12-14-2010, 12:57 AM
Status: nocturnal poster
Join Date: Jul 2006
Originally Posted by Goremire
Man oh man, watching it live it was obvious Koscheck was taking a whuppin’, but seeing it broken down like that just displays with stark clarity exactly how outclassed he was in the striking game by GSP.
I’m so thoroughly disappointed in Koscheck’s game plan, and feel like it was an absolute waste of a title shot. It’s like he assumed that if he could keep the fight standing all he needed to do was land the overhand right and that would be all she wrote. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure that was his game plan in the first fight, so neg’d for lack of innovation in his fight strategy. For all his talk about how his game has evolved – and while he was more competitive in his wrestling – his tired, played out strategy on the feet doomed his effort from the get go.
One of the most shocking things about the results is that Koscheck only threw three leg kicks in the entire fight. THREE. A steady diet of thumping leg kicks (preferably at the end of punching combinations thrown with the emphasis on speed and technique, not power) could have slowed GSP up over time, accumulated points, prevented GSP form dictating the striking range and most importantly, reduced the effectiveness of GSP’s jab. If he could have got GSP checking them then it could have opened the door for takedowns as well.
GSP is an incredibly talented fighter who may go on to be one of the greatest of all time – if he isn’t there already. He certainly doesn’t need any assistance from his opponent in the form of a deeply flawed game-plan to win in dominant fashion.
I don't know, when you get you're orbital bone broken 30 seconds into the fight pretty much your whole gameplan gets thrown out the window.