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The poke!


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.

  • subo

    Hey boss, remember when you and I used to post the exact same shit within 20 minutes of each other all the time?  Ah, memories.  Put this in agentsmith’s baby book so he can look back when he’s older.

  • matthewpolly

    There are few things more frightening than losing sight in one eye during a fight. That happened to me a few times (contact lenses) and it’s awful. You lose all peripheral vision from that side of your face, making you blind to hooks and roundhouses, and you lose depth perception, so you can’t tell how close a strike is to landing. You have to estimate based on the bend in the elbow. That is why, especially in the case of blood, that fights are usually stopped when vision is impaired. GSP is lucky that didn’t happen. Of course, there is always a choice when you lose vision in one eye. You can play it safe or take extra risks to end the fight quickly (and you don’t need both eyes to grapple, since it is done mostly by feel). But as we know, GSP is not in the risk-taking bizness, he’s in the winning bizness. It’s understandable but not particularly inspiring.

  • Reverend Clint

    GSP doesnt need two eyes to strike shittily

  • agentsmith

    Hey subo, remember when you used to post?

  • glassjawsh

    @ subo – that was like 8 months ago

  • Schrute Boxe

    don’t remind him

    he might feel nostalgic and start it up again.

  • Blackula Jonez

    Not the biggest GSP fan by any stretch of the imagination.


    But this Anthony Johnson esque poke does explain how a training and technique junkie like Georges started swinging overhand rights like Leonard Garcia and completely abandoned tried and true percision strikes like his jab and his perferred signature power strike the superman punch.

    I am tired of bitching about GSP honestly, how about we start blaming the challengers who get in the cage with him, can’t do shit and then decide to just hang with the champ for 5 rounds.

    Who is the last guy who fought GSP like they wanted to win as if their life depended on it?

  • frickshun

    Black–>I wouldn’t call a superman punch a “power strike”.

    And I’m not sure why everyone is shitting on GSP’s striking. It’s above average. I suppose due to the eye issue, he was uncharacteristically sloppy. The retardo haymakers are totes not in his normal repertoire.

    Polly–>Hi pal!!

  • matthewpolly

    Hey Frickshun,
    Also, GSP did headkick Shields and knock him down, not exactly sloppy striking.