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  • 04-01-2013, 02:38 AM
    roaddawg
    Quote Originally Posted by Fedorlei Gomipierre View Post
    I believe Hendricks is a genuine challenger and threat to GSP, however when you got back at the Kos and Pierce fights, I think there is a strong argument that GSP can avoid the blitz and outwork Hendricks on the feet and I don't doubt that GSP can take him down if Johny wades in to cover the striking distance and eats a power double.

    GSP has made every top WW on the planet look human in comparison when they step into the cage with him and while I think Hendricks has a world of talent, I think GSP will walk in with a perfect gameplan, utilize his massive reach advantage and take Hendricks out with three 50-45 scorecards.
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  • 03-31-2013, 10:23 PM
    Sniggles
    Guess what? Hendricks has evolved in many manners since facing Story.

    Are you a different person then you were 3 years ago?
  • 03-31-2013, 10:21 PM
    goodtimes
    Quote Originally Posted by AnchorPunch View Post
    I think Johnny's approach to closing the distance plays right into GSP's strengths though. Hendricks doesn't duck and cover distance going for a leg, he closes the distance more vertically and then drops (similar to Sonnen), which I think makes him particularly vulnerable to being jabbed to death.

    I think Hendricks has a punchers chance (and better than most) but still picking GSP by UD.
    It also leaves him open to being taken down himself. For how good Hendricks' takedowns are, he actually has pretty weak takedown defense. The best example is the fight with Story. He was basically out-wrestled and it all started when he came charging forward and Story took him down with ease.

    I think Condit is right on the money. Hendricks' all around game isn't too impressive, he relies on power too much.
  • 03-31-2013, 09:13 PM
    Fedorlei Gomipierre
    I believe Hendricks is a genuine challenger and threat to GSP, however when you got back at the Kos and Pierce fights, I think there is a strong argument that GSP can avoid the blitz and outwork Hendricks on the feet and I don't doubt that GSP can take him down if Johny wades in to cover the striking distance and eats a power double.

    GSP has made every top WW on the planet look human in comparison when they step into the cage with him and while I think Hendricks has a world of talent, I think GSP will walk in with a perfect gameplan, utilize his massive reach advantage and take Hendricks out with three 50-45 scorecards.
  • 03-31-2013, 08:35 PM
    stpierrecanada
    Quote Originally Posted by end it with a left View Post
    If Hendricks charges in against Georges he will end up on his back and when he's not charging in he will eat a lot of jabs. That's a big strength of GSP is that he controls the fight so very well. I think for Johny to have success he will need to look for the td early.
    This, I think this explains it perfectly. Both fighters have to be unpredictable, and I think GSP is cooking up something.
  • 03-31-2013, 08:10 PM
    BonesKnows
    Quote Originally Posted by The8thPlague View Post
    True, Hendricks isn't as polished, but he has better wrestling than GSP and he has Knockout power. Something GSP hasn't displayed since.... Ever.If there's anyone that can pull off the upset it's gonna be Hendricks.
    Better wrestler doesnt = better MMA wrestler - Which GSP is the best

    Quote Originally Posted by DanC View Post
    We saw in the Condit fight that he's not afraid to charge forward against a more technical fighter, looking for the KO. GSP likes to use the jab, dictate the distance, and pick guys apart on the feet, but with Hendricks charging forward he's going to find that very difficult.

    The wrestling department is where it's going to get really interesting. As we know, when we see two wrestlers facing each other, it usually ends up being a striking match. But with the kind of power Hendricks has - and GSP's propensity for fighting 'safely' - I don't see this happening. Now we've seen GSP outwrestle guys that were supposedly better wrestlers than he was, but whether or not he can do that with Hendricks remains to be seen, and man I can't wait to see it.
    If hendricks comes swining in and charging forward GSP is going to dump him on his ass as many times as he wants. If he doesnt charge forward he is eating leg kicks, jabs, superman punches and whatever else GSP wants to throw at him.

    People say GSP fights "safely" and my question to you is this; is he fighting safely, or is he so good at every aspect of MMA he just chooses to fight his opponents weakness. I mean its the other fighters job as well to bring the fight (or try to bring the fight) to GSP and not let him just controll what is taking place in the fight - But that never happens because of how good GSP is.

    Quote Originally Posted by end it with a left View Post
    If Hendricks charges in against Georges he will end up on his back and when he's not charging in he will eat a lot of jabs. That's a big strength of GSP is that he controls the fight so very well. I think for Johny to have success he will need to look for the td early. None of the really good wrestlers that Georges has fought since Hughes have really even tried and I think that GSP can thank Serra for that. His suspect jaw has had guys trying to knock his head off instead of implimenting a smart strategy
    Agree with most of it until you said the suspect jaw. Im pretty sure his jaw isnt in question anymore especially after he recoverd so well against Condit from that MONSTER Head Kick that more times than not it KO's or TKO's a fighter.

    Quote Originally Posted by TBEAR View Post
    you can become unpolished with large hook from Johny. Power can change everything/ GSP is great but Johmy is a VERY DANGEROUS fight for GSP
    Hendricks throws the left hook, GSP takes him down all day. Johny is only as dangerous as the next guy. After GSP disposes of him they will say ellenberger is a VERY DANGEROUS fight for GSP - rinse and repeat.

    Quote Originally Posted by JPeezy View Post
    GSP is the best winner in MMA. He's not the best fighter, but he is the best at planning and executing a way to win. He'll avoid Hendricks punching power with kicks, work his superior cardio, and get more take downs. GSP 49-46 U.D.
    THIS (for the most part). GSP wins this fight 50-45 in a very one sided fight.
  • 03-31-2013, 08:00 PM
    travtera
    A lot of people have compared Hendricks' chances to that of Koscheck. That Hendricks offers nothing new that GSP hasn't seen or dealt with. I don't believe this to be accurate. The biggest difference I see is Hendricks' scary one touch power and a nack for closing the distance on his opponents to find his range inside. Kos throws heavily telegraphed overhand haymakers which GSP easily countered with his power jab all day long. Kos has failed to truly blend his striking and grappling to keep his opponents guessing what was coming next. I was impressed with Hendricks' mixed game of striking and takedowns against Condit when it was clear Condit was going to survive his opening blitz.

    All that said, Condit hit the nail on the head. Georges' technique and discipline will be the difference makers. I expect Hendricks' best chance is going to come in aggressively in the opening minutes. Attempt to again blitz his opponent and find a home for his left hand. Once Georges settles into his game establishes his distance with his jab and the take downs and top control will follow. Rinse, repeat. Any chance Johny has past the opening moments would be if he was able to degenerate the fight into a brawl. Georges is too disciplined to fight Johny in that type of fight.
  • 03-31-2013, 05:35 PM
    The8thPlague
    Quote Originally Posted by DanC View Post
    I'm not sure entirely agree that GSP doesn't possess knockout power.
    Not 1 single win by Knockout.
  • 03-31-2013, 04:42 PM
    JPeezy
    GSP is the best winner in MMA. He's not the best fighter, but he is the best at planning and executing a way to win. He'll avoid Hendricks punching power with kicks, work his superior cardio, and get more take downs. GSP 49-46 U.D.
  • 03-31-2013, 02:31 PM
    NAL987
    The only 2 fighters that are left for GSP that have a legitimate chance to dethrone him is Hendricks and then Maia.. If GSP can get passed those 2 (that's saying if Maia gets a title shot this year or next) then he should move up to Middleweight IMO. The other guys in WW aren't gonna beat GSP.
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