Originally Posted by ElGringo
I loved the fights, except for the main event. Not sure if Shields was scared to, or GSP prevented him from getting the fight to the ground, but on their feet it wasn't even close. I too don't like GSP, and even though you do have to respect his ability to keep someone like Shields on his feet, that doesn't mean you have to like the idea of him never really getting off his own knockout punch.
The reason I don't like him is he doesn't finish fights. I have read through this and understand some of you believe he does this on purpose, but I don't understand that at all. If you let the judges decide the fight, you do not know the outcome. We have all seen fights that we thought the other fighter should win, but judges disagreed (even heard Joe talking about it in one fight). I believe most fans pay money to watch someone beat the crap out of someone else, and GSP (even though he wins) just doesn't seem to do that.
I believe that one of the reasons that GSP doesn't finish fights is because he isn't an overly powerful guy. He is super quick and super athletic and strong, but he doesn't have knock out power in his hands. I think GSP would love to finish more fights but he just doesn't have the KO power in his hands to do that. Second, when he gets guys to the ground he is usually looking to ground and pound them, and also because if you look at the guys he has fought for a while now, they all have great BJJ and submission defense. Sort of equaling out GSP's ability to do anything in the way of subs. If Hardy were anyone else they would have tapped on that kimura.
I think however, if GSP wants to be known as the greatest ever he's going to need a run of finishes at some point to really solidify that.