Originally Posted by joeodd2
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.
I think this is the mindset one needs to enjoy GSP. He's not a brilliant striker; everyone saying he's a fantastic striker are kind of overlooking his weaknesses. He will never box like JDS or have the muay thai strength of Anderson Silva or Jose Aldo. Also, he's not a brilliant grappler either. He's got a great double leg and a suffocating top game, but he's not a BJJ wizard like Maia or a master of the clinch like Sonnen. He's just really good at everything.
What he's really great at is misdirection. He's good enough everywhere that people have to guess what he's going to do. His striking looks better the other guy is watching for the takedown. His wrestling looks better when they are wary of the jab. He's such a tough opponent because he forces his opponent to be better almost everywhere.