how he will maintain his championship and his livelihood. He doesn’t owe us anything.
On the same token, we don’t owe him anything either, especially not the title of Pound-for-Pound champion. If Matt Hughes can show the world that he could finish Josh Koscheck when GSP had him blind in one eye for 22 minutes and couldn’t put him away, then there is no question, GSP is not the #1 P4P fighter in the world.