With New Breeds Rising, the Time is Now for Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva Superfight

March 18, 2013
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Anderson Silva and Georges St-PierreFor the past six years, there have been two fighters synonymous with the rise of mixed martial arts in North America: Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva.

Both Silva and St-Pierre debuted for the UFC in the mid-2000s, while names like Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes and Randy Couture dominated the MMA landscape.  Over this past half-decade, these two fighters have went on to usher in a new era.

While the Hughes’s, Liddell’s and Couture’s of the world started out their hall-of-fame careers dominating bingo halls in the deep south and Indian casinos along the east coast, St-Pierre and Silva have reigned supreme during MMA’s golden years, selling out 55,000-person stadiums (St-Pierre vs. Shields at UFC 129 in Toronto), stretching the UFC brand internationally into exotic locals (Dubai, Rio de Janeiro), and pushing the sport to heights previously unheard of in prior generations.

This isn’t a knock on the prior generation, far from it. If it weren’t for the aforementioned champions, the UFC wouldn’t be a sliver of what it is today.  But as the old saying goes, you can’t stop progress.

For the better part of three years, the rumblings about a St-Pierre versus Silva superfight have resonated with anticipation among fans and pundits, alike.  If Liddell, Hughes and Couture were the “old guard” then that makes St-Pierre and Silva the “kinda-old-getting-there-but-not-really-guard.”

St-Pierre is 31 (not that old in conventional terms, but this is the fist-fighting business) and Silva is 37. Neither one of these men are getting any younger, and the talent ascending through the ranks trying to dethrone these legends is rising at a quickening pace, putting such a superfight at risk of never happening.

On Saturday night at UFC 158, St-Pierre got a clear picture of what his future could look like, as welterweight freight train and two-time collegiate National Champion Johny Hendricks beat former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit in a dominating unanimous decision victory.  The win marked Hendricks’ sixth win in a row over a who’s who of top-tier MMA talent, and announced to anyone with a ounce of fight-knowledge that a new guard was indeed rising.

Unlike previous National Champions who entered mixed martial arts (Mark Coleman, Mark Kerr, Kevin Randleman), Hendricks possesses a rare breed of brutal power punching coupled with a lightning quick takedown arsenal, with enough toughness and grit to make John Wayne blush.

Of those aforementioned legends’ combined 85 fights, only nine came by way of legitimate KO/TKO. Hendricks, at 29, already has six knockout finishes to his credit.  And to be blunt, they’ve come over a much more diverse and well-rounded group of opponents.  Simply put, this ain’t your Daddy’s MMA fighter.

Similarly, “The Spider” faces a member of the “new guard” of MMA on July 6 at UFC 162 in Las Vegas, when he faces off against undefeated wrecking ball Chris Weidman.  Much like Hendricks, Weidman posses a very real threat to Anderson Silva’s throne as a power-punching, amateur wrestling standout with such a varied arsenal that even the most ardent pundits have difficulty spotting weakness in the New Yorker’s game.

In a sport known for evolving almost on a yearly basis, the class of fighter that Hendricks and Weidman represents has been previously unseen by the MMA community, and they’re only getting better.

There is no doubt Hendricks deserves his title shot against GSP.  He’s unquestionably earned it by dispatching a list of MMA world-beaters like Martin Kampmann, Jon Fitch, Carlos Condit and Josh Koscheck.

It was just barely two years ago, however, that Hendricks was undercarding a TUF Finale event that was headlined by Igor Pokrajac with a co-headline fight that featured Kendall Grove – not exactly the names you would expect to eclipsing a future MMA all-star.

Oh, and Chris Weidman? He hadn’t even debuted in the UFC yet when that TUF finale took place.  That would come almost a full year later in March 2011.

The hard truth remains, despite earning their stripes (and title shots), neither Hendricks nor Weidman have the name value or historical relevance that would warrant the huge risk they pose to such an outstanding potential superfight as Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva.

