Well first of all, Hendricks is a beast.. for about 1.75 rounds. After that he kinda runs out of juice and his knock out power goes out the window. He still definitely is a dangerous opponent for GSP. What saved Condit was his head movement.. and GSP has none.. That being said I'm pretty sure that, had it been a 5 rounds fight, Condit would've taken this one 48-47. Still props to Hendricks.
Marquart really had nothing for Ellenberger.. I was a bit disappointed I thought it would be a more competitive fight.
And GSP vs Diaz well... I don't know if that was the contrast caused by the co-main event but.. I think GSP will need some serious improvement.. I mean... I've been a huge GSP fan and to be fair, he did dominate Diaz but I was expecting him to do more damage. GSP has mad ability to control the fight and his sub defence is crazy... That being said, man.. at some point you're gonna have to learn to do some damage.. In the first seconds of the fight when he landed that hard leg kick I thought that was seriously the hardest strike I had seen him land in years.... I thought we were finally going to see the fruits of his training with world class boxers and muay thai fighters..
Well we didn't... His jab is excellent.. sure.. but jesus christ will you one day learn something else. You perfected that jab 2 years ago against Koscheck. How about a hook now? How about hard kicks to the body? How about hurting the opponent once in a while..
And I was shocked that Diaz was able to stop several takedowns. Actually, by the end of round 3 it seriously started looking like GSP was running out of gas. And I actually had that impression also when he fought Condit.. It's hard to say but I think his long layoff with 0 training at all for months seriously hurt his conditionning and he hasn't gotten it back.. and might never get it back... At some point GSP is going to have to recognize that he isn't 20 anymore and that he will need the ability to finish fights before he gets tired...
Oh and finally... if GSP got tired to the point that he was struggling to take Nick Diaz down at some point... well I think there's no question left about GSP vs Silva... I have the complete conviction that Silva would maul GSP without even trying...