Congrats to Georges St Pierre for another dominating win. He jabbed the shit out of Josh Koscheck’s face for five rounds in what was a straight up drubbing, taking the fight 50-45 on all cards. That extends his ‘unbeaten rounds’ streak to 30, with the last round he lost being to Koscheck the first time around in 2007. But for all the ease in which he took the fight, it’s getting harder and harder to ignore a simple fact: Georges isn’t finishing fights any more.
Sure, we understand right now with the fight fresh in our minds. Koscheck didn’t quit last night and it was only smart for Georges to keep shit tight – ignore the impulse every time the crowd collectively orgasmed to push in and go for the kill. But a few weeks from now and then forevermore people will just look back on this and see another decision win for Georges St Pierre. And it’s hard to say he’s trying his hardest when he says stuff like this afterward:
“My game doesn’t rely on chance. I don’t gamble when I fight. I try to put all the odds on my side, and that’s why I tried to stay on the outside with my jab.”
Dana White thinks he knows what the haters are going to say:
“These guys are going to say, ‘[St-Pierre] fought a one-eyed guy; he could of took him out, but he didn’t have the killer instinct'”
But at this point it’s getting hard even for a nuthugger like me not to be bothered. Georges’ obsession with perfect fights may be solidifying his legacy with the number of successive rounds dominated and the length of his title run. But as a fighter, right here right now, it’s starting to affect his stock.
We saw him struggle to finish brawler Dan Hardy on the ground, and now we saw him unable to finish wrestler Josh Koscheck on the feet. In the battle for #1 p4p kingpin, most still have Anderson Silva above St Pierre, despite the fact that Anderson has been fighting like a retard for the past two years. But at least we know the Spider is capable of finishing fights, even if he sometimes seems to not feel like it. Georges obviously seems to want a finish, but can’t bring himself to really commit to achieving one.
I get it. After all, it’s his health and paycheck on the line, not ours. But it’s hard as a fan to accept his reasoning when there are so many other fighters out there willing to put everything on the line to do what a fighter is supposed to do: finish fights.