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05-02-2011, 12:48 PM
Join Date: Aug 2007
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I will always put more blame on the better fighter.
I hated Liddell and thought he was greatly overrated but at least you know his fights wouldn't go the distance. It didn't matter who challenged him, he was the Champ and he wanted to make a statement in ever fight.
I didn't think Shields was ready for a title bout and he proved it saturday. There is so much the guy can do. I thought it was stupid he didn't go for takedowns aggressively but every time he did "try", GSP stuffed them.
Gsp got his eye poked, so maybe that was the main factor. But I don't think it is considering he pretty much fought like he always does.
As for the posters bringing up Silva. Yea, he had his share of boring fights, but it wasn't due to his fighting style. The man seemed bored and simply have a let down. GSP on the other hand, is boring because of his style. He isn't as aggressive as he used to be at the beginning of his career and has become an overly technical fighter.
I'm not blaming GSP for anything. He is the Champ and in the end, it's only about winning.
Well reason in this case especially I blame Shields is that he blew a very big opportunity. Fighting with one eye working, that affects your timing.
He could have potentially beaten GSP if he had been more aggressive and he had plenty of time to pull it off given how early it happened. I think in this specific case especially Shields should take at least half the blame because if anything he was in an advantageous position, one which could not only have landed him the belt, but could have also allowed him to be far more aggressive even in failing to do so.
GSP didn't have to be as cautious as he was and I know it's no excuse, he's done it in the past even without the eye problem, but with the eye problem it's still no excuse but it's at least a bit more understandable. He wanted to keep the fight as fair from his side of the table as possible. Had he not been more careful maybe Shields would have been able to take him down, though I doubt it anyways because of how ineffective Shields was in general.
In the fights like the Hardy fight where we all know GSP was at a huge advantage and didn't ground and pound but chose to focus entirely on submitting Hardy which clearly wasn't working, I'd agree the fight being boring was GSP's fault.
In Koscheck two, that situation as well with the constant jabbing, though technically speaking GSP was sound, it made for a boring fight and I again blame GSP for this one. For the Shields fight I blame Shields.
I guess to me it depends on whose in the advantageous position and not capitalizing.
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