You've seen those movies where an android prototype is created. The perfect killing machine with absolutely no detail left to chance. A Terminator with artificial skin and muscle stretched over wire guts and metal bones. It almost seems to appear out of nowhere. It walks through other things trying to kill it,(BJ Penn) like they are distractions to a greater goal.
Let's call that android, oh I don't know, GSP...
But you start to sense about a third of the way through the movie that something is controlling the robot. Some greater more menacing higher intelligence that can somehow see far enough in to the future to effect the outcome of events.
And let's call that higher intelligence, for lack of a better name, Greg Jackson...
And the pour unfortunate target in the movie? Well for sh*ts and giggles, let's call him Thiago Alves...
After the first round, where Alves traded but GSP controlled the momentum, GSP gets back to the corner and is immediately told to calm down, relax and breath. The voice instantly takes control of the moment and prepares him for the next round. He tells George what Alves is about to do, and then he tells George what he's going to do. And then GSP does his own version of yes master and heads out to wreak destruction.
He throws a much stronger fighter around almost effortlessly while seeming to easily nullify any pain that Alves is trying to bring.
Even in the unpredictable moments,(GSP's pulled abductor) where you could hear the fear in GSP's voice as he told Jackson about it, Jackson didn't miss a breath. He turned to George and said, "It doesn't matter. Go and hit him with it if you have to." And then he said something about that's what champion's do. And his voice never raised above what it took for St. Pierre to hear him.
You looked at GSP's face and all the fear was gone. He became the killing machine again and then preceded to toss Alves around like a child's toy. Like how the terminator would just keep coming after it lost a limb, and you would think to yourself, "How in the hell do you kill this thing?"
This is not to say that George St. Pierre isn't arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the world. But it calls to mind another killing machine, Mike Tyson. The most devastating fighter of a recent era. In his corner he had one of the great boxing guru's Gus D'Amato. As long as he was alive and by Tyson's side he seemed unbeatable. We've all been witness to what a controlled Tyson did in his prime. It seemed like there was no fighter on the planet that could have stood toe to toe with him.
Then after the untimely death of D'Amato, (and the unwelcome tampering of a Robin Givens) his luster was gone. He became pure animal and more actively indulged in his own destruction instead of others.
GSP is nothing like Tyson. He has a self discipline, intellect and maturity that Tyson could only dream of having. But it still begs the question, what would happen to the assassin if he was cut off from his brain trust? What would happen if there wasn't that all knowing all seeing MMA intellect by his side as he trained every single day? What would happen if there wasn't that controlled voice focusing GSP on the perfect game plans of carnage?
All I know is if I was ever stupid enough to be across the Octagon from that killing machine, my eyes would be shifting from his to Greg Jackson's and back again.
And I'm not sure who would scare the crap out of me more.