This is the same guy who absolutely barely-squeaked by Jay Hieron, his biggest challenger to date. GSP's biggest and basically, last threat at WW is Hendricks, Askren isn't even a pimple on GSP's ass.
Nope. Not Ben
There are three people that have a shot at GSP and they are
Jake E--HUGE KO POWER
Johny--HUGE KO POWER
Maia--GSP does not want this on the ground
"...for he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother." William Shakespeare
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it." Helen Keller
Ellenberger has awesome power, but he fights dumb and gasses after two. That's a perfect recipe for someone with GSP's fight IQ to simply eat alive. GSP will take him down, drain him of his power and then pick him apart. I could really see GSP sneaking up for an armbar in the third on an exhausted Jake. Not a matchup I'm concerned about....
As for Rory, I didn't even entertain a matchup between the two because they train together and in all honesty, by the time Rory gets his shot, I see GSP either retiring or relinquishing the title to fight Anderson.
Maia has been really showing his strengths to a different level at WW, and until he gets shut down before he faces GSP or when he faces GSP, I still think he's a viable threat.
The reason I like Ellenberger over Hendricks is mainly based on his technique and defense, as other aspects are quite similar. Hendricks has struck gold with his leaping left hooks with his chin out, but one day he may pay for that. Ellenberger doesn't make those mistakes when throwing power.
If Maia is a threat how isn't Askren a threat? Maia isn't about to submit GSP but he could possibly take him down and hold him down for 5 rounds. Wouldn't Askren do the same thing, with a much better wrestling pedigree then Maia.
I am not saying Askren would beat GSP, he probably wouldn't. But anyone that thinks Maia is a threat needs to say Askren is a threat.
Dude, Im a wrestler. Im the best wrestler in MMA. Wrestling IS, was and always has been the most dominate form of mix martial art on the planet. Thats all there is to it. We all know it, some people want to fight it, some people want doubt it but wresters rule the MMA world. -
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