What's best for Georges St. Pierre after UFC 124?
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre dominated Josh Koscheck throughout their entire fight Saturday night at UFC 124 in Montreal. It was a good performance, but not a great one.
St. Pierre won the fight the same way his team won The Ultimate Fighting show. He outsmarted Koscheck. He used reverse psychology during the taping of the show, outwitting Koscheck in picking the fighters he wanted on his squad. St. Pierre wanted to select fighter Michael Johnson for his team, so he tricked Koscheck into thinking he would pick another fighter. Koscheck fell for it hook, line and sinker.
I believe St. Pierre took that same strategy in reverse for this fight. This time he did what he said he would do to win the fight. Leading up to the fight, he said he would stand up and fight toe-to-toe, but Koscheck didn’t believe him. So before the fight, Koscheck told UFC president Dana White, “I guarantee you he won’t stand up with me.” Josh, you guessed wrong, once again.
The biggest question after this fight is, why has Jake Shields earned a title shot against St. Pierre?
Shields needs to fight any welterweight fighter in the top five to earn a title shot. Thiago Alves would be a great fight for Shields, with the winner getting a title shot.
Shields has only fought one UFC fight, which turned out to be a split decision win over Martin Kampman at UFC 121. If the argument can be made that Alistair Overeem isn’t a top 10 heavyweight, then that can be said for Shields as well.
Jon Fitch should be St. Pierre's next opponent, not Shields. Fitch fought St. Pierre in 2008 and it was “Fight of the Night.” Fitch has won his last five fights against top fighters in the octagon.
Some might say that Shields has won his last 15 MMA fights. On mmafighting.com Dana White has said, “Strikeforce is the minor leagues” of MMA. So do 14 of Shields' 15 wins really matter in the UFC?
Fitch is now scheduled to fight BJ Penn in February at UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia.
The judges for UFC 124 did not earn the “Bone Head Decision of the Night” award for once. But, that honor goes to UFC officials for letting the fans pick the “Fight of the Night.” The Canadian fans picked their own countrymen St. Pierre for that honor. For the last two weeks Dana White has labeled St. Pierre the greatest athlete in the history of Canada, and then he let St. Pierre fans pick the “Fight of the Night.” To White’s credit, after the fans chose St. Pierre and Koscheck as the winners, he realized that was a dumb decision.
I’m curious to see if any of the fighters at UFC 124 are released from the organization.
Josh Koscheck plays a great heel (bad guy).
What are your thoughts on Jake Shields getting a shot at the welterweight title?
I don't think this is as dumb as James Toney fighting Randy Couture, but it's in the same ball park.
UFC 124 results:
Lightweight bout: Pat Audinwood (U.S.) vs. John Makdessi (Canada)
Makdessi defeated Audinwood via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).
Welterweight bout: TJ Grant (Canada) vs. Ricardo Almeida (Brazil)
Almeida defeated Grant via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Welterweight bout: Matt Riddle (U.S.) vs. Sean Pierson (Canada)
Pierson defeated Riddle via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Middleweight bout: Jesse Bongfeldt (Canada) vs. Rafael Natal (Brazil)
Bongfeldt and Natal fought to a majority draw (28-28, 28-28, 28-29).
Lightweight bout: Mark Bocek (Canada) vs. Dustin Hazelett (U.S.)
Bocek defeated Hazelett via submission (triangle choke) at 2:33 of round 1.
Middleweight bout: Joe Doerksen (Canada) vs. Dan Miller (U.S.)
Miller defeated Doerksen via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Welterweight bout: Thiago Alves (Brazil) vs. John Howard (U.S.)
Alves defeated Howard via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Lightweight bout: Joe Stevenson (U.S.) vs. Mac Danzig (U.S.)
Danzig defeated Stevenson via KO (punch) at 1:54 of round 1.
Lightweight bout: Jim Miller (U.S.) vs. Charles Oliveira (Brazil)
Miller defeated Oliveira via submission (kneebar) at 1:59 of round 1.
Heavyweight bout: Stefan Struve (Netherlands) vs. Sean McCorkle (U.S.)
Struve defeated McCorkle via TKO (punches) at 3:55 of round 1.
Welterweight Championship bout: Georges St-Pierre (Canada) vs. Josh Koscheck (U.S.)
St. Pierre defeated Koscheck via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) to retain the UFC Welterweight Championship.