Posted by Pookie
I really dont think he chose not to finish Hardy/Koscheck, but rather that he didn't think the risk/reward was worth it.
The whole doesnt want to damage a fighters career arguement doesnt make sense to me. Considering a clean Tko will put you out 6 months at the most, while repetitive damage to a broken eye can actually ruin you for life.
There are fighters who are born to fight. They have fire in their eyes and if one was to show a hint of wilt, they will be licking their chops as they come in for the kill.
GSP was not born to fight. He was born to compete. GSP is a compassionate person. I can tell that by the way he talks, the way he expresses himself and the way he fights. When you are as compassionate as GSP, you will feel sorry for your enemies and or your opponents.
Once a fight starts, both parties are out there to do battle - to hurt and to defend. During this stage of the fighting, adrenaline is high among both parties. It is kill or be killed. However, if one party has been rendered helpless, as a human, you do one of two things. 1. Go in for the kill or 2. pull your punches.
Those who choose to go for the kill do so because that is what they have been trained to do and their adrenaline is still pumping. Those who choose to pull their punches do so because of a number of reasons. The level of adrenaline has dropped tremendously because the foe is rendered helpless. The threat which was once there is no longer there anymore and some will be content to ride out a decision win because in their opinions, they have already won and they do not want to hurt their opponents anymore than they have to...
I don't know about you guys but I find it very difficult to channel all my strength into a punch when my opponent is already helpless. Just because mma is a blood sport, it does not mean all the fighters have to be savages.
GSP is a good competitor and human being. I may bash his reserved style of fighting but I will always praise his character and demeanor. I know in my heart GSP can easily finish many of his opponents and I have a feeling GSP knows it too...