Georges St-Pierre is the great neutralizer of MMA. He can do anything he wants to do in the Octagon, but more importantly, he can make other fighters not do things.
GSP's supreme takedown skills kept Thiago Alves at bay with his standup at UFC 100, and St-Pierre successfully defended his welterweight championship at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Two judges scored the fight, 50-45, and the third judge scored it 50-44 as St-Pierre won the unanimous decision.
GSP (19-2) controlled the first round, scoring three takedowns of Alves (22-5). He did the same in the second round, only this time, GSP was more aggressive with the ground and pound. He landed punches and elbows that opened up Alves' nose and right eye.
In the third round, St-Pierre once again dominated Alves. For good measure, he landed a right hand that dropped Alves to the floor with about 45 seconds left.
In the fourth round, Alves managed to get GSP on his back for about 1 minute and 15 seconds and landed a few punches. But once back on his feet, GSP caught an Alves leg kick, punched him in the face and took him down again.
In the fifth round, well, by now you know the deal. GSP took down Alves. Then, GSP took down Alves.
All that, and GSP claims he injured his groin in the third round.
It's GSP's world, people. The rest of us just live in it, and that's only because he's a nice guy.
How much longer until we get to see GSP vs. Anderson Silva?
Joe Rogan asked the question in the post-fight interview. "When I fight, I do it for a challenge," GSP said. What better challenge than the top two pound-for-pound fighters in the world?
The scene inside Radio City: They're in love with GSP here in NYC. Not like in Montreal, of course. The crowd sat patiently, almost mesmerized, as they watched GSP systematically pick apart Alves.