Discussion in 'MMA Forum' started by Ironfox222, Sep 24, 2022.
What do you think of the power of prime Georges St-Pierre? is it mediocre, above average or elite?
Probably a three or four. He could put people out when he put his combinations together. But he was never a combination puncher. He wisely preferred to fight at long range with in and out movement and his jab to control distance.
He hurt Jay Hieron with the right hand countering his jab and then finished him with the right hand, left hook, right hand combination. He hurt Matt Hughes badly with the superman punch, left hook combo. He sat down Bisping with that left hook, but to be fair, Bisping had compromised vision and it's the shots you don't see that do the most damage. That was still a nice combo, though.
He absolutely battered John Fitch all over the octagon, dropping him with that overhand twice countering both Jon's leg kick and his left hook. He hurt him badly with that right high kick and then the follow up knee to the head. He also broke Josh Koscheck's eye with the first punch he threw in their second fight, which pretty much ended the guy's career.
He definitely had some power in that left leg switch kick which he finished off Hughes with. He also pretty much dropped Shields with that kick as well, forcing him into a desperate takedown/guard pull flopping move. He had some underrated kicking power in general. Remember when he hurt Hughes to the body with his spinning back fight to the body?
GSP definitely had below average power, especially in his punches. There's a reason that his entire championship run was filled with decision wins. He was a tremendous athlete, but power was never really one of the athletic qualities he was gifted with. GSP is my favorite MMA fighter ever, but we have to be honest about his flaws. However, that makes it all the more remarkable that he maintained the success he did in a sport as volatile, multifaceted and violent as MMA. He was often at a power deficit and beat them not just through strength, athleticism, and speed but really through mastery of his particular style of the sport.
But he could surprise guys if he caught them when they weren't expecting it, when he caught them especially flush or when he strung a few shots together. Mostly, he was a guy who hurt people and wore them down through an accumulation of punishment throughout a fight like against Penn, Shields, Alvez and Condit.
He was a complete fighter . He wasn't looking for KO wins but winning each round , his well timed takedowns are what I will most remember him by .
Definitely a 7 for me. Hes not a big puncher but he has good enough power to back you up.
Georges St-Pierre is more than the average player but not good a puncher he is the greatest fighter of all time across most divisions in MMA history, welterweight is a class with a clear king. He has a record of wins.