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St. Pierre vs. Hardy

Post  Rodger on Sat Mar 27, 2010 2:55 pm

It's almost time for these two to decide who is the best welterweight in the world.
Who will shine in the primetime tonight from NJ's Prudential Center?


I'm betting on St. Pierre.
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Re: St. Pierre vs. Hardy

Post  Sanderson on Sat Mar 27, 2010 4:28 pm

Quebec’s Georges St. Pierre, the UFC Welterweight Champion has been on a tear over the last three years. His reign of terror over the division has included dominating performances over top contenders Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch and most recently Thiago Alves.

Nottingham, England’s Dan Hardy is ready for a fight. His in your face attitude and cocky personality has made a believer out of many. Of course, his lethal striking and exciting style have not hurt either. Hardy is undefeated in the UFC at 4-0, in impressive performances over Akihiro Gono, Rory Markham, Marcus Davis and Mike Swick.

There is no doubt that St. Pierre has the big fight experience. This will be the eighth championship fight of his career and seventh main event. Despite being soft spoken, St. Pierre is used to the attention and spotlight that comes along with being in a main event.

Hardy on the other hand, has never had a UFC main event fight. We obviously do not know how Hardy will react to the pressure. It was only three short years ago that we saw St. Pierre come out and take Matt Serra lightly, resulting in a stunning upset loss.

Will Hardy suffer a similar fate or will we see the best version of him yet?

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out what the game plans are going to be for this fight. St. Pierre may want to test his striking against Hardy early on, but ultimately the game plan has to be to get the fight to the ground. From there he will look to pound his opponent into exhaustion, much like what he has done to other recent opponents. Hardy’s record shows him being susceptible to submissions and perhaps St. Pierre will attempt to take advantage of that.

Hardy on the other hand has to keep the fight standing if he wants to have any chance at victory. All four of his previous opponents have wanted to stand and bang with him so we have no idea how Hardy’s take down defense, but considering that wrestlers Koscheck and Fitch were both put on their back by St. Pierre, expect Hardy to be put there as well.

How well he can escape from under St. Pierre will be a huge factor in how successful he will be throughout this bout. Despite appearing overmatched, Hardy’s powerful hands could easily become an equalizer in the bout. The move to train with Serra for this bout is clearly an attempt to get inside the head of the champ on Hardy’s part. Since the loss at Serra in April of 2007, the rejuvenated St. Pierre has showed no mental weakness and it is unlikely that this ploy will be unsuccessful.

The key factor in this fight will be whether or not Hardy can continue to get up from underneath the champion. Without question, he will be put on his back.
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Re: St. Pierre vs. Hardy

Post  Skully on Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:11 am

St-Pierre dominated Hardy for five rounds to retain the Welterweight Title. Sleep
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Re: St. Pierre vs. Hardy

Post  Rodger on Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:25 pm

Skully wrote:St-Pierre dominated Hardy for five rounds to retain the Welterweight Title. Sleep
I was at the Prudential Center Saturday. The place was packed.
This was NO snoozer. Mad
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Another fight worth mentioning, Ben Saunders took on Jon Fitch last Saturady at the USC 111

Post  BladeRunner on Sat Apr 03, 2010 6:33 pm

UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch (25-3) didn't win over many fans but easily defeated last-minute replacement Ben Saunders (8-2-2) with a dominant display of wrestling.


Fitch took down Saunders early in the first and second rounds and spent most of each round landing short punches and elbows from the top position. He never came close to finishing the fight, leaving the crowd restless, but Saunders was unable to escape each time.




In the third round, Saunders managed to keep the fight standing for a couple of minutes but was unable to do anything to change the course of the bout. Fitch got another takedown and won a unanimous decision, 30-27 on each card.

Fitch has already fought champion Georges St. Pierre once, losing a unanimous decision in August 2008. He was supposed to face Thiago Alves here, but Alves was denied a chance to fight after a problem with a pre-fight CT scan.
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Re: St. Pierre vs. Hardy

Post  Vincenzo on Sat Apr 03, 2010 10:26 pm

I saw some of those fights on Pay-Per-View and Spike.
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