I enjoy watching Georges St-Pierre turn top-notch opponents into outclassed amateurs.
Not because I hold any particular dislike for anyone in the welterweight division, but because it’s amazing to see a man three steps ahead of guys who already seem to be beating the curve. That’s remarkable.
However, after basically owning the entire welterweight division since 2005 (I know there’s a loss to Serra sprinkled in the mix there, but most would likely agree that the result was a bit of a fluke), there aren’t many surprises left for fans.
St-Pierre has simply been too dominant to allow any other man to really build the proper momentum not only to serve as a legit, marketable challenger, but also to put as many rear ends in seats as the champ.
Until a set of circumstances emerged that worked to benefit Carlos Condit quite well.
The wind in GSP’s sails isn’t as strong as it once was, thanks to more than a year-and-a-half away from competition and a few lackluster fights leading up to his lengthy shelf time.
St-Pierre hasn’t finished a fight since 2009 and many fans have grown restless, especially considering the champion’s approach to fighting is far too conservative in a market in which pure entertainment takes equal precedence to athletic abilities and execution.
Fanatics crave a finish, and GSP hasn’t delivered one in well over three years.
Carlos Condit, however, has finished three of his last five fights, and his diverse attack has enabled him to score big knockouts over a unique variety of opponents (Dong Hyun Kim is a pure grappler in every sense of the word, while Rory MacDonald is a ground-and-pound machine and Dan Hardy is a headhunter).
“The Natural Born Killer” lives up to his nickname (sans the Diaz fight, which was actually a brilliant display of effective game-planning from Condit). The man is a finisher, and he may be exactly what is needed to inject a bit of excitement into a division that should have the blood boiling whenever it's showcased.
Here are five reasons to root for him.