After almost 2 years of absence from the Octagon, Georges “Rush” St. Pierre returned this past Saturday to reclaim the Welterweight belt from Interim Champion Carlos Condit in an edge-of-your-seat 5 round bout. As many predicted, the fight went to decision, naming GSP the winner by unanimous decision.
Condit took quite the assault in the first two rounds with GSP, who worked furiously from in the guard. He delivered shot after shot to Condit’s face, and body, while working the “can-opener” manouver relentlessly in an attempt to pass the steady guard Carlos held for most of rounds 1 and 2. This technique involves the placement of the hands behind the head of the fighter executing the guard and pulling up with the hands and body to create space for the other fighter to execute a half, or full mount.
There were several instances in which St. Pierre was successful in gaining half-mount, and he did some serious damage with his vigorous ground and pound assault of Condit, leaving him gushing like a waterfall from several facial lacerations at the end of round 2. This is where things took a very interesting turn, and left me upright in my seat, digging my nails into the cushions of the couch yelling at the TV like I’m sure many of you were…minus digging your hot pink, manicured claws into somebody’s couch lol.
3o seconds into the third round, The Natural Born Killer lived up to his name, delivering a massive head kick that flattened GSP to the ground. This is where he stayed for almost a full minute. After pulling guard and taking several major elbows from Condit, St. Pierre managed to stagger to the ground, looking like he may very well be in trouble.
It was at this point I was nervous that our man, Canadian born UFC superstar Georges St. Pierre, might have his career on the line. This bout was not one he could afford to lose, and it was apparent that Carlos Condit was not going down without a fight. The final two rounds were fairly consistent with the first two rounds of the fight, beautiful take-downs by St. Pierre, and textbook guard by Condit, however, in the end, he just couldn’t stand up to GSP’s superior fighting skill.
Many fighters would look back on a fight like this, and wonder what they could have done differently to result in a different outcome in the face of such a loss. The truth is, Carlos Condit put up the best possible fight he could have, and really did not make any major errors during the 5 rounds he went up against arguably the best pound for pound fighter this sport has ever seen. This now leaves us wondering, what is next for our Champion?
St. Pierre has owned the Welterweight category for years now, since he took the title of Undisputed Welterweight Champion from Matt Serra in April of 2008, but what is next? Will GSP continue to dominate this weight class after returning from such a long absence? Or will he grant UFC President Dana White’s biggest wish, and give in to the pressure of a match-up with Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva?
Georges has expressed his lack of interest in going up a weight class…but rumours have been brewing that a “catch-weight” super-fight might be in the works for 2013. I for one can hardly contain my excitement for such a fight to take place, but the biggest issue plaguing my mind is who the f*ck to cheer for
About the Author
Written by Amanda Gloster
I'm a small town girl with a double science major, a part time cashier job, a million purses and a dirty little sports addiction! I grew up as one of the guys and it's never changed...on the inside at least. On the outside I'm a complete girly girl, but don't let the french-tipped nails and stilettos fool you, I'm just as comfortable shopping as I am yelling and throwing doritos at the ref on TV for a garbage call like the rest of you ;)