“The UFC’s 20th anniversary card, is here on Saturday night, and one of the greatest Champions in the history of the sport tries to win his 11th straight title fight in the night’s main event. The welterweight division is featured heavily on the night’s undercard as well, and a smattering of interesting fights over a number of other divisions round, things out. Here’s how I see things going on Saturday:”
!Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks (UFC Welterweight Championship)!
“Georges St-Pierre is simply one of the best athletes in MMA. He strives to be the fastest, strongest, most agile competitor in the cage every time he steps in there, and for five years he’s been just about perfect.”
’He’s been stopped before, of course. Matt Serra caught him off guard in his first attempt to defend the Welterweight Title, and because of that loss he’s had a single minded focus on not losing. That’s meant breaking down his opponents and taking them where they were least comfortable, and though that strategy has turned some fans off over the years, it’s been extremely effective at the same time.’
‘The fighters he’s done the most damage to in that time are fighters who could push him in more than one area of the game, the best example of which is Carlos Condit. However, it was also in that Condit fight that he nearly got stopped again, taking a head kick in the third round and only surviving with his superior grappling skills getting him out of trouble.’
‘That might be an issue if he gets cracked by Johny Hendricks. The top contender at 170 lbs. has that vicious left hook that he’s shown a number of times, but with a very strong wrestling background, he’s going to be one of the toughest opponents to take down that St-Pierre’s yet had to face.’
’He’s got more weapons than the left hand, though that’s been the most devastating strike to date for him. However, while that knockout power is always present, it’s not something he’s been able to pull off against everyone.’
‘Hendricks has been less effective against a few grapplers, namely Josh Koscheck, Mike Pierce, and Rick Story. Additionally, while he did beat Carlos Condit, it was “The Natural Born Killer” much more active in that fight and nearly taking the decision himself.’