There is no doubt who the star of the show was all week and GSP handled every second of it like a true champion. He’s great with the fans, media and everyone around him, and he was jovial and smiling all week.
He kicked ass in the cage and then proceeded to basically run the UFC press conference himself after the show. All while holding an ice bag on his kicked head. He even translated every French question in to English before he answered it. Do other super star athletes do this? I’m not sure, but I doubt it.
Condit has always been one of my favorite fighters to watch inside the cage and now the family man from Albequrque, New Mexico has earned a different respect. He was excellent all week with the media; candid, intelligent and very mature in his approach in everything he did.
He put it out there in the cage too, and almost finished GSP in the third with a nicely timed head kick and follow up barrage. From his reign in the WEC in the early days of MMA, to the point he has reached in his career now, it’s about time Condit starts getting some respect as one of the best fighters of of all time.
It is his MO to be entertaining in the workouts and cage entrances and he didn’t disappoint this week. He imitated a Japanese Sumo match with his training partners at the workout, mimicked an infamous WCW wrestler at the weigh ins, and then got his geek on in his cage entrance on fight night.
He should be pretty pissed right now too, because he won his fight, despite the judges giving Carmont the decision.