"Unstoppable takedowns and world class wrestling." Yikes!
How many sports writers and fans out there were singing this song not so long ago just before the Lesnar - Overeem fight. Can I see a show of hands please?
C'mon now - you know who you are. I have to remind you that the same kinds of things being said about GSP's wrestling and takedowns was pretty close to the kind of comments we were hearing about Brock Lesnar
back in the day. The fan hysteria was simply off the charts!
Time and again fans and sportswriters fall into the trap that I refer to as "the principle of recency" whereby a fan has viewed a recent fight in which a fighter looked like dynamite, which compels the star struck viewer to bestow almost supernatural powers upon that fighter, based upon their most recent and lasting impression.
Okay, so the fight with Josh Koscheck
made GSP look like Sugar Ray Leonard to a lot of fans out there.
I get that. I also agree with most fans and sportswriters that GSP has a decisive advantage on the ground. But that's about as far as I am willing to go along with the crowd.
First of all, I don't agree with the mainstream claims that it's only a close fight to call due to GSP's injury. I think that a 100% healthy GSP would have a hard time against Condit. In my view, the injury factor and the attractive betting odds only make Condit an even more appealing pick.
I see striking as one of GSP's biggest weaknesses - despite his show against Josh Koshcheck. I expect that Condit's stand-up will be the deciding factor in the fight.
Finally, I don't expect Condit to cooperate with GSP's plan to take this fight to the ground, any more than I expected Alistair Overeem
to accommodate Brock Lesnar by engaging in a wrestling match.
I know...I know..."Unstoppable takedowns and world class wrestling."
But you know, it's a funny thing how those things have a tendency to become irrelevant after a few well placed kicks and punches to the snot locker.