While Hendricks and Weidman share glowing resumes, they were toiling on undercards as relative unknowns back in 2010 and Georges St-Pierre versus Anderson Silva was already being discussed to headline an event at a venue like Cowboys Stadium.

The UFC has spent the past six years billing St-Pierre and Silva as the best in the world.  Sure, Jon Jones has been doing mind-numbing stuff in the light heavyweight division, but even he doesn’t resonate with fans, historically speaking, the same as Silva and St-Pierre.

Fans identify with these two. They think about UFC 94, UFC 100, Dubai, Rio, highlight reel KO’s over Vitor Belfort and Forrest Griffin, head kick KO’s over Matt Hughes – all of these moments are engrained in the heads of MMA fans stretching to each corner of the globe.

No two fighters have come to define the brand of the UFC more than St-Pierre and Silva.  With the booming international expansion of the UFC into markets like Asia and South America and mega endorsements from Gatorade, Under Armor and Nike on the table, the UFC must ensure that St-Pierre and Silva meet before the interest is gone, whether it be from a loss or presumed aging; this fight must happen.

The respective streaks that Silva and St-Pierre are on are unrivaled in MMA history.  Silva has won 17 bouts in a row, and St-Pierre hasn’t lost since being upset by Matt Serra at UFC 69 in March 2007, in what to this day is widely considered the greatest upset in MMA history.

Over that time, these two have come to define a generation of fighters unlike any two fighters before them.  Not only that, they’ve done so in the same company, in different divisions, with just 15 pounds separating them.  The tease has been there forever and time is running out.

If the UFC wants to capitalize on these two historic streaks, by these two amazing champions, they must do it soon before time runs out and the new guard takes over. It would be a shame to see it go for naught if one of these champions were to fall to the young upstarts that pose such an obvious threat.

Ah, the beauty of life and the fight game – it truly is a wonderful thing.

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  • Jdm

    You had me until you said that Hendricks won his fight against Condit in dominant fashion. If it were a wrestling match you could say it was dominant but a bunch of takedowns followed by getting elbowed is not.

    • MuayThaiFood

      Lost me with the title but most definitely Hendricks did not win in dominating fashion. He took Condit down due to the fact that Condit was getting the best of him on the feet with his more varied, technical striking. The take down was more defensive and he never turned it offensive after he had him down. Once he had Condit down he took more damage than he delivered. This is a fight not table tennis. They need to change the scoring to reflect that. GSP takes all kinds of criticism for point fighting but at least his opponents look like they’ve been in a fight when he gets done with them. This is not a knock on Hendricks but while he may have won the match, Condit won the fight.

      • Sir_Roy

        100% agree. Condit won that fight.

        • gnodeb

          Well, fightmetric bag to differ. First two rounds they were equal on feet (14/15 and 12/13 for Condit but Hendrics had 4/0 and 4/0 TD). In third round Condid dominated striking with 4/14 while Hendrics still had 4/0 TD. Result was 29-28. Hendrics took first two rounds and Condid took third. TD alone was not enough for third round. Handrics won two rounds with both striking and wrestling.
          And I was rooting for Condid, especially during the third round because he was going for kill. And he was going for kill because he knew he was down two rounds. Hendrics would do the same if he had too, but he didn’t… Pay attention to the rules, it will help you enjoy the game…

          • MS Pinto

            I agree with you, if Condit could´ve had another round we would be reading a different story.. I donpt know if you also felt like Hendricks was gassing out, I did! he seemed pretty tired by the final round.

        • Ian Price

          I think it was close. But regardless, Hendricks won on paper, but we now know Condit can take a huge punch, something we all know would’ve put GSP to sleep. Man he was punched hard.

