It hasn’t been simply UFC President Dana White who has missed UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. The entire MMA community wasn’t the same without him and there’s clear anticipation about how he’ll look when he enters the cage on Saturday night.
The sobering truth is GSP missed a year of his prime dealing with a serious knee injury. While he’s an incredible athlete with top medical care, there’s just no telling ahead of time whether he’ll be the same GSP who competed roughly 18 months ago.
Can the Canadian welterweight king resume his perch atop the MMA world? Will the Team Takedown representative in Johny Hendricks make good on the promise of his career by getting past the ultra-talented Martin Kampmann?
I answer these questions and many others with my predictions for Saturday night’s event.
What: UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit
Where: The Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
When: Saturday, the four-fight Facebook card starts at 6:20 p.m. ET, the four-fight FX card starts at 8 p.m. and the five-fight main card starts on pay-per-view at 10 p.m.
The truth is we really don’t know what to expect from GSP after surgery, but I’m going to try. My hunch is that even a slightly diminished GSP is still better than a ready Condit. I’m also going to assume GSP wouldn’t take this fight if he wasn’t reasonably confident in his own abilities.
What I don’t know is if any of those assumptions are true. They may well be false and Condit may end up shocking the world. It’s all a gamble really. Again, though, the key to me is that even if we grant GSP is not now what he once was, that’s still probably enough to get the takedown when needed, control position and either do enough damage or attempt enough submissions/execute positional advancement to at least take a decision. We’ll see.
Pick: St. Pierre
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