I am a big fan of MMA even though my preferred martial arts are Kickboxing and Boxing, I find the ilk of St Pierre boring.
I respect him as an athelete and for what he's done for the popularity of the sport, but he's never been the most exciting fighter. You know what you're gonna get with St-Pierre. It's gonna go the distance, it's gonna go to a decision, St-Pierre is gonna win it on takedowns/GnP.
It was a fair win for St-Pierre on Saturday night though. Diaz was just flat and slow. Almost as though he wasn't interested. I wonder if he's been hit a few too many times, or just doesn't have the fire in his belly anymore. He wasn't the fighter we've seen in the past.
The co-main event was an incredible fight though, Condit vs. Hendricks. Easily the best fight of the year so far. Completely stole the show from the main event. Great display of MMA from two fantastic fighters in their prime and a great show of sportsmanship too. Condit is always an exciting fighter to watch, great precision, speed, power and finesse with his Muay Tai. Hendricks, one of the best wrestlers out there, hits like a sledgehammer. Condit must have a chin of iron because he soaked up some bombs from Hendricks. Hendricks even damaged his hand.
I'm not sure if I agree with the decision though. I think Condit did more impressive work than Hendricks. I don't think a takedown alone should score. It means that any reasonably competent wrestler can score easy points, for doing nothing more than changing the position of the fight. If it was a takedown and
landing in a good offensive position and
they did some more actual work once on the ground, sure, it should be a point. But a takedown alone? It's not a wrestling match. Some fighters excel on the ground. They shouldn't lose out to points just for being moved to the ground a few times. Oh well. Thems the rules I guess.