      • Hugh Shakeshaft

        Totally agree. Hendricks lost that fight. I kept waiting for the strike count to be posted for Condit Hendricks because I have a feeling it was way more for Condit. Hendricks did a better lay and pray than GSP. He did nothing on top except eat elbows. Plus he couldn’t keep him down. A change in scoring is much needed because Hendricks is a clear example of someone abusing the rules, like working a tax loophole. A takedown means something if you do what Cain did to Bigfoot, a platform for offense. For Hendricks, it was a purely defensive move. I was a Hendricks fan until this fight. Lay and pray will not stop until the rules change. Pathetic.

  • Timothy Malone

    Great editorial and I agree.

    Now someone is going to come along and say its dumb because GSP is outweighed in the fight. Like he should only take fights that are easy. A good fighter dominates their division. But a fighter that is the greatest of all time? That’s the guy that goes against someone thought to be invincible, who may be bigger, who may have the the betting lines in their favor, and yet he still finds a way to win and defy the odds. If Georges St. Pierre wants to be the greatest fighter in the world, he has to beat Anderson Silva. It’s as simple as that.

    • Sir_Roy

      The way GSP fought against Diaz leaves me a little worried about Georges should he step in the Octagon with Silva TBH.

      Georges was tentative, less explosive and downright started gassing in the third. For the first time, I can say he had a few sloppy take down attempts. Do that with Silva, and you’re in a world of hurt.

    • No it’s not as simple as that. Faber wants to be the greatest of all time also, should he fight Cain to prove that?

      • Sir_Roy

        While I get the point you’re trying to make, Faber’s already fought champs in multiple weight classes so your point becomes kinda moot.

        Not to mention using Cain, the heavyweight champ, to impress your point with a bantamweight is a little weak.

    • MuayThaiFood

      Sorry, but all things being equal (and they’re not in Georges favor anyway) skill wise, Anderson wins. Height and reach are too much for Georges and if he can’t get him down and keep him down, which I’m sure he won’t be able to then it’s going to be a short night for him. The Silva/ Couture comparison may have been a bit revisionist but Tim relied on his size and height and to a lesser degree, skill. The only thing advantage St. Pierre has skill wise against Anderson is his wrestling which will be nullified by Silva’s size and strength advantage. Bulking up to fight at 185 is not going to help St. Pierre’s speed or cardio either. If Georges is #2 p4p and the #1 p4p is in his weight class then your argument makes sense but not in this case. The whole idea of p4p rankings is to rate a fighter’s technical skills for their size. You don’t have to fight above your natural optimum weight class to be the p4p best.

      • Timothy Malone

        I don’t necessarily think you have to fight above your weight class to be the p4p best, but Silva will always overshadow Georges because Silva wins in much more impressive fashion by finishing fights. Therefore if Georges doesn’t personally beat him, I don’t think most people will consider GSP to be greater.

        • MuayThaiFood

          Right well, that’s the problem, it’s always theoretical but given who they’ve both fought and the outcomes you have to give the #1 p4p spot to Anderson and for the reasons you just stated, if Georges moves up and fights Anderson he’ll almost surely lose. Anderson is a bad match for him. And I really like both of these guys so I’m not bashing Georges at all but unless he wants a big paycheck on the way out, why do it? It’s very likely going to be one sided and he’s going to take a beating. Sorry, but I don’t see Georges beating Rich Franklin today and look what Anderson did to him twice.

      • Sir_Roy

        While I agree it’s Anderson’s fight to lose, I think you’re underestimating GSP’s strength to a degree.

        He fights 185 pounders who struggled to move down to 170 and then proceeds to overpower them quite often. Jake Shields to lend an example. Jake beat Dan Henderson (wouldn’t bet on him doing it again, but still, the point stands), an ultra strong at times 205 pounder but couldn’t do squat to put GSP on his back.

        Georges is a beast physically who, I have zero doubts, can take Anderson down and hold him there for a time. I don’t think he wins that fight, but I think he has the potential to win it and I don’t think Anderson is a whole heck of a lot stronger than GSP.

