Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Georges St-Pierre has been getting it done with his wrestling recently, but he's landed more significant strikes than any other fighter in UFC history by a significant margin.
While many of those strikes were landed on the ground, St-Pierre has also beaten many opponents while standing. The last time he met a heavy hitting wrestler like Johny Hendricks, St-Pierre utilized his jab to remain outside the range of his foe's power punches.
If he and Hendricks stand on Saturday, St-Pierre will no doubt try to use his jab regularly again.
Above, St-Pierre feints his jab to elicit a reaction from Carlos Condit (top). The champion hits Condit with a jab and bounces back outside the range of Condit's right hook counter (bottom).
St-Pierre is the second most accurate striker in UFC welterweight history behind Matt Brown and his jab might be his most high-percentage attack. There's no doubt the Canadian is going to try to use it on Hendricks to keep the challenger on his heels and too far away to land his lunging left hand.
The jab of St-Pierre may not have looked better in any fight than his one with Josh Koscheck. Koscheck, a heavy hitting wrestler, presented many of the same challenger to St-Pierre in December 2010 that Hendricks will this weekend.
Although he may have a better chin right now, Hendricks has more holes in his striking defense than Koscheck did. Saturday's challenger gets touched with 42 percent of opponent strikes, while Koscheck has only allowed adversaries to hit him with 36 percent of their attempted strikes over his UFC career.
Hendricks is more wild offensively than Koscheck was. But when St-Pierre's the one moving forward, there's little reason to believe he can't land his jab repeatedly.