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March 23, 2013

David Estrada column: Georges St. Pierre wins without much flair

PORT ARTHUR — Perennial UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre continued his winning

ways last weekend at UFC 158 with his decisive, albeit uninspiring, victory over

MMA bad boy Nick Diaz. GSP retained his title by winning a five round unanimous

decision.

    It was quite a compelling matchup for St. Pierre going into the bout. Style and

record wise, Diaz represented a real threat to St. Pierre. His brawler

boxing style coupled with his Caesar Gracie trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu had the

potential to expose GSP.

    Diaz's success in Strikeforce's welterweight division

paralleled that of his UFC rival. After Strikeforce was folded into the UFC the

fence was taken down between the two and they could finally go head to head.

    There was an interesting phenomenon going into this long awaited bout. Not only

the fight itself was a topic of discussion, what was good for the sport of MMA

was almost an equal talking point.

    St. Pierre is the golden boy of the UFC right now. His discipline,

media savvy and good nature helps propel the UFC and mixed martial arts into

the mainstream. He is exactly the kind of person the sport needs to gain a

larger following and positive image.

     Diaz on the other hand is as brash and raw as fighters get. He scorns the

media, even no-showing for media obligations. When he does speak his vocabulary

largely consists of four letter words. If Diaz were to have won he would have

been thrust into the limelight. Many argued it would be a disaster for Diaz

to gain the title. Let's face it, he is not ESPN material.

    Others argued it would be to the UFC's advantage if Diaz won the title. People

don't just tune in to watch the fighters they love. They also tune in to watch

the fighters they hate. A belt around Diaz's waist would have brought in

viewers in the future, along with the FCC-mandated censors.

    St. Pierre won the bout, his eleventh in a row. He continued this trend of

wrestling his opponents and working the ground and pound. This style is not as

exciting as his style in earlier fights in his career, but it's effective to get

the win. It's his sixth consecutive bout won by judges' decision, whereas

earlier bouts were by knockout or submission.

 St. Pierre has to be careful to not lose his following. Like Anderson

Silva experienced years ago, detractors stated he was fighting too carefully just

to squeak out a victory. St. Pierre may have to consider bringing back his

Kyokushin karate style to maintain his fanbase and even draw in others.

    David Estrada Jr. is a Mixed Martial Arts columnist for the Port Arthur News. He can be e-mailed at

DavidEstrada@DavidEstrada.com

 

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