UFC 154 saw the return of one of the best fighters in the world, Georges St-Pierre. A major knee injury had sidelined the Canadian star for over a year.
His return to the Octagon came against a guy that is no walk in the park. That man was Carlos Condit.
In looking at GSP's performance, he has to be proud of the way he fought. In returning from a major knee injury against a high-quality opponent like Condit, GSP won all five rounds in the eyes of two judges and four in the other (and myself).
Many questioned if his knee would take away from the power takedowns that he is so famous for. They wondered if it would hinder his movement on the feet.
Questions were answered in Montreal, and for GSP, they were good results.
GSP showed he still had the footwork that established his jab. He still had the most relentless takedowns in MMA today.
Simply put, he looked like the best GSP we have seen in a long time.
I cannot state that the performance lived up to GSP's standards. I have not personally spoken to him, so I cannot make that statement.
However, in seeing what he did after such a serious injury, one would have to think his performance met his expectations. Sure, his face probably hurts because he took some damage from the ultra-tough Condit.
However, he put on an exciting fight, dominated for the most part and made viewers feel like their pay-per-view/ticket money was cash well spent.
Not only that, he showed that his knee injury was not going to slow him down. A man with his work ethic would not dare bow to such a setback.
GSP has to be pleased with his performance at UFC 154. That was an amazing display of heart, skill and dominance.
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