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UFC 124 Aftermath: As Satisfying As It Gets

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Georges St. Pierre so totally outclassed Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 on Saturday night that it’s tempting to call his performance one of scariest five-round beatdowns of all time. Unfortunately, St. Pierre is too damn nice to ever be described as scary. In fact, one of the things that’s so great about GSP is that his very being invalidates all of the run-of-the-mill MMA clichés that so often lead us to refer to fighters as “savages” or “warriors” or some other such made-up bullshit. St. Pierre is a sportsman; a dude who has absolutely no qualms about beating your ass for as long as his job description requires, then sharing an awkwardly lengthy embrace with you inside the cage before getting on the mic and apologizing to the fans for not beating your ass even worse. Frankly, it’s impossible not to like the guy for it.

There is also something uniquely pleasing about seeing karma suddenly catch up with a high school bully in the form of a 25-minute face-pounding. That’s really what made UFC 124 so enjoyable to watch. By the mid-point of the first round in their main event fight, St. Pierre had already beaten Koscheck so badly that he’d transformed the normally ubercocky wrestler into a dude with Tourette syndrome. Lips quivering, jaw working up and down, hands constantly playing with the hem of his trunks as if compelled by some uncontrollable nervous tic, Koscheck knew immediately that whatever game plan he’d spent weeks cooking up back home at AKA, it was dogshit. Once he realized that St. Pierre had his number, there was nothing he could do but ride it out to the painful end. It was, in a word, glorious.  

St. Pierre’s jab – a meme the UFC broadcast team grabbed hold of, jumped on top of and absolutely humped into a living death – was admittedly impressive. Last night he exchanged the slow-and-steady grappling attack we’d seen from him in his last half-dozen outings for a fluid striking game that kept Koscheck at range and made the challenger’s looping overhand right look silly and ineffectual by comparison.

At times it sounded like Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan were just pulling adjectives out of a top hat to try to describe what was going on inside the cage. It was that impressive. The champion’s speed and straight punches flat beat Koscheck to the target. In this case the target was an area above his right eye, which quickly ballooned up like a cartoonish purple toe. Knowing that Koscheck couldn’t beat St. Pierre on his best day, once the dude only had one eyeball left it was sort of understandable that he spent the rest of the contest looking gun-shy and hesitant. We would look that way too if we had to fight Georges St. Pierre wearing half a blindfold. 

It was the sort of performance from GSP that left little doubt as to the identity of the current best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.  It also made further welterweight competition seem irrelevant for the guy — if St. Pierre can do this to Koscheck, imagine what he’d do to Jake Shields – and a future move to middleweight appear all but ensured. Unfortunately, there’s a bit of a logjam at the top of the 185-pound division at the moment, with Anderson Silva set to take on Vitor Belfort, while Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will allegedly coach “TUF” and then fight, assumedly with No. 1-contender status on the line.

Rogan also warned us at the tail end of the UFC 124 broadcast that it would take some time for GSP to move up a division. “He wants to do it naturally,” Rogan explained, almost apologetically. Why, we’re sure we don’t know what you mean, Joe. What other way would he do it?

Real talk, though? St. Pierre is so good at this point that he leaves the UFC brass with few options: Either bump him up to 185-pounds or call off the welterweight division entirely, just to save everybody else the embarrassment.

