Carlos Condit primed to upset GSP at UFC 154
In one of the most anticipated fight in UFC history, reigning welterweight (170 lbs.) champion Georges St. Pierre (22-2) will put his title on the line vs. upstart and interim champ Carlos Condit (28-5).
He puts his belt on the line tonight in his own backyard of Montreal, Canada. But, “Rush” will need more than home cooking to remain the undisputed champion. Condit is more than up to the task and will be the toughest challenge St. Pierre has ever had to face.
GSP has all the tools necessary to cement his legacy as one of the UFC’s best ever, but so does Condit. On paper, these fighters have extremely similar skillsets, with the pure wrestling edge going to “Rush.” GSP has won his last four fights via unanimous decision, using his wrestling skills to control the action and neutralizing his opponents’ attack.
The striking edge goes to Condit, as his Muay Thai skills are among the best in the business. He hits extremely hard for a welterweight, and his knee and elbow strikes are as dangerous as anyone’s in the division. Condit showcased his striking skills, putting away Korean fighter Dong Hyun Kim (16-2) in the first round of their fight with a flying knee and a flurry of punches. As the taller, larger fighter, Condit will use his reach to keep the wrestling prowess of GSP at bay.
Condit’s ability, talent, and desire to win alone make this the toughest fight of GSP’s career. “Rush” will need to fight a perfect fight to defend his title – under the perfect conditions.
But the real edge is not what each fighter brings into this main event, it’s the fact that GSP has not fought in over 18 months. Tonight’s fight is St. Pierre’s first after having his knee surgically repaired – no warm-up fight, and no chance to polish any cage rust. Condit is far too talented and hungry to be St. Pierre’s first test back after his injury and long layoff. If he makes one mistake, he will lose. It’s just that simple.
Imagine Justin Verlander shreds his shoulder and misses an entire MLB season. He rehabs and is ready make his return. Only his first trip back to the bump is in the seventh game of the World Series! Even the superior talent and experience of one of MLB’s greatest pitchers might not be enough to overcome those insurmountable odds. That scenario is exactly what we have here. This fight is St. Pierre’s seventh game.
Sure GSP can win this – he’s one of the greatest, but against an opponent the likes of Condit coupled with the long layoff, and you’re asking too much. Condit (+250) wins in a unanimous decision.
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