ďHonestly, Iím going to tell you the truth, I knew that it might be, or probably be, that one of Serra or Hughes would get injured. So I was keeping myself in shape in case. Normally Iím always in shape, as a matter of fact, I always train, thatís my job so Iím always in good shape. So when I heard that Matt Serra got hurt, right away I called my manager Ö. [Training camps are usually] Two months, but itís been more than two, three months that Iíve been training. Iíve been training since the summer so I couldnít be in better shape than I am right now actuallyÖ. Itís crazy, I have like an all-star training camp right now. A lot of guys are coming from out of town, plus with all the guys I have here itís pretty amazing. I have Denis Kang, Nathan Marquardt, Keith Jardine, Rashad Evans, my coach, Greg Jackson, Phil Nurse are coming down. I have in Montreal Patrick Cote, David Loiseau. Iím training with all the best guys. I cannot be surrounded by better people than I have right now. So Iím going to be very well-prepared. I am actually right now very well-prepared for that fight, Iím just going to get better and better and better.Ē
I think that Hughes is going to come in over confident thinking that he has an advantage in that GSP didn't have time to get in proper shape for the fight and be surprised when GSP is in tip top shape for the fight.
Didn't GSP say he was well prepared before he fought Serra? And then afterwards he blamed the loss on not training enough.
If Hughes wins GSP is totally going to be going backwards on this, bitching about how he didn't have enough time to train.
i think he probably said that just so Serra wouldn't know that he wasn't training hard enough for him. kinda how fighters cover up injuries before fights, claiming they are 100%. he also had all that stuff going on in his personal life...kinda like Randy Couture did, that can really mess a fighter up mentally.
i think if Hughes does win, GSP won't make any excuses this time. GSP knew what he was getting into, taking this fight with 5 weeks notice. and i know he respects Matt Hughes (bleh), so i think he'd give him his dues. but i dont see GSP losing, it will be an awesome war!!!
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...GSP knew what he was getting into, taking this fight with 5 weeks notice. and i know he respects Matt Hughes (bleh), so i think he'd give him his dues. but i dont see GSP losing, it will be an awesome war!!!
You can see how different the second fight was. I believe GSP did not fear Matt when the second fight rolled around. That is crucial given GSP's physical talent, he usually has to worry more about mental mistakes.
All signs point to GSP getting the title back. Whatever happens, hopefully they will be a graceful loser/winner.
It's all mental with GSP, if he's on the brink of a nervous breakdown like before the Serra fight he'll be in trouble. If he's confident and knows "nobody can handle my rhythm" then he'll be alright imo. This is a much closer fight imo than many people think, but GSP will end up finishing Hughes in the 3rd Round in a back & forth battle.
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Thing is that GSP has the much better stand up and we all know that Hughes wants to "Knock Someone Out" as he hasn't done that yet. He will hear something about GSP saying he couldn't punch and boom Hughes keeps it standing and then gets leg kicked, high kicked, punch to the face knocked out.