GSP vs Condit: Breaking Down the FightMetric Numbers
Georges St-Pierre had a lot working against him at UFC 154 before even setting foot into the Octagon. It was the first fight for St-Pierre since April of 2011 and his first bout following knee surgery.
Many expected to see a rusty GSP against Carlos Condit, but St-Pierre looked like he hadn't taken any time off en route to winning a tough five-round decision.
Fans were praising Condit for his performance even in defeat, but how well did he actually perform?
Here's how FightMetric breaks down the fight.
Tough Going Early for Carlos Condit
Condit was visibly tentative early on, but the numbers would lead you to believe otherwise. In the first two rounds, Condit threw more total strikes with 146 compared to GSP's 104. It would be in significant strikes on the feet where St-Pierre enjoyed a true advantage.
The welterweight champion landed better than 50 percent of his significant strikes in both rounds while Condit scored on only 11 of his total of 67 significant strikes.
St-Pierre also landed both of his takedowns and made three passes while on the ground. He landed a strong elbow that cut Condit and caused "The Natural Born Killer" to spill a considerable amount of blood.
The takedowns, combined with St-Pierre's advantage on the feet, had fans preparing for another dominant decision victory that seemed all too familiar.
Carlos Condit Shakes the Game Up with a Head Kick
St-Pierre was well in control going into the third round. Condit threw a combination and finished it with a left head kick that floored GSP. Flashes of Matt Serra at UFC 69 appeared in the minds of MMA fans, as Condit looked to finish the fight.
St-Pierre survived to make it to his feet following Condit's best round by far, as "The Natural Born Killer" landed 16 of 28 significant strikes along with landing 60 of his 74 total strikes.
Although one judge gave Condit the third round, the other two judges scored it for GSP. That's likely based on the fact that St-Pierre landed two takedowns along with a guard pass.
Georges St-Pierre Pulls Away Down the Home Stretch
Fans were on the edge of their seats going into the championship rounds, as it seemed momentum was up for grabs after Condit's knockdown in the third. Instead, St-Pierre mustered the courage of a champion and extended his lead on the scorecards.
In the fourth round, St-Pierre landed half of his 18 significant strikes combined with 29 of his 39 total strikes. In contrast, Condit only landed three of his nine significant strikes and 33 of his 42 total strikes.
The low numbers are due to the fact Condit spent a good majority of the fourth fighting off his back. He looked to threaten with a number of submission attempts, but St-Pierre stuffed them all before Condit could secure one.
St-Pierre obtained two takedowns along with three passes while on the ground. Condit nearly stole the show on the mat after reversing St-Pierre, but GSP was able to make it back to his feet.
GSP continued his domination in the fifth round by landing 66 percent of his significant strikes and 37 of his 48 total strikes. St-Pierre was also successful on both takedowns. However, Condit bounced right back up from the first.
The fight came to a close with St-Pierre in total control on the mat.
St-Pierre: 71 of 132 on significant strikes, 172 of 237 of total strikes, successful on seven of eight takedowns.
Condit: 36 of 148 on significant strikes, 190 of 232 total strikes, one successful reversal on the mat.
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