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Team GSP won 10 fights this season, compared with four for Team Kos. The finale pits two GSP fighters against each other.
I wrote about this before: GSP bested Koscheck at every conceivable turn. Better fighters, better coaching, better guest appearances (Mike Tyson? Freddie freakin' Roach? It's almost unfair), better cornering, better strategy, better practices, better food, better pillow linens, better everything.
Ever heard of bringing a knife to a gun fight? Well, Josh Koscheck brought a tooth brush.
In order to have a good rivalry, you need some balance. Otherwise, it's kind of hollow. That's why you don't hear much about Notre Dame-USC or Steelers-Browns these days.
And that's why TUF may have had a strange self-defeating effect. The trash talk contained therein surely helped hype the fight, but the show's actual results eroded any subtance that talk might have contained or achieved.
Don't get me wrong, Koscheck did his best to get under St. Pierre's skin, and occasionally it worked. For the most part, though, GSP refused to take the bait. GSP's stoicism and overwhelming success on the show may have unwittingly relegated Koscheck to something like an annoying younger brother, rather than an opponent to be reckoned with.
And to make matters worse, that stoicism, while admirable, did not exactly make for great TV. Which brings me to my final slide...