  • Joe Rogan

    Jones v Silva would be more entertaining to watch! GSP holds people down which he did for 2 rounds for Diaz and Diaz face looked perfectly fine after that match. His fighting style is a step above Jon Fitch only difference is that GSP land elbows and is a better finisher. (GSP can box to with the like of Josh K. that not impressive!) Also Silva is 6 ‘2 and walks around at about 215 225 where GSP is 5 ’10 walks around 190 195 clearly thats a better match up for Jon Jones! Anderson would crush GSP and his boring fight style where Jones may posses some problem with his length and athleticism.

    • kbroesq

      Totally agree. People don’t get how big Silva really is. Makes much more sense for Silva/Jones IF there is going to be a super fight. Really, although GSP won all five rounds, his performance against Diaz didn’t do anything for me to make me believe he was going to beat Silva. He just won’t be able to get him down and/or keep him down.

  • Ron Wheeler

    GSP is a 170 pound fighter, Silva is a 185er. There is no good reason for this fight to happen.

    • Timothy Malone

      How I imagine Ron Wheeler must have been in 2007: “Randy Couture is 205 lbs. Tim Sylvia is 265 lbs. Randy Couture is 6’1. Tim Sylvia is 6’8. There’s no good reason for this fight to be happening.”

      • What a dumb comparison. Just because Sylvia is bigger than Couture has nothing to do with their skill levels. Sylvia is a bum and Couture is a HOF. GSP as great and as skilled as he is would get killed by the BIGGER and EQUALLY skilled Silva. This “Super Fight” would be a lopsided dud. And I can’t stand Silva. Silva should be fighting Jones not GSP. Dana would do the GSP/Silva fight for the money only.

        • jaycrew

          Nothing like revisionist logic to make a point, right Anthony?

          So Tim Sylvia…. who was 23-3, and a two time UFC HW, who came in to the fight with 2 consectutive title defenses and a 5-1 record in ufc HW title fights (both UFC records at the time)… was a BUM.

          You either have some high standards or you weren’t really an MMA fan back then.

          Sylvia was actually a solid favorite in the fight (-238) and many people were saying that Randy should stay retired, having lost 2 of his last 3 fights via brutal KO.


          • Yes a Bum. He was a product of the division at that time. He wouldn’t have sniffed a title if he had to deal with the HW of the present. And didn’t he get suspended for a year because of steroids? Like I said a Bum.

          • MS Pinto

            Jay, I agrre with your reasoning, It would be interesting to think if Randy winning is the outcome you could have 9 out of 10 times they fought. This fight always felt to me as an upset, although I think Randy was the better fighter such a massive difference in size should have been enogh for Sylvia to win (the way it actually served him for a good amount of fights), but Tim skills would pale compared to Randy´s and that ended up making the difference, Not the case between Georges and Anderson, Anthony made the point on that matter: GSp would lose to a bigger equally skilled AS.

        • Lucas Freire

          Hahaha that’s just so funny.
          If GSP doesn’t fight Silva it’s okay.
          But Silva should face a bigger,stronger,younger and WAY heavier Jon Jones?
          Your excuse is Silva walks around at 220? Jon Jones walks around at 240~250. lol

          • Silva has fought at Light Heavyweight no? Silva fighting Jones makes more sense that GSP fighting Silva.

          • Lucas Freire

            So…now there’s not the “Spider only fights bums at LHW” argument anymore?
            The guys that Silva faced are typical LHW’s,Jon Jones is a heavyweight on the LHW division

      • MuayThaifood

        Randy was already a proven heavyweight (two time heavyweight champion) and he wans’t 205 when they fought, he was around 230.

    • logic

      Carlos condit is the SAME height as anderson and only gives up 1 inch in reach!!! Whats the excuses? Yes we all know anderson weighs a bit more…would you not fight someone because they out weigh you by 15-20 lbs??

      • MS Pinto

        skilled wise you are talking the difference between the GOAT against a top ranked fighter, when you are at the level these guys are (specially the LEVEL AT WHICH AS IS!) a few pounds+a few inches in reach+skills makes a huge difference… what would George gain from this fight?? Anderson said it himself, he would rather fight Georges than Jones because it would be an easier fight for him.

