After some Zapruder style analysis of the GSP / Shields fight, a fan over at Bloody Elbow thinks he’s spotted the moment where Georges went all ‘Estie Tabernac mon eyeball!’ I have no idea if this is the moment since I haven’t taken it to the Batcave to confirm the round / time, but Jake sure does look like he’s sticking half his hand inside Georges’ eye socket.
I’m actually quite surprised that so few people are talking about the eye issue. If you’re going to talk about how shitty the fight was and how GSP played it safe, the eye issue should come up in the same breath. I can understand the guys reporting from press row on fight night not doing this because they didn’t get to hear Georges freaking out like a girly girl on the stool between rounds. But everyone watching on PPV got a front row seat to that whole affair playing out.
Most criticism of GSP revolves around him being awesome and just not using that awesomeness to crush his opponents. In this fight he never managed to get that awesome off the ground. And I’m not going to shit all over a guy for having a bad fight, especially when he’s blind in one eye. The fight sucked, yes. But it wasn’t because Georges had his opponent by the balls but still decided to play it safe. It was because Georges was injured and decided to play it safe. A small but kinda important distinction.