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UFC: There's No Way Georges St. Pierre Loses To Josh Koscheck...In Anything

Scott Harris@ScottHarrisMMAMMA Lead WriterOctober 8, 2010

LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  Georges St. Pierre celebrates his victory against Thiago Alves during their welterweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. St. Pierre defeated Alves by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Have you ever heard the phrase "bringing a knife to a gun fight?"  Because if you Google that phrase, now and forever, you'll get a picture of Josh Koscheck in his "Ultimate Fighter season 12" jersey.

Or maybe, come December, a picture of Koscheck twitching on the canvas in Montreal.

It probably doesn't take much to convince most MMA fans that UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre--arguably the greatest practitioner of their sport--has a clear advantage over an opponent he's already beaten once before.  But for those who needed it, The Ultimate Fighter is delivering, and then some.

If you haven't been watching, Team GSP is up three fights to nil.  But that doesn't tell the half of it.  The season was billed as a clear white hat vs. black hat:  goody two-shoes fightbot St. Pierre versus gleeful antagonist Koscheck. But one guy isn't living up to his billing. Guess which one.

It's not that Kos doesn't try, bless his heart.  But he's got two things working against him.  First, he's really not that bad of a guy; his bad-boy persona seems overblown and largely self-perpetuated.  Second, he's a little over his head in the mental acuity department.

To wit:  St. Pierre blatantly hoodwinked Koscheck into handing over the consensus best fighter in the cast (Michael Johnson).  GSP has since proceeded to pick three winning fights for himself. St. Pierre and his coaches (from the world-renowned Greg Jackson camp) are working closely with their charges, running visualization exercises and even full fight rehearsals.  He's bringing in champion wrestlers and muay thai fighters.  Heck, he even got Mike Tyson to give his guys a pep talk. 

Team Koscheck, meanwhile, is languishing in cliche town.  That's the place where you give it 110 percent every time.  Because when you step inside that Octagon, and they close that cage door, you've gotta fight your fight.  You've gotta do what it takes to get that W.  Koscheck, see, he's a competitive guy. He hates to lose.  And this is the biggest fight of your life.  Did he already mention that you have to give 110 percent?  Well, you really need to give 110 percent.

The challenger's attempts to control the psychological landscape of the rivalry, both on and off the show, have also fallen miserably short.  Koscheck requests that the fight happen anywhere except Montreal.  Guess where it's happening.  Koscheck pulled a Floyd Mayweather and demanded Olympic-style drug testing before the fight (previous opponents have accused St. Pierre, to this point baselessly, of doping).  The champ simply agreed. On the show, Koscheck tried to prank St. Pierre by parking his cars too close to GSP's--whoa, Nellie!  St. Pierre slid in through the window and drove away.  Koscheck wore GSP-style Speedos to practice one morning, asking--nearly pleading--with St. Pierre, "I'm in your head every day, aren't I?"  GSP said "yep" and smirked.  Koscheck had nothin.

Maybe it's the accent, maybe it's the embarrassing losses he suffered early in his career, maybe it's the widely publicized visits to the sports psychologist, maybe it's the nice-guy attitude, or maybe it's just those skin-tight ring trunks.  But for some reason, challenger after challenger seems to home in on St. Pierre's perceived lack of intelligence, or intestinal fortitude.

They shouldn't.

He's a smart guy, with a smart camp.  He is talented, he is clever, he is thoughtful, he is focused, and he is incredibly determined.  And he has bested Koscheck at every turn.

Knife to a gun fight.

At this point, there's no reason to think it won't be the same in the cage when they meet Dec. 12 in Montreal at UFC 124.  Koscheck has great wrestling.  St. Pierre's is better.  Koscheck has some power in his hands (just ask Yoshiyuki Yoshida), but it won't be enough.  Koscheck is a good fighter, but when it comes to GSP, it's...well, you know.  And if anyone wants to bet on Kos this December, I know a car, a home equity line of credit, and a shirt on my back that all want to talk with you.

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