Nick Diaz: Is He Someone Who Can Bring out the Finisher in GSP?
UFC Welterweight Champion Georges "Rush" St. Pierre is without question, one of the most dominant fighters to ever step into the UFC Octagon.
His training for a fight shows how effective he uses all his talents. His game plan is something that he sticks to religiously, no matter what.
That same game plan, however, has been good and it has been notching wins to his already impressive career, but when you watch his fights, you see someone who will bust you up, but not finish you off.
And that is what I miss about the Canadian born fighter. Where did GSP's killer instinct go?
Ever since winning the UFC Welterweight Title from Matt Serra due to referee stoppage back in UFC 83, GSP has gone to the decision in five of his last six title defenses. Granted all of them were unanimous, but sometimes you just crave for more.
UFC President Dana White would rather have a fight be finished than leaving it up to the judges. And we all know how sometimes we don't agree with their decisions.
Maybe GSP needs someone that will push him to the distance.
Josh Koscheck pissed GSP off and had his face mangled in the process. But wouldn't it be awesome to see GSP finish off Koscheck? Submission, TKO, KO, it doesn't matter. Lots of people hate Koscheck at a cellular level and was craving for him to be taken out.
GSP had his chance, not once, but twice and it still went to the judges.
Where is the GSP that obliterated Matt Serra for the title? Where is the GSP that destroyed UFC Hall Of Famer Matt Hughes not once, but twice? Where is the GSP that broke Sean Sherk's nose?
That GSP was a beast to be feared.
Although a fight between GSP and UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva looms around. There is always a possibility that the fight will be between two legendary fighters that could cancel each other because they are that good.
Anderson himself has also had his share of fights go the distance and to be honest, a Silva fight going the distance is not something you want to see.
As of now, the rumors circulating around the MMA universe is revolving around a potential fight between GSP and Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz. Now that fight could be the fight that pushes St. Pierre.
Nick Diaz is a one hell of a fighter and most of all, the MMA "Bad Boy" is a finisher.
If it wasn't for an unfortunate poke in the eye, GSP's fight against Jake Shields could have been better. But when you were watching the fight, it did look like that GSP was playing it safe to eek out a judges decision.
Georges kept the fight standing up, which exploited the fact that Shields' stand up game absolutely sucked.
That being said, GSP knew that Shield's ground game is his strong point so he kept it on his feet. He can't do that with Diaz. If you don't think Diaz's stand-up is sick, just watch his fight against Paul Daley. Daley is a talented striker and Diaz disposed of him in the first round. Trust me when I say this, Nick Diaz's stand-up is the real deal.
The one thing I love about Diaz is that he loathes leaving any of his fights to the judges. The kid from Stockton, California can bring alot of problems to GSP. His unorthodox stand-up style along with his sick ground game makes it very difficult to match up with.
Although a fight between GSP and Anderson Silva would be great, a fight between GSP and Nick Diaz might be better.
Well those are my thoughts. Now it is time to hear yours. Is Nick Diaz the type of fighter who will bring out the finisher in GSP? Or has GSP become a fighter that lost that "finishing feeling"?
Or do we have to rely on Anderson Silva to bring out the finisher in him? Until then this is Balistik signing out.
MMA ALL THE WAY!
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