UFC 124 Results: Georges St-Pierre Dominates Again
We knew going in that GSP was the better fighter. We knew that he was more skilled than the challenger, Josh Koscheck, in basically every single way. We knew all that but we still thought that something about this fight could be different.
Maybe it was all of Koscheck's talking. Maybe it was just hope that someone in the welterweight division could give him a run for his money. Maybe...
At UFC 124, Georges St-Pierre continued to show why he is among the very best pound-for-pound fighters in the entire world today. After winning his eighth straight fight, including five consecutive welterweight title defenses, GSP left no doubt that he is, arguably, the very best in the world at what he does.
It started with a takedown early in the first round and then a jab to the right eye a short time after that in which GSP set the tone for the entire fight. He put on a striking clinic in this fight, landing jab after jab after jab, almost all to the right eye of Koscheck.
He used his legs effectively, too. He was landing hard kicks to the legs and body of Koscheck for five rounds. Before long Koscheck was very apprehensive because he was getting put through the wringer and he had no answer at all.
There are some people out there that want to nitpick and say that "GSP can't be the best in the world because he can't put people away." They say that he is unable to "beat" a guy. He can win fights, but he can't put people away.
To those people I would tell them to watch this fight. He was constantly attacking the challenger in every single way. He didn't get ahead in the fight and then take it easy. He kept coming at Koscheck for all 25 minutes.
It was a dominant beatdown of a man and that's all there is to it. Whether you like GSP or not, you cannot deny how great he is. He is so methodical, so calculated, and so fast that very few fighters anywhere can compete with him.
There was speculation after the fight was over, from the announcers to reporters in the press room, about where GSP goes from here. He would seem likely to headline the mega-show in Toronto at the end of April. People are clamoring for the dream GSP-Anderson Silva fight. If GSP fights in April, that fight would not happen until at least the end of 2011 because Silva defends the middleweight title in February against Vitor Belfort.
Wherever GSP goes from here, we don't know. Jake Shields, according to Dana White, is the No. 1 contender and will get the next shot. As far as this fight goes, GSP made sure to close out 2010 with one of his best, most dominating performances. Love him or hate him, you can't deny the greatness of Georges St-Pierre.