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Near-knockout at UFC 154 reminded Georges St-Pierre of loss to Matt Serra

Things were going relatively smooth for returning welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre early on in his headlining bout with Carlos Condit at UFC 154 until a tense moment midway through the fight. St-Pierre was controlling action from the opening bell and landing takedowns with ease. However, Condit changed the tone of the fight completely when he blasted St-Pierre with a headkick in the third frame and sent the fan-favorite down to the mat. Condit pounced, and for a few seconds it appeared as though GSP’s run at the division’s top had come to an end.

The initial sequence echoed one endured by St-Pierre in 2008 when he fought and fell to Matt Serra, also eating a stiff strike that left his legs wobbly before succumbing to the follow-up attack. The situation was not lost on St-Pierre either as he explained at the post-event press conference.

“When I had a kick to the head tonight I had a flashback to Matt Serra. It was a similar experience,” admitted St-Pierre.

This time around, the 31-year old was better prepared for the pressure and ultimately escaped the adversity by regaining his composure and battling back for the remainder of the rumble to earn a decision win.

“When I got hit hard, sometimes before I was very proud guy, I try to give it back right away but the experience I gained from a lot my fights allowed me to recompose, defend myself and…it’s that experience that allowed me to survive, you know, and come back from that big kick that I got hit with,” offered St-Pierre, providing evidence of his growth as a fighter.

St-Pierre has not lost since his stumble against Serra, stringing together ten straight instances of success including seven consecutive title-defenses.


  • hindsightufuk says:

    does Georges just lack that killer instinct? that will to do someone real harm?
    How long did Carlos spend on his back? and how many elbows did Georges throw?
    so frustrating to watch a guy who could be so so dominant and finish pretty much any one he chooses, and yet he seems to choose not to.
    i really enjoyed the fight, and i know Carlos worked well off his back, but Georges seemed so intent on holding him down or working on position, throwing a few punches here and there, but no elbows.
    Look at the ones he did throw and land, imagine if he went batshit crazy for 10 seconds of each round with elbows to the head. just 10 seconds, imagine the damage he would have done.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    ooh side note, how fucking creepy did Lyoto Machida look?
    pink shirt, mustache, side parting, part Hitler part paedophile, freaked me out a little. dude kept touching it too

  • Sumoninja says:

    I could do without the nerd-chic carryover from the NBA entering the MMA world, but it seems to be underway.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    I like Lyoto, but I don’t know what was going on with the movember molester get up. He was a little too committed with that whole thing. I’d forgotten about it till your comment, hindsight…I don’t think my brain knew quite how to process what it was seeing Saturday night.

  • Midget says:

    Maybe drinking his own pee has clouded his judgement!


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