Georges St. Pierre Named One of the Most Overhyped Athletes of 2011

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FastKnockout
12/23/11 10:01:29PM
Georges St. Pierre may be one of the top draws in the UFC, but he has not been immune from criticism as of late for his risk-averse style while Anderson Silva and Jon Jones continue to finish opponents with flash. Now, sidelined for the rest of 2011 and much (if not all) of 2012, it appears that St. Pierre's time being thought of as one of the two most elite fighters in the sport may be over.

St. Pierre's 2011 campaign and inability to get a stoppage win since early 2008 has him on Perry Lefko's list of the most overhyped athletes of 2011 at Sportsnet.ca:

Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White said in December 2011 that St-Pierre is still the most popular athlete in Canada in terms of his international recognition -- we're not so sure about that -- but the welterweight champion is sidelined indefinitely with damaged knee ligaments. And even before his injury, St-Pierre was taking verbal shots from the public, the media and fighters for his inability to put away opponents.

He grabbed the international spotlight in April for headlining the first UFC card in Toronto, producing GSP mania. A record UFC crowd of more than 55,000 packed the Rogers Centre to finally see the conquering Canadian hero and he went the full five rounds with Jake Shields in what was more of a clinic on how not to lose a fight than actually win it.

Yes, GSP had problems seeing out of one eye because of a shot in the fight, but we've seen fighters with far bigger issues turn it up a notch. It was boring at best and continued a pattern of St-Pierre going the full distance without delivering the knockout blow or submission. Heck, the fight before it on the card was way more entertaining than the main event.

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TeamDEY
12/23/11 10:54:34PM
figures
Twenty20Dollars
12/23/11 11:12:46PM
Agreed

Georges Safe Pierre
Geoffo
12/23/11 11:36:49PM
"GSP had problems seeing out of one eye because of a shot in the fight, but we've seen fighters with far bigger issues turn it up a notch"
Yeah cause these fighters aren't fighting Jake Shields or Josh Koschecks of the division.

Interesting article, I agree with some of it. But GSP overhyped... no.
jae_1833
12/23/11 11:41:17PM
The dude is a hater....most dominant WW fighter in the world is over hyped.....that comment is blatantly over opinionated by a person who doesn't have a clue what it takes to even be allowed to step in the cage with b level opponents much less one of GSP's level. Dude is probably a fat lazy balding journalist spouting ignorance to cover up for the size of his penis.
landstander
12/23/11 11:58:14PM
If they want the sport to be more spectator friendly they should change the rules. ALL sports do it(except the ones that don't want to entertain their fans)! I have not seen a GSP fight that I thought was boring.

Slightly off topic, could someone explain to me why people think Clay Guida is an exciting fighter? His style revolves around pushing people up against the cage and doing nothing to finish or taking them down and doing nothing to finish. Yet people cream their pants for his fights. The fight he loses are pretty exciting, no offence intended to clay, I just don't understand what fans want.
kingsmasher
12/24/11 12:31:03AM

Posted by landstander

If they want the sport to be more spectator friendly they should change the rules. ALL sports do it(except the ones that don't want to entertain their fans)! I have not seen a GSP fight that I thought was boring.

Slightly off topic, could someone explain to me why people think Clay Guida is an exciting fighter? His style revolves around pushing people up against the cage and doing nothing to finish or taking them down and doing nothing to finish. Yet people cream their pants for his fights. The fight he loses are pretty exciting, no offence intended to clay, I just don't understand what fans want.




Guida had a war with Diego Sanchez close to fight of year...thats about it...
40ouncetpkid
12/24/11 12:41:29AM
Its the truth though. Not talent wise but when your the top draw with all that talent and skill, and fight so dull Its pretty ridiculous.
Twenty20Dollars
12/24/11 1:21:00AM
GSP even said it himself that he fights safe.
Budgellism
12/24/11 1:24:05AM
He may fight a little safe but you can't question his athleticism.
Lesnar1
12/24/11 1:28:38AM
When was the last time Manny Pacquiao finished an opponent, but you never hear media bring that up, they proclaim him as the best p4p fighter in boxing when in his last fight he should have lost by a mile, GSP may fight safe but he gets the results needed, until the next Matt Serra to come along can dethrone GSP not much can be done. Although I think he needs to be more ruthless and try to finish his opponents off in his fights.
bjj1605
12/24/11 1:46:36AM

Posted by landstander

If they want the sport to be more spectator friendly they should change the rules. ALL sports do it(except the ones that don't want to entertain their fans)! I have not seen a GSP fight that I thought was boring.

