Originally Posted by Masscore
How come we are just assuming GSP will take Hendricks and Hendricks will not be able to take GSP down? I know history has shown GSP has an uncanny ability to put anyone on their back but Hendricks has shown the same thing.
They both fought Koscheck and both scored around a 35% takedown success rate against him. Koscheck also has a 25% success rate against both of them. So at least with one single common fighter they had the same success.
Hendricks on paper is probably the best wrestler GSP has fought. 4x All-American, 2x Champion and 3x Finalist. I would not just assume GSP is going to take Hendricks down at will. If Diaz can stuff GSP, you better believe Hendricks can.
I just don't see this fight being much different then GSP v Koscheck or Fitch. Sure, maybe Hendricks' wrestling is better than Koscheck, but if so, not by much, as illustrated by their fight which was very close, probably more of a draw then a win for Hendricks. I don't think Hendricks is really bringing something new to the table, something that GSP hasn't already taken care of. I think Hendricks is very comparable to Koscheck, even if he is better, he still has the same game only slightly better. In no way am I hating on Hendricks, I think he is great and can destroy most of the division, just don't think he has what it takes to take down George.
What I have not yet seen though is GSP against someone who in my mind is clearly one of if not the best BJJ practitioner in the sport, in Maia.