3 things we learned at UFC 154

UFC 154 taught us a few things about its combatants but here are the three things that stood out the most.

 

Georges St-Pierre Is Better Than Ever

Last week I penned a column fishing for reasons why I thought Carlos Condit would defeat Georges St-Pierre. The challenge was certainly there because a column explaining why I thought GSP would retain against Condit would have gone a little something like “Wrestling, top control, wrestling, blah blah blah, superior athlete, wrestling.” Part of me thought that Condit had a great chance at snatching the title from the kung fu grip that St-Pierre has had on it for the last five years. The other part of me thought that if Martin Kampmann could grind out a victory against Condit, why couldn’t GSP? The fact was that Condit hadn’t faced a foe who utilized his wrestling exceptionally well before he fought St-Pierre. And if you want to beat St-Pierre, you need a tune up against a strong wrestler. So I wasn’t all that surprised the moment St-Pierre dragged down Condit in the first round. What I was surprised with was how the Canadian shook off the cobwebs from a nasty head kick that put St-Pierre on his back side and in a world of trouble. The last time we saw GSP in this much trouble, Matt Serra finished him and rubbed on the belt the way Roy Nelson rubs his belly. St-Pierre simply couldn’t recover after being rocked by Serra. Against Condit, St-Pierre remained composed, weathered the storm and went right back to business as he earned the unanimous decision victory. 19 months out of the Octagon? It looked like he never left. Although I still don’t think fighting Anderson Silva is a good idea, I can see why it has to happen.

Johny Hendricks Is The Real Deal

What Johny Hendricks has accomplished over the past year in the Octagon is nothing short of devastating. After obliterating the durable Jon Fitch last December with a 12 second knockout, Hendricks replicated the feat as he detonated a fistful of dynamite on the chin of the equally durable Martin Kampmann. Kampmann has been known from coming back from the brink of defeat to score a victory. Well, there would be no comebacks on this night. When the left hand of doom met the Danish fighter’s face, the building turned black for Kampmann. And although a relatively ugly split decision victory is sandwiched between two eyebrow raising knockouts, the fact of the matter is that Johny Hendricks is a lethal weapon waiting to be unleashed on his next foe. Now, we now that he’s considering sitting on the sidelines until St-Pierre decides whether to defend his title or take on Anderson Silva, a fight against someone like Nick Diaz would prove to be exciting for fight fans across the globe. 

Mark Hominick‘s Fall From Grace Is A Dramatic One

Remember Mark Hominick? Yeah, he’s the guy that fought a spirited war against Jose Aldo before having his face mangled to look much like Sloth from “The Goonies” (look it up). Even though he was lumped up, he put up a good fight and most thought that he would remain a top contender in the featherweight division. Yeah, well, that didn’t happen. Somewhere in that plastic surgeon needing thumping from Aldo, Hominick became a changed fighter. While I’m not sure exactly what button Aldo pushed, it certainly changed Hominick’s outlook on life inside the cage. If being bombed out by Chan Sung Jung wasn’t evidence enough, a split decision lost to Eddie Yagin and Pablo Garza taking him to the woodshed for a unanimous decision victory likely signaled the end of Hominick’s UFC career. I’m not shocked that he lost, I’m shocked at the life altering affects that the Aldo beating has had on him. Reminds me of when Miguel Torres ate it against Brian Bowles, he was never the same again. Neither is Hominick. 



14 Comments

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    KeithFarrell

    November 20, 2012 at 10:09 am

    On Mark Hominick, yes he has been completely different since he Aldo fight but I think it’s more to do with his head coach, who was one of his closest friends, passing away.

    Since the great Shawn Tompkins left us a lot of his fighters just have problems fighting without him unfortunately and Mark Hominick is the biggest example of it.

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    purinho

    November 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    @Mr.Hale Didn’t seem that you were fishing for reasons, you’ve listed 5 reasons why Condit WILL defeat Gsp, that sounds pretty confident to me. Now you are playing on other notes,do you aspire a career in politics or what? Don’t want to be rude, but thank God that you didn’t write the article why Gsp will win, sounds pretty lame. No offense, but I had to get this of my chest.:)

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    MereDictum

    November 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I gotta agree. Not that this is a credible news site on MMA, but at least show a modicum of skill level before you write an article. The 5 reasons for a GSP defeat were bad enough, this article screams about the obvious.

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    MAMBA24ILL

    November 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I’d love to see Hendricks unload that left on Diaz.

    And yeah, same ole GSP.

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    Bruce Lee

    November 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I don’t know Hendricks is the real deal. I’m not saying he isn’t – I just don’t know yet. He may turn out to be as invincible as Shane Carwin. I haven’t seen him in trouble yet. I haven’t seen him in deep water yet. How would he do in a cardio contest? How is he off of his back? Can he defend a BJJ attack? How is HIS chin?