Slightly off topic, could someone explain to me why people think Clay Guida is an exciting fighter? His style revolves around pushing people up against the cage and doing nothing to finish or taking them down and doing nothing to finish. Yet people cream their pants for his fights. The fight he loses are pretty exciting, no offence intended to clay, I just don't understand what fans want.



Totally agree about guida.

How can people complain about Fitch, GSP, ect. and like Guida?

The only difference as far as I can see is that he's got longer hair.

The sanchez fight was exciting. So was his fight with Florian. He's only exciting when he's getting his ass kicked.
GSPCanada
12/24/11 3:36:18AM
the only fight that bored me was the shields fight and some of the hardy fight, i thought highes III fitch and serra were all entertaining and the koscheck fight was pretty decent too, the ufc just hasn't put a quality opponent out infront of him except for koscheck in the last 2 years, think about it, hardy and shields had no business in there with him and he has only fought 3 time sin the last 2 years
pmoney
12/24/11 7:35:58AM
Perhaps he is overhyped. Or maybe it's the contenders he faces that are overhyped. Those UFC Primetime episodes they do every time GSP fights are ridiculous. For me though, no amount of countdown shows or other hype will be sufficient for me to get excited for GSP.

I don't think I know a single person who is a GSP fan. I respect him for being the champion, and what he has done in the sport. He just plain bores me though. Then I watch Condit KO Hardy (and Lytle subbing him) and I just get pissed all over again.

He gets on his bike, jabs, and lay and prays better than anyone in the sport though.
DJBlankenship
12/24/11 8:26:51AM

Posted by landstander

If they want the sport to be more spectator friendly they should change the rules. ALL sports do it(except the ones that don't want to entertain their fans)! I have not seen a GSP fight that I thought was boring.

Slightly off topic, could someone explain to me why people think Clay Guida is an exciting fighter? His style revolves around pushing people up against the cage and doing nothing to finish or taking them down and doing nothing to finish. Yet people cream their pants for his fights. The fight he loses are pretty exciting, no offence intended to clay, I just don't understand what fans want.



most people tend to "go with the crowd" If you have 4 people liking fighter A and 1 who really likes fighter B. The 1 will usually say he like fighter A instead just so he's not an outcoast. Make sense???

I myself like any fighter that goes out there and fights like it's going to be their last one. The Diaz brothers, Edgar, Sonnen ect. I'm not saying I would like to hang out with them( although that would be cool), but guys like this know what they want to do, and try to do it. Win or lose, it's left in the cage.
JoeWarren33
12/24/11 9:24:16AM
Couldn't agree more!
Could throw a few other names as far as "safe" goes.
warglory
12/24/11 9:53:55AM
The man ruins his opponents, and brings home the bacon. How is anything about GSP overhyped?

Don't like his style? Fine, but prove to me that the man doesn't back up his tenure as a star attraction.
DoTheMMAth
12/24/11 10:05:04AM

Posted by landstander

Slightly off topic, could someone explain to me why people think Clay Guida is an exciting fighter? His style revolves around pushing people up against the cage and doing nothing to finish or taking them down and doing nothing to finish. Yet people cream their pants for his fights. The fight he loses are pretty exciting, no offence intended to clay, I just don't understand what fans want.



I agree 100% lol. To me the most action you see in a Guida fight is his walk to the cage. Other than that he generally hugs lesser opponents to death.
kopower
12/24/11 10:10:11AM
Can't deny how athletic and explosive GSP is. He does fight smart. Call that safe if you will. I can't knock him for having a gameplan and sticking to it. I have, however, become bored with his fights. They're just not exciting to me.
Twenty20Dollars
12/24/11 11:02:26AM
you have to add the UD to his intials. GSPUD.

But all this is mostly opinion, b/c who gets to say on who is "named" it.
40ouncetpkid
12/24/11 11:36:33AM

Posted by warglory

The man ruins his opponents, and brings home the bacon. How is anything about GSP overhyped?

Don't like his style? Fine, but prove to me that the man doesn't back up his tenure as a star attraction.



I wouldnt say he ruins them and definitely doesnt back up his ppv numbers with excitement. Too me Its a tragedy millions of people will pay to watch that shit, but only a few hundred thousand would watch shogun vs Henderson which was the greatest fight ever...
sbulldavid
12/24/11 11:53:10AM

Posted by 40ouncetpkid


Posted by warglory

The man ruins his opponents, and brings home the bacon. How is anything about GSP overhyped?