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MoTropolis- December 13, 2010 at 4:20 pm
Remember that episode of Family Guy, where Chris gets a pimple that starts talking to him and convincing him to do bad shit? Thats what that shit on Koschecks face looks like. Yo Josh, that shit on your eye, got some shit on it's eye.
Travelinron- December 13, 2010 at 10:22 am
It looks like his eye is saying "Hmmmmmmmm"
ZombieDouche- December 12, 2010 at 11:00 pm
If you look quick and squint one eye (no pun intended) looks like Kos has a second nose growing out of the under side of that new "Whispering Eye" he's got
Waxedpants- December 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm
I also think that it was much more humiliating to go the full 5 rounds with kos never posing a threat and getting his face reconstructed. I enjoyed every second of it.
Sinanju is Back- December 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm
Impossible? Lemme tell ya something: I'm really starting to dislike GSP. Why? Same reason i hate Superman. You know going in that nobody can beat him. He suddenly develops whatever abilities he happens to need for any given situation. He's so aggressively nice that it makes me want to go out and run over kittens to restore balance to the world. He's invincible. It's boring. What we need is a bald, scheming evil genius to... Wait... Greg Jackson is working for HIM?!? Fuck...
df42- December 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm
To all you GSP haters. Kos and everyone else had five rounds to finish the fight, too! At least GSP punished him. I actually liked the fact that he beat him up for five rounds instead of letting him escape without a beating.
As Good As Anyone- December 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm
Why does Koscheck's eye look like a pair of lips? That's a total mind-f**k
Get Off Me- December 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm
If the reason for the high TUF 12 ratings was because people wanted to see Koscheck get his ass kicked by GSP, than GSP delivered in spades last night.
Nobody who was there live last night had a bad time or thought they saw a boring main event.
From what I saw, GSP gave Koscheck the Ali "what's my name?" treatment.
You can't appreciate how fucking quick Koscheck's overhand right is on T.V., you cant even imagine how straight down the pipe GSP's jab is etc...
The difference between GSP and Anderson Silva is competition, Silva started to bitch back when he was fighting Cote and Leites that the competition was not there for him anymore...GSP is much the same, I mean he's beating guys 2 now, the UFC has noboby for him 170, why is GSP not being challenged enough to step out of his so called "comfort zone" UFC should be the criticism, not GSP can't finish a fight.
Koscheck had his spirit broken, the school bell rang at the opening bell of the fight, Koscheck did not really take any risks and if you watched the fight, GSP started going for his chin with a nice hook instead of jab in the fourth, but Koscheck stayed away cause he was a broken fighter. What I will say about GSP that you can't about any other fighter right now, is that GSP makes his opponents look good while he's kicking their ass...I actually gained respect for Koscheck last night, took his beating like a man and didn't quit when he had the chance.
If you did not enjoy the fight and you think GSP is culpable, you really probably do not like MMA as a sport or understand who's fighting out there exactly.

LOL in comparing Jose Aldo finishing his opponents in title defenses to GSP's title defense fights...Can't wait for JoZAY's next fight, he's a golden goose n doubt, but GSP is fighting in a well established weightclass with stronger competition.
MoTropolis- December 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm
Koschecks eye looks like its wearing a hoodie.
mt59801- December 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm
Let me start by repeating that I'm not a gsp fan or hater. I don't think he wanted to finish him, I think he actually wanted to go in there and clown kos for 25 minutes to finally shut his mouth. That's what the guy does and that's why I'm not in his fan club. I don't like his style but I respect his skill and he's skilled enough to go in there and outpoint guys for 15 or 25 minutes time and time again, why would you expect anything else. A beating like that leaves the fraggle no excuses and no opportunity to make up reasons why he lost and that's exactly what he deserved.

I don't blame any fighter who's going for points. It's a boring style that brings wins. If you want to blame someone blame shitty MMA judging and officiating. These guys are so fucking blind and uneducated that it forces that greg jackson style into the cage. These ref's should have to work as hard as the fighters to get to the big time. They should be required to have 10-20 regional shows under their belts before judging big fights.
Dagnut- December 12, 2010 at 2:20 pm
Am I the only one who is going to give Freddy roache some credit? Best boxing I've seen from GSP....I come from a boxing family so I am biased but he showed how effective the the jab can be....could not fault him last night...he was totally dominating why would he open his shoulders up and give KOs a chance at landing, makes no sense...highly professional and dominative performance.
ThaCrakin- December 12, 2010 at 2:11 pm
@Ballkick man you are on the money!!! Let them hate as they sit on their couch drinking beer!! I bet these boys sweat eating hotdogs homos! Its funny how everyone talks about how GSP doesnt finish how about complaining about nobody finishing GSP, or even winning at least 1 round against the guy? Does not matter how you win the fight a win is a win. His fights are exciting because of the amount of skill he brings into the cage that NO other fighter has! There is not one other 170 lb fighter that would even win a round against this guy! Name one. Im waiting
Jugger- December 12, 2010 at 2:09 pm
I think GSP is awesome and deserves to be on everybody's PFP list.That said, I still believe if you want put a stamp on a fight and call it total domination, you need to put some one to sleep. Not jab and leg kick.
FaH Q NL15- December 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm
Ive gotten extremely sick of comments sections. Yet I shouldnt stop reading them because there are actually a good amount of true MMA experts that post great shit up a decent amount. Just cant stand sifting through the BULLSHIT that so many idiots complain about because they dont truly understand the sport.
d_murph- December 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm
I think the difference was GSP continued to pick apart and dismantle Kos while still fighting...Anderson stopped fighting vs Maia. even lost a round.
Canadian Chronic- December 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm
fuckin glorious watchin GSP continually smash Kos face in!

