St-Pierre vs. Condit Results: What We Learned from GSP vs. Carlos Condit
After 19 months of waiting, Georges St-Pierre has finally returned to the UFC, and on Saturday night we finally got answers to all of our questions.
Did he come back too soon from his injury? What sort of impact would the injury have on his takedown ability? Would it affect his quickness? Is Carlos Condit the quality fighter who is capable of dethroning GSP?
At UFC 154 in Montreal, the champion looked excellent and healthy, and he dominated a legitimate threat who is capable of defeating any welterweight on the planet.
What we'll remember about this fight
The undeniable ground control of GSP against a grappling wizard like Condit.
This fight showed us that the champion is still the best welterweight on the planet, regardless of his horrific injury. Ring rust or not, GSP persevered and even outstruck Condit at moments during the stand-up.
Detractors of the champion will likely cite this fight as GSP's vulnerability to a big strike. The head kick that landed in the third round is undoubtedly the most devastating strike to land during his title reign.
What we learned about Georges St-Pierre
That his injury didn't hinder his fantastic takedown abilities.
Other than that, we saw St-Pierre in prime condition once again. It's hard to learn new things about a fighter with 19 Octagon appearances.
What we learned about Carlos Condit
That he is a deserving member of the welterweight elite. Some people argue that Condit is overrated, but he hung in there in both the striking and grappling department with the greatest welterweight of all time.
It's not something that we learned, but something that was reinforced: Carlos Condit is always dangerous.
He forced GSP to be wary of submissions at all times when the fight was on the ground, and he knocked the champ down with a nasty head kick in the third round.
What's next for Georges St-Pierre
Anderson Silva was in attendance but did not come into the cage as many expected. Is there doubt about the superfight going down? Absolutely! However, never say never.
Johny Hendricks looked tremendous tonight. If there is any question that GSP vs. Silva is going to happen, with two knockouts against top-five opponents in less than one minute, it's hard to argue that there is a more worthy contender than "Big Rigg" at this point in time.
What's next for Carlos Condit
Nick Diaz still needs an opponent for Super Bowl weekend. It's the biggest fight that can be made for either fighter at this point in time.
If not, you could always give Condit his rematch with Martin Kampmann, as both men are entering a time of rebuilding their status within the division.
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