UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre, is clearly one of the pound-for-pound best MMA fighters around, but some fans are getting tired of his wrestling-heavy style. Even former UFC welterweight champion, Matt Hughes, had a few things to say about GSP’s conservative style during an interview with Ariel Helwani.
“My one criticism with Georges is: I wish the guy would finish more people because I know that he has the ability to,” Matt Hughes said. “He’s the best guy I’ve ever fought. And I just wish he’d go out there and do that to everybody else the way he made me feel. I’m not being mean; I’m just being very honest. The guy has so much talent, he just has to go out there and use it all. … I think he’s just very careful. He doesn’t want to lose — which of course nobody does — but then you know, the more effort you put into finishing the fight, the more you open yourself up to be finished. Matt Serra is a great example, he was going out there striking with him, and he got caught with a punch. I think he’s just a very careful person.”
I couldn’t agree more with Hughes’ comments.
Early in his MMA career, GSP was a lot more aggressive inside the cage, finishing eight of his first nine opponents. He ended Hughes’ long-time reign as the welterweight champ in impressive fashion, connecting with a beautiful switch-kick, followed by some vicious ground-n-pound.
Unfortunately, GSP’s attitude inside the Octagon changed after he was upset by Serra at UFC 69, and he’s never been the same since then. He’s no longer willing to take risks inside the cage, pushing some MMA fans away. The fact that we’ve already seen him finish some of the best MMA fighters in the world makes GSP’s post-Serra style even more frustrating.
The criticism hasn’t gone unnoticed by St. Pierre, and the Canadian has promised to deliver an entertaining performance when he squares up against Carlos Condit at UFC 154 (Nov. 17).
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.