Originally Posted by Adambomb
Honestly, I find it funny how people actually think GSP changed anything about his style or general philosophy in this fight with Condit. Condit was better than Koscheck, Shields, or Hardy, so he was actually able to make the fight competitive.
However, GSP was still content to play it safe. Several times during the fight GSP landed combos which had Condit reeling back into the cage. Instead of continuing to throw strikes, GSP went for the takedown which he easily achieved. He continued his G&P assault even though it was clear that probably wasn't going to finish the fight, as Carlos had continually done a good job defending himself despite eating a lot of shots. Carlos couldn't stop GSP's takedowns but had good enough BJJ to make a submission very difficult, so Georges focused on G&P. GSP simply found Condit's biggest weakness and continued to exploit it.
That's the exact same thing GSP did in his previous fights. Hardy had horrendous grappling, so GSP went for submissions all day instead of mixing up striking or G&P. Koscheck couldn't stop the jab, so Georges just used that instead of throwing any combos or kicks in pursuit of the finish.
GSP always takes the safest route to victory. It's a credit to his skillset that he's versatile enough to exploit even the tiniest weakness in an opponent's game, but let's not pretend he's actually changed. If GSP wanted to stop Condit he probably could have by continually throwing combos once he had Carlos backing up. But that would've come with the risk of getting Ko'd, so he again chose not to.
After GSP got rocked and almost finished, I can't blame the guy for not playing on the feet for a long period of time during the rest of the fight. He did go for some descent GNP, but he said it himself, he doesn't have the same kind of power other fighters do. Personally I don't believe he likes to commit too much to his punches and kicks, he likes to confuse his opponent with strikes and take downs. Either way he's the most exciting non finisher in MMA.
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