HOUSTON, November, 15, 2012 — This Saturday on Pay Per View, UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit marks the return of one of MMA’s most accomplished fighters, George St. Pierre. GSP has been absent for eighteen months from the octagon, recovering from surgery due to a torn knee ligament.
So the question asked by many: Does GSP still have what it takes after time away from the octagon and is he one hundred percent after the injury? As a former professional athlete and fighter, I can tell you that in regards to the latter, no.
No athlete is one hundred percent ever again after receiving such injuries. The body can never be one hundred percent again, at least in regards to combat and the punishment the injured body part receives.
But that doesn’t mean he won’t be fighting like he is one hundred percent.
GSP hasn’t lost a match in over five years, he’s not a good fighter…he’s a great fighter. Even if he fought subpar, a subpar GSP can still take the average UFC fighter including perhaps one of today’s best; Carlos Condit.
Condit has improved greatly over the last year and although sometimes controversial with his tactics, he gets the job done. But he has never faced the likes of GSP, because there is no one like GSP. Condit is a very effective striker, but GSP is no slouch in that category and the gangling body structure of Condit leaves him open to some major takedowns.
Condit is normally very effective as a striker on the ground, but GSP not only takes opponents down, his technique is then to smother and stifle his opponent leaving little breathing room for effective strikes.
If Condit wants a victory he will have to hurt GSP early, throw him off his game, and keep away from the ground.
But this isn’t going to happen.
Look for a GSP that appears to be as good as he was before the injury; he will have no problem taking Condit down, keeping him on the mat for most of the rounds, controlling the fight, and wearing Condit down. Not to mention the fact that GSP returns to the octagon in his home town of Montreal, this has to put more focus in his mindset and is more than likely a distraction for Condit mentally. My prediction, GSP wins the unified title via a decision.
Regardless of the outcome, this Saturday is a historic event! This is one of those special moments that sports are all about. UFC 154 marks the return of the beloved George St. Pierre in a rare type of unification title match against the accomplished interim champion, Carlos Condit.
Carter Lee is the author of When Jonathan Cried For Me, a professional speaker, executive consultant to verawear.com, host of Carter Lee Presents the Fever. For more information on his book, appearances, or to schedule an appearance; visit Innovative Social Dynamics.
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