so now that all the smack has been talked, what did you guys actually think either guy did well or poorly?
GSP did what he usually does, but it wasn't the best he's ever done it. ive seen some speculation on if he has peaked or if hes getting tired of it, and i actually think that has some merit. aside from the crazy work he puts into his training, he is a champ with a LOT of obligations. furthermore, he doesnt take guys out in 3 minutes and go home without a scratch, he wins by outworking guys for 25 minutes, which must be exhausting, and he takes his lumps too.
on the other hand, i think diaz deserves a lot of credit. diaz did a very good job from the bottom, really making gsp work extremely hard to control him. there were several moments in the first 2 rounds where gsp has to literally drag him down and thats not a nice efficient TD, that burns a lot of energy, so i think diaz deserves credit up to that point of things
from the 3rd round on, i was very confused by diaz. he landed some very good punches towards the end of the 3rd, and was starting to stuff some takedowns. he had a LOT of time standing the rest of the way, and even though i did believe GSP had the better standup, that was the time for diaz to start working his volume boxing game and he just didnt pull the trigger for whatever reason. GSP got off his single shots and set up his takedowns, and the clock ran out on diaz
GSP did great on the top, and did win the standup, but he has to diversify his game. i saw a couple of new things from him, he threw a couple of jumping roundhouses and a nice front kick (all of it missed haha) and there wasnt enough of it, plus i really want to see him put these things together more. you never see more than a 2 move combo from him, and he doesnt use his right hand nearly enough
diaz did great on the bottom, at least in the early going, but did not take advantage of the windows he had on the feet to really put some pressure on GSP