then chop his front leg like firewood for the cold canadian winter.

Just completely dismantled another no. 1 contender

Ballkick- December 12, 2010 at 1:24 pm
For some of you here there is nothing that GSP could do that would make you like him or acknowledge his talent or skills. I can accept that....If he KO'd Josh you would complain that it was a lucky punch,....If he took him down at will you would complain about his "lay & pray",....if he submitted him you wouldn't have liked his execution....but the fact remains he has successfully defended his belt 5 times against all comers.
If he walked on water you would claim he really should have levitated,....there is no pleasing all the armchair MMA fighters here.
mr_popo0- December 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm
yeah right? watching him fight is sooooooo boring.
knucklesamitch- December 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm
Am I the only one who finds it hypocritical that people are giving GSP a pass for not trying overly hard to finish Koscheck because "he didn't have to"...but people heaped relentless shit on Anderson Silva for not finishing Maia and spending about 15 minutes dancing. Honestly...I don't see much difference...If you're such a dominant champ that you plan to just win the fight on points in the first 3 rounds then just not lose in the championship rounds, it kind of makes the idea of having a 4th or 5th round kind of pointless. Honestly...I could have stopped watching after the 3rd round last night and I'd have known there was no way GSP lost, or won in any form other than decision. He wasn't going to try a takedown on Kos, and he wasn't trying to knock him out...he was just punishing him and keeping him out of his own punching range.
RSparrow- December 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm
I'm gonna have to disagree and say GSP is the top p4p fighter in the world. Love it or hate it, its true folks. I'm not "hugging nuts", this fighter can do everything. My only frustration is I'd love him to add knockouts to his arsenal.

If he doesn't go up in weight to fight Silva right now, do you think any other middleweights could cut weight and give him a fight? I want to see this guy get tested one way or the other. Obviously, WW division is a wash.

d_murph- December 12, 2010 at 1:01 pm
How can someone say that all of GSP's performances are boring lay and pray. He dismantled Fitch all over the place they fought and the ref could have stopped that fight several times. He killed Kos last night. Battered Penn. Looked actively to submit Hardy... He does when he wants to whichever opponent he faces. the whole object of competition is to impose your will on your opponents. GSP imposes his will every fight. There is a reason he doesn't even lose a round let alone a fight. he is better, skilled, and more intelligent than most of the people he faces. KO's and subs are exciting but seeing someone take away someones soul is just as entertaining for me.
mr_popo0- December 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm
best pfp fighter my ass. dude cant finish no opponents.
and yeah..their top welterweights in the world....but so was all of andersons oppenents and finished all their asses. so did jose aldo. GSP is dominate but not best pfp. relax nut huggers.
ghostboner- December 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm
Did not Framkie Edgar get a big steaming pile of poop dropped on his chest for fighting basically the exact same fight GSP fought last night?
Jugger- December 12, 2010 at 12:38 pm
According to your dictionary Tim Sylvia was "dominant" in his title defenses.

disastras- December 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm
Definition of dominate:
: rule, control
: to exert the supreme determining or guiding influence on
: to overlook from a superior elevation or command because of superior height or position

GSP dominated Koscheck. Nothing cheapened. Some of you are real idiots... but I bet you are a pleasure to be around in real life.