I at several points during the last week or so almost started this thread, combat is just maybe slower of late.
I think he does owe it to Hendricks to come back for a rematch. He was audibly acting at the end of the fight as though a loss was a foregone conclusion, then ‘yes, I am the winner’, sort of thing after the judges got back from lunch and opened their eyes to write scores.
Still, if he needs time off, I agree with above possible justifications, I just think it was a robbery this past decision. Not like Serra doing something unpredictable, a total smashing.
As all time greatest, he is near the top, but Jon Jones maybe should be the current hill topper, or maybe Anderson Silva will figure out a plan for a second Weidman attempt. Wait, Weidman himself might prove in the next few years he is it. Cain Velasquez is also still in his early career and has cardio endurance that is over and above most fighters.[/quote]
Robbery or not, GSP is as much at the mercy of the judges as anybody else and is hardly the first fighter or even champion to be on the good end of a questionable decision. You can’t blame him for “winning” that fight and as such doesn’t owe Hendricks anything. They both fought to their best ability and GSP wound up with his hand raised, through no error of his own.
I’m not saying that I think that GSP won that fight, I had Hendricks winning when I watched it (though apparently most of the scoring sites had GSP winning on points). What I am saying is that GSP (and all MMA fighters) is responsible for fighting/performing at his best, obeying the rules of the UFC while in the Octagon, and fulfilling his media and contractual obligations. He is not in any way responsible for the judges’ behavior or the faults in the judging system. To say that he somehow owes Hendricks a rematch because the judges messed up doesn’t make any sense IMO.[/quote]
i think most MMA fighters and sites (Fightmetric as well) had GSP losing…
regardless, i can’t blame GSP for a bad judging decision, although he clearly acted like he had been beaten. an honorable man can admit defeat… but anyway…
i genuinely believe that GSP and Anderson are gonna fight in a year. when they both held belts, it never made sense for them to fight… but now that neither does, and GSP has time to gain weight, it kind of lines up.