Last night proved two very important things. First, Georges St-Pierre is still unquestionably the top dog at 170 pounds; second, he is indeed capable of overcoming adversity.
Carlos Condit landed a mean high kick to the temple of the champion last night that sent him reeling into the canvas. Condit swarmed, and it appeared we may actually be on the cusp of seeing the official title change hands.
But GSP recovered and rebounded.
A seasoned veteran and highly intelligent fighter, St-Pierre was able to ward off the majority of Condit’s attack and reverse fortune. The champ not only escaped the assault, but managed another takedown and completely dominated for what remained of the third frame.
These kinds of fights are what make fighters great. GSP may not have appeared wholly invincible last night, but he proved he has the heart of lion and the resolve of a deserving champion.
So what’s next for GSP? There are a handful of interesting options out there, but few hold the allure of a meeting with the surging Johny Hendricks…