Every sport has competitors that are above the rest. That shine brighter then all the others and show the kind of skill and talent that will make them legends.
Enter Georges St. Pierre.
GSP. Rush. Whatever you want to call him by, Georges St. Pierre is hands down the most complete fighter in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts today. He can do it all. And not only can he do it all, he can do it all almost better than anyone else in the world.
His stand-up training began when he was a child at home when his father began to teach him the basics of self defense. Later on, St Pierre would go on to study Kyokushin Karate. GSP has some of the best stand-up in the UFC today. Not because his boxing is crisp or that he kicks harder than anyone else on the roster, but because he's extremely crafty. There's one fake that we see him use on occasion—he fakes shooting for a takedown and comes back up to throw a hard jab to his opponent's face. It works so well because the opponent doesn't expect it and isn't ready for it.
And that's what GSP does. He does the unexpected and unusual in his striking and that is why it's so impressive to watch.
His ground game, though, is what is most impressive about his overall game. It seems as though GSP can take anyone down whenever he wants. This might not seem all that impressive, considering that there are many fighters in the UFC with excellent take-down abilities, but when you think about the fact that GSP had no prior wrestling experience before he started training for MMA, it becomes more impressive.
Fighters with a lifetime of wrestling experience like Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, and Mark Coleman have a difficult time taking the fight to the mat at times. But does GSP? Absolutely not. You can probably count on one hand the amount of times one of GSP's takedowns have been stopped by his opponent.
His ability to take his opponent down at will gives him the extremely important ability to dictate where the fight is going to take place. If he wants to strike for the first two rounds and then grapple for the last three, then that's whats going to happen.
His last three opponents are evidence of his ability to dictate where a fight takes place. Against BJ Penn, he was relentless with his takedowns. He passed BJ's guard like it wasn't there and devastated him with vicious ground-and-pound.
When he fought Thiago Alves, he took Alves down at will, but when he wanted to stand and trade, he did. Then he would shoot for the takedown and destroy the Pitbull's face with punches and knees.
In his most recent fight against Dan Hardy, GSP showed his take-down ability more than he has in previous fights. He was more explosive and powerful, which often times leads to being more dominant and dangerous.
Of course, in order for GSP to be able to show his dominance for five rounds, he must be able to make it through the fight without gassing. Which he does.
When GSP gets done with a five-round fight, if you look at him, you would have thought that he had simply gone on a brisk walk through the park. His strength and conditioning program is light years beyond anyone else's. Watch a video blog or countdown show on GSP and you'll see. He is a machine that never quits and must have perfection.
GSP is at the top of the pound-for-pound list and is on the rise even though he is already a superstar in the world of MMA. He has reached the level of champion, now all he has left to do is reach the level of legend and his legacy will be complete.
And I don't think that anyone can deny that he is going to be there very soon.