Gogh wrote:are people arguing gsp post-serra ko is a finisher or even remotely attempts to finish when an opportunity presents itself?
props to hardy for being tough, but gsp couldnt finish a completely locked in armbar. and if condit had koscheck's eye looking like it did, then he wouldve thrown a lot of nasty combos with very bad intentions. as dendra correctly pointed out, gsp did not, he just jabbed his way to the finish line
Of all the GSP fights I have seen, the Hardy fight is the one I will agree with many people, GSP fan or not, was pretty bad. Not because of lack of skill etc... but because GSP was clearly outclassing Hardy in every aspect, and prob could have lit him up on the feet. As for the sub attempt where he almost ripped Hardy's arm off, I think many people are not giving Hardy the credit he deserves for escaping that arm bar with sheer determination and pain tolerance. If it had not been GSP he escaped from, all the accolades would be towards Hardy getting out of it, but because it's GSP his haters use that specific moment to point out that he can't even submit people, when in fact he has 6 sub victories.
I am not arguing that GSP fights safe (or some could say smart), I am merely pointing out that GSP was never a power puncher, that he is far from a LnP fighter as Dendra consistently refers to him as, that he does actually throw strikes with bad intentions, he just doesn't have the power to seriously hurt the most durable guys.
Listening to Dendra rant about GSP it's always "GSP LnP and humps guys for 5 rounds", "GSP is a robot", "GSP runs from a fight rather than engage" etc... etc.... etc.... Proof is in the stats I provided. It's this blind bias that makes many people on this forum not put much stock into anything he has to say when it comes to the topic of GSP. I don't know if he is trolling to get a rise out of people, or if he is just that blind.
I bet if Aldo was as popular in NA as GSP is, was American or Canadian instead of Brazilian, Dendra and his type would be all over Aldo saying he can't finish fights, only knows how to throw leg kicks but doesn't throw combo's, etc... but because he isn't as well known, isn't as popular, he gets a pass on the fact that he has almost as many 5 round decisions as GSP does in the last 5 or 6 fights.
The truth is, that there is a tendency in certain % of population to dislike success. You can see this in sports, music artists, actors, etc... For example, everyone knows one or several people who love some bands or artists when they are flying under the radar a bit, but then as soon as they become successful and everybody is listening to them, now they're sellouts or they suck. The same applies to the UFC, as they became more popular, those same types of people now bash the UFC, bash Dana etc... and you even see it now in forums that Bellator as it becomes a bit more popular people turning on Rebney and Bellator. To me, Dendra is the epitome of that personality type.