Don't like his style? Fine, but prove to me that the man doesn't back up his tenure as a star attraction.



I wouldnt say he ruins them and definitely doesnt back up his ppv numbers with excitement. Too me Its a tragedy millions of people will pay to watch that shit, but only a few hundred thousand would watch shogun vs Henderson which was the greatest fight ever...

Manak
12/24/11 12:58:53PM
I see what he is saying, how can one guy be so skilled & athletic but not finish people?? his last finish was in 2009 and even though he has had 13 finishes vs 8 dec; we will in a society that i what have you done for me lately. I am a gsp fan but i wont buy one his ppv or go to the bar unless the rest of the card is good. he no longer fights to win or take any chances at all. makes sense when he gets all this attention and hype & then lays an egg come fight time



side note: and as far as the manny pacquiao comment, he will go after his opponent and make it a fight, plus i think he won against marquez, marquez fights backing up and manny landed more punches
airkerma
12/24/11 1:31:00PM
I don't really know why Guida is being brought into this, but just as a point, if you think Guida is boring you must hate fights being finished. He lost to Bendo (he probably wasn't the one laying on his opponnent), he did lay and pray with Pettis, he subbed Gomi and during the fight dropped him with some head kicks, he BROKE Dos Anjos' jaw, and he arm triangled Gugerty. I can see how the Pettis fight would leave a bad taste in people's mouths, but to claim he's a boring fighter is rather ignorant. A man who does finish fights can hardly be considered a "boring" fighter. Hell, Chael Sonnen rarely finishes fights but people are all about him. This complete lack of consistency is a bit baffling, but then again MMA fans are notoriously fickle.
FlashyG
12/24/11 1:50:52PM
MMA fans, (myself included) have a weird way of tearing down any superstars that get too popular.

Fedor, GSP, Anderson Silva, BJ Penn, Chuck Liddell have all had it happen and now Jon Jones is going through it.

Its like a guy is a god until he hits a critical mass point in popularity. Then we all turn on them, either for not meeting our lofty expectations we've set for them in the cage or outside it.

If you want fans to like you it seems the key is to never be champion, it will be interesting to see how long it is before we all hate Dos Santos.



fullfighting
12/24/11 2:12:09PM
The long 5 round fights have a little bit to do with fighters being more conservative too. If you blow your load in the 1st 2 rounds of a 5 round fight, no matter how good you are you"re gonna be in trouble. Ex. Hendo vs Shogun: Hendo went for it and almost got Shogun outta there (which I love) and was holding on for dear life late. How a fighter chooses to fight is his call imo. On the other hand, when GSP opens up and goes for broke its a thing of beauty. And there is nothing more satisfying than when a fighter finishes fights.
Franklinfan47
12/24/11 3:01:50PM
I dont get how people associate "safe" with being "overhyped". Sure Georges likes to play it safe but he's still one of the most dominant mma champs the world has ever seen.
bjj1605
12/24/11 4:38:58PM
The only guy I wanna see GSP fight at this point is Nick Diaz.

Diaz will work him standing and make him work on the ground. GSP might be able to ride a decision from the top, but Diaz won't let it be easy. He'll be going for subs and strikes from the bottom the whole time.
40ouncetpkid
12/25/11 9:00:14AM

Posted by Franklinfan47

I dont get how people associate "safe" with being "overhyped". Sure Georges likes to play it safe but he's still one of the most dominant mma champs the world has ever seen.



I think your confusing overrated and overhyped. Dude gets rap songs in his UFC PPV commercials acting like itll be a war, and Its more like some slow ass elton john piano song more like what it should be...
warglory
12/26/11 8:19:17PM

Posted by 40ouncetpkid


Posted by warglory

The man ruins his opponents, and brings home the bacon. How is anything about GSP overhyped?

Don't like his style? Fine, but prove to me that the man doesn't back up his tenure as a star attraction.



I wouldnt say he ruins them and definitely doesnt back up his ppv numbers with excitement. Too me Its a tragedy millions of people will pay to watch that shit, but only a few hundred thousand would watch shogun vs Henderson which was the greatest fight ever...



When was the last time anyone came close to beating GSP? Shields, who merely made it competitive? And contrary to your opinion, the PPV numbers are high, so clearly someone wants to watch the man.
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