Carlos Condit forced GSP into the trenches last night. He may not have exited the octagon with the belt, but he proved to the world that he’s very capable of competing at the highest level of competition the sport has to offer.
Georges St. Pierre hasn’t tasted defeat in well over five years. Furthermore, he hasn’t even been close to losing his welterweight title since reclaiming gold in his rematch with Matt Serra at UFC 83. Josh Koscheck failed to put the man in any significant danger at UFC 124, Jake Shields didn’t manage much outside of a few damaging eye pokes at UFC 129, Thiago Alves came up short at UFC 100. The list goes on folks.
No one has managed to make GSP look remotely near human recently, except Carlos Condit, who came just a few punches away from shocking the world last night at UFC 154.
“The Natural Born Killer” dropped GSP in the third frame with a well-placed high kick. A slew of punches followed from the interim champion, but St-Pierre was savvy enough to thwart Condit’s offense and regain control of the fight.
The remainder of the title affair played out as most GSP collisions do: GSP, on top, mauling his foe. However, this specific title fight taught us an awful lot about Carlos Condit and the kind of fighter he truly is.