  • Bigsmooth

    I agree totally lost me with dominating fashion, that is 2 losses in a row for Hendricks in my books. Koscheck and Condit won a fight and lost a hugging contest.

    • shakejunt

      someone tell this guy that martin kampmann went to sleep in between those fights

  • These mma journalists are hilarious, they write misleading titles and claim that they have nothing to do with the titling “oh,that’s the editors fault” and this character even throws out not so well thought out rebuttals, just too funny. Ken Pishna is another one and guess who makes the official UFC rankings?MMA journalists like these, oh boy.I’m with you Jdm and Muay Thai Food, we need to voice our displeasure and it will (hopefully) aid in the improvement of mma journalism, or more professional writers will become involved as it garners more revenue.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    Who’s paying you to write this article? I’m looking forward to Silva Weidman

    • gnodeb

      Why? Just imagine if AS pull another effortless win. Next challenger will say that AS fight only cans like Sonnen and Weidman and that he is the real one… For me it is not exiting at all when challenger doesn’t have proper title run. It’s somehow insulting to the champion.
      The point is, he is so weak as challenger that AS gains nothing by biting him (just like he gain nothing by finishing Sonnen twice) and like GSP gain nothing by dominating Diaz.

  • gnodeb

    Stop the madness! When was the last time we asked gold medalist sprinter at 100m to run “super race” against 200m gold medalist. I’m not saying that the same sprinter can not run 100m, 200m and 400m, but he has to qualify for each of them. Having gold medal at 100m simply means nothing for 200m. You have to start from scratch. Also, being fan favorite or calling somebody a names means nothing in serious competition. You have to qualify!!!

    I do understand UFC motives but media and fans should be against this kind of circus. How can you be fan of the sport but don’t want it to be serious? What kind of sport is that? What are you fan of?

    • DamianCross

      Its not the popular sentiment but I absolutely agree with you. These weight classes and rules exist for a reason, and it falls on the UFC to market viable contenders that make us want to see both champions compete in their respective divisions. Nobody should even be thinking about a superfight if the UFC is doing its job….Silva/GSP is the last thing I want to see after Hendricks’ most recent performance.

    • jaycrew

      Yeah that would be crazy, I mean imagine if reigning 2x 100m olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt Had to run the 200m against olympic level competition? … he would get smoked, embarrassed, people would point their fingers at him and laugh as he gassed halfway through the race and those runners who had conditioned themselves properly for a 200m race breezed by him…. On top of that, who would even want to see Usain Bolt run the 200m?

      THAT would be utterly ridiculous, absolute madness really!!!

      • John Mathewson

        I believe he was a 200 runner and also moved to the 100 because he was asked. I may be wrong.

      • John Mathewson

        i am actually right. He started as a 200 runner and set a world record in 2009 in Berlin. Has also run 400 in both sprint and relay. Some are just gifted.

  • Ksmma

    Striking aggression grappling octagon controll. Johnny had Carlos in all four, in my opinion. Johnny landed bigger shots and most of condits that landed where light shots moving backwards.

    • Sir_Roy

      Not true. Condit had Hendricks rocked a few times.

      Rewatch the fight.

      While I would give the first round to Hendricks (he did indeed send Condit reeling), he panicked a few times in the last two rounds and wanted no part of the stand-up, especially in the third, taking Condit down as soon as the exchanges heated up.

      Problem is, he learned to fear Condit’s BJJ on the ground as well, landed little to no GnP and couldn’t keep Condit on the mat for the life of him.

      I agree with other posters. Hendricks won the match, but lost the fight.

  • kbroesq

    I’m sorry (I love both GSP and Silva), but I really don’t find this fight as compelling anymore, based upon both fighters’ recent performances. Silva seems to just be getting better and better and plays with his opponents more and more, and GSP has had trouble in his last two fights. Silva is just too big for GSP to hold down. I know he’s the best wrestler in MMA, but if a guy like Sonnen, who weighs 230 pounds before cutting, cannot hold Silva down, then GSP ain’t holding Silva down.

