Georges St-Pierre finally makes his Octagon return on Saturday night. An 11-month wait will finally be over. A lot has changed since GSP last fought at UFC 129 against Jake Shields.
Carlos Condit is now the interim champion and arguably GSP's most dangerous opponent to date. But what is on the line for GSP in his main-event fight on Saturday? I've heard a lot of different things thrown around in the days and weeks leading up to this fight.
Some say a loss to Condit will tarnish St-Pierre's legacy. I disagree with this statement. GSP will be remembered as one of the most dominant champions in UFC history, as well as a top pound-for-pound fighter whether he beats Condit or not.
I believe the biggest thing at stake for GSP in this fight is his reputation among fans and critics. St-Pierre has been pegged as a boring fighter by some, for his use of the takedown and subsequent top control.
But this time is different. St-Pierre is motivated and eager to finish his opponent.
He has a new fire lit under him, and he is ready to show it off. Fans have criticized him for years about his lack of finishes. GSP is ready to prove them wrong.
My bet would be that GSP takes Condit down and stays constantly busy with ground-and-pound. He will also be looking for a submission of some sort. He will take more chances and when the opportunity presents itself, St-Pierre will sink in a submission and not let go.
GSP's legacy will always be as one of the greatest fighters in MMA. But he has a unique opportunity in front of him on Saturday. He can shed the boring-fighter label and prove his doubters wrong all in one fell swoop. Here's hoping he does.
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