    Hendricks may turn out to be as great as he looks though I am a little concerned because he is starting to us phrases like “if I touch him with my left hand…”

    I look forward to watching his fight and seeing how he does. He’s an exciting fighter.

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    Bruce Lee

    November 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I thought they were decent opinion articles. I think you guys will find it tough and the critics harsh when you submit an article. He writes quite a bit and I appreciate his work even tho I’m a GSP fan and disagreed.

    The “weak” button doesn’t mean much because people use it too freely (IMO)

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    InfiniteEnigma

    November 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    for example , i just did , and your comment was rather sharp on the contrary.

  8. Profile photo of Martial Artist.  MMA, Kickboxing, Boxing, Sub Wresting, and an O.G. U.G. I fight for money, 185, 170, 155. Bring it.

    Well he lost to Rick Story in a grueling clinch bore fest. His cardio had to of been tested there.

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    MereDictum

    November 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    No, that was too harsh. What I meant is Major, not “credible” and the author has shown a modicum of skill, I just disagree and don’t think the “observations” were news worthy.

    Sorry, checking myself.

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    Brian Cox

    November 21, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Given the likelihood that GSP’s next fight will be against Anderson in the spring and regardless of a win or a loss, Rush will probably want a few months off, then a 12 week camp, my guess would be Hendricks will be sitting around for the better part of a year before he gets his shot. Now, he could take the time and just train, but then it’s a question of ring-rust and knowing that your opponent just went fought (win or lose) the toughest fight and fighter of his career. Advantage GSP in terms of improvement.

    The question becomes will Hendricks wait or does he have enough confidence to take another match prior to his title shot (something it appears he’s in line for)? And if he does take a fight, who would it be against? With the time-table, a good match-up might be NIck Diaz. Nick’s coming off of a (to some controversial) decision loss to Condit and his (bogus) drug suspension will be over, so it might be good timing and a good bout all the way round.

    Either way, it’s going to be a tough and interesting call for JH and his management. Wait, take no risk in not getting your title shot, but you’re sitting around on the shelf not making any money (in the ring) or take a fight, against (what will be no matter what) a high level opponent and risk losing your shot.

    The smart money would probably wait. At least that was Condit’s calculus.

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    computerjiujitsubb

    November 21, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Dont think it has anything to do with the loss to Aldo. That wasnt the first tough fight of Hominicks career. Its not like that fight broke his spirit. I think it has everything to to with Shawn Tompkins death. The Chan Sung Jung fight was the first fight he had since his good friend and coach died.

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    Brian Cox

    November 21, 2012 at 4:14 am

    I think he’s the real deal, but let’s face facts people keep standing in front of the man.At this point, I think the division has probably gotten the message and will adjust accordingly. To be honest, I think Kampmann’s biggest problem is that he didn’t take Hendrick’s seriously or, at least, seriously enough. Funny, there was much-ado made about GSP / Anderson in the lead-up to the Condit fight and GSP kept shooting it down, telling everyone he wasn’t looking past his opponent. Conversely, I think Kampmann looked right past Hendrick’s to a title match with the winner of main event, thinking to himself… I’ve beaten Condit and I’ll beat GSP…46 seconds later, he wasn’t thinking anything. It was just a bad performance. And Fitch might have been guilty of looking past Hendricks, as well. It’s the same mistake GSP made in the Serra fight and he calls it the biggest lesson of his career.

    To the point, Johnny has nothing to prove to me on the subject of power. He apparently has it in spades. I think the problem might be, if there is one, that it’s delivered moving (almost running) straight forward and in the form of sweeping left and right hooks. I don’t know how that would fair against smarter, more technical fighters (GSP / Condit) who will circle off and play with his timing. Funny, I almost put Kampmann’s down with GSP’s & Condit’s…and then I remembered. Doh! I think MK”s ego cost him on Saturday, but either way, Hendrick’s is a solid fighter.

    And in terms of your Carwin analogy. I was thinking along the same lines, but I was wondering if he could end-up-being the Daniel Cormier of 170. Looks good, so far. IMO.

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    jdnextchamp

    November 21, 2012 at 5:28 am

    And he didn’t pass the test.

    I wonder how Hendricks will do if GSP survives until the third round, which I think he will. Almost nobody matches gsp’s cardio/physical endurance

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    jdnextchamp

    November 21, 2012 at 5:32 am

    I’m sure Hendricks would deliver against Georges but he’s had so many Split/Majority decision wins and a decision loss that I believe GSP would be smart enough to keep it in the clinch/ground for the first rounds then play his game in the championship rounds :)

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