    Quite frankly, I’m more interested in the no 1 contender fights. I want to see Hendrix fight GSP. I want to see Weidman fight Silva. Those are more compelling fights, and if they were going to do a super fight, it really needs to be Jones v. Silva.

  • Kingron84

    I must have watched a different fight. In the first 2 rounds I swore Hendricks used a bull rush with punches whether they landed or not and he landed some power shots on Condit to get him against the cage and dumped him. He didn’t in the first 2 rounds get hit and stunned then shoot for the takedown, he threw punches in bunches and backed Condit to the cage and then dumped him. Even if Condit ladned a few more strikes in the first 2 rounds you could see Condit was getting hammered, what a chin he has.

    • Sir_Roy

      First round you have a point … but most of round 2 and all of round 3, Hendricks wanted no part of Condit’s stand-up and got rocked back a few times.

      That, and in all three rounds, Hendricks did absolutely jack once he took Condit down. Nothing. Nadda. In fact, all he did was show concern for Condit’s ground game.

      • KingRon84

        What I also think people should understand was this may have been controversial but it was a very entertaining fight. There was alot of standup with combos and power shots being thrown unlike the main event and no matter who won, it could have gone either way it was a good fight and much better than the main event

        • Sir_Roy

          Yeah … GSP had an exciting fight against Condit that also won fight of the night.

          Both GSP and Condit had boring, lackluster fights with Diaz. Hm. Common denominator here would be … ?

          • KingRon84

            I just wish Pierre would do more than just jab. He has a lethal jab but please throw a combo. I want to see him face some one he can’t or won’t try to take down but also has the power to ko him with one punch ala Hendricks or Ellenberger.

          • Reed

            Ones a runner and the other held on for life!. Fraidy cats…?

          • Lucas Freire

            Wanna see zero strategy? Go see Kimbo’s backyard fights.

            While I may admit GSP’s style isn’t the most attractive one,there’s just no way in the world someone can say Condit is a runner. Or that his fights aren’t HIGHLY entertaining

  • Someone is taking writing lessons from the Bleacher report.

  • subidoo

    I don’t see the point in these super fights. Is it so we can say GSP wasn’t as good as Silva? Or Silva wasn’t as good as GSP? When will it stop? Keep their records clean in their own weight classes. Jeez! I feel like if it keeps going and Silva beats GSP, what then if he beats Jones? Are they going to try to make a fight between Silva and Benson Henderson? That obviously won’t work. Enough with this super fight bulls***. I don’t want Silva to beat GSP, nor visa versa.

  • coupdegrass

    Great article and I agree with most of it except the hendricks dominating thing. Hendricks did not, in any real way, dominate. In fact, I thought he looked like total s*** in the third rd and had the fight been longer, I would have expected a 4th rd tko for condit. Hendricks’ takedowns saved his ass. Now, if the GSP fight gets made, what will hendricks do if he can’t land his left? That’s the reason I don’t really care to see this fight. There is a limited number of ways it could end. Hendricks by KO, or GSP by decision. Hendricks won’t be able to deal with the variety of top tier skills that St. Pierre brings to the table, so he’ll be seeking that KO. And since GSP tend to get tagged at least once in each fight, Hendricks could feasibly land his left and end the night. I’d rather see GSP vs Silva, then see them both retire as the number 1 and number 2 p4p fighters of all time. Better than seeing GSP smother another welterweight, or lose his legacy to a One Punch wonder

  • I’m not the target demographic for this Big Mac, BUT a superfight like that would get me to plop down the coin to see it happen. I liken it to the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao buzz that never happened (and never will now that Pacquiao got dropped). Boxing had a chance to pull me in, and maybe get a new fan in the process. UFC has the same chance here with that kind of a fight…but it seems they’re playing the same dance boxing did and will never see the fruits of that kind of pull.


    Anderson vs GSP would be great, but much better will be Spider vs Bones

    • Ian Price

      They can do that one right after.

  • Bull s*** Condit did great by no means was he beaten down the fight could have gone his way. the score was 29-28 that’s not a great win by any means.

  • Scarlet

    This is insanity. GSP is small for 170 and Silva is HUGE for 185. GSP could make 155 if he wanted and puts no effort into making 170 (unlike so many other fighters today)

    People just want to stack the deck against him.

    How about GSP vs. Aldo? I bet they walk around at the same weight.

  • Randi

    How could the time for that fight be now, when silva’s next scheduled title defense isn’t until july. Find something else to write about Ryan!

  • Darin

    1. Can we please lose this Disqus crap? Half the time I click on an article there’s an error message about Disqus taking longer than usual to load.
    2. Per this article, I would agree that now is the time for the UFC to give us GSP vs. AS if they want to cash in on it. It will NOT be a good fight (at least for Mr. SP), but GSP is losing his aura of invincibility due to the fact he couldn’t finish a sandwich and doesn’t seem to have any plan to change his style or take any risks whatsoever (hence his avoidance of Silva). As a fan, I wouldn’t consider this a “super” fight at all. GSP will get TKOd quick, or Silva will go into his weird dancing stuff for 5 rounds.
    3. Give Hendricks his damn title shot already! If GSP beats Hendricks and Silva beats Weidman, then put it on.

  • Adam Bianski

    Anderson Silva would dominate GSP. He is a much better striker and the fight would stay on the feet. This fight would be total domination, GSP would not be able to take AS down and throw three baby punches then transition over and over again. AS is much stronger then GSP and would stuff his take downs and hurt him as he tried. Guys who push AS (like GSP would) are in a highlight reel of AS Knockouts.

    • Sir_Roy

      GSP would take Anderson Silva down. That assumption is completely baseless.

  • Markie Reneau

    It was a VERY close fight but by no means did Hendricks dominate Condit… He deserves the next Title shot vs st Pierre though…

  • MS Pinto

    I agree that Hendricks has “earned it” like he acclaimed after the fight. But pretty much everybody agreed this actually happened even before Condit, GSP-Diaz was a big-money fight and St.-Pierre felt he had to put Diaz out before Jhonny. Having said that, I don´t really feel Hendricks could make the best example for what you describe as “new breed”. He does have the wrestling pedigree and an incredible left hand, not the mnost technical boxing though, and to be honest, after the fight with Condit when comparing the two of them it is obvious Hendricks boxing is far to being good even. I would say that people like Jon Jones or Rory McDonald could make a better example. They did not develop into a traditional martial art (judo, taekwondo, etc.) or combat sport (wrestling, boxing) yet, they have taken enough from each discipline to blend into a cage-oriented fighting style, they are very well rounded for the only and main purpose of fighting in Mixed Martial Arts.
    Even if Hendricks beats GSP I don´t see him being a dominant champion like Georges precisely because i think his lackings on his fighting style will not make him a,lasting champion, he is easier to figure out than someone like Georges or a very well rounded fighter like Rory or Jones… for a guy like Hendricks, who took Condit to the ground on 99% of his attempts having no idea of what to do on a grounded opponent (submission wise) leaves a lot to desire.
    Weidman is to premature. Not to say he can´t make it, he has the tools to make it a fight and even to win against AS. Just like Chael did, the real question is if he will do it. I don´t think so, he sure has a promising career but in my opinion you shouldn´t pit an undefeated fighter with not more than a dozen of professional bouts, whose biggest wins came against a declining-moment jiu-jitsu artist and a wrestler coming off a long injury-related absence. For Weidman´s sake, he shoud´ve been tested more before going up against probably the best fighter of his era.

  • Zap

    Nope. Sorry. No one cares about this fight. Even Dana wants Silva v. Jones