Askren: Idea that GSP is best wrestler is insane


Many fans and media have called Georges St-Pierre the best wrestler in MMA despite the fact that St-Pierre never wrestled competively. The notion however, is INSANE, if you ask Bellator champion and Olympic wrestler Ben Askren:

The notion that he's the best wrestler is insane to me. He's got a great double leg and good timing, but just watching him, you see a lot of areas he's just not a natural wrestler. He doesn't flow as well as other wrestlers. If Johny Hendricks is training his wrestling, which that's a mistake that a lot of wrestlers make is they get out of it and they think they got to get better at striking and jiu jitsu and they totally forget about their wrestling. I did that for a couple of months earlier in my career and I learned. But they totally step away from wrestling and they get so rusty and they lose a lot of those battles. If Johny Hendricks is staying on point and getting some wrestling in, which hopefully he's smart enough to do, he'll definitely outwrestle Georges St. Pierre.

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mikerobmma site profile image  

8/27/13 2:30 PM by mikerobmma

That's what people fail to realize. Even if GSP isn't taking him down in a fight (which he potentially could), GSP uses his wrestling in reverse and jab-fucks him for 5 rounds like Koshchek or at least out strikes him like Shields. It would probably be boring as shit but that's the most likely outcome.Then again, in the Diaz fight it looked like GSP's training and mileage were catching up with him toward the end of the fight. So maybe GSP doesn't have much left. His trainers have even said that his work ethic means he has a handful of fights left. To be honest, Hendrix has the best chance. With his heavy hands he presents way more danger than Askren ever could. As stated earlier, if Hendrix pressures GSP it may reap rewards for him. Then again, he also started gassing hard against Condit after pushing such a tremendous pace.

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

8/27/13 1:01 PM by ranier wolfcastle

olympic wrestlers have been taken down in mma many times

chupecabre site profile image  

8/27/13 12:21 PM by chupecabre

Askren would more than likely beat GSP in a Wrestling match. In an MMA match, Askren would not stand a chance of winning a round. He is one of the least well rounded fighters out there and GSP would exploit that big time. GSP is as well rounded as they come.

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8/27/13 12:12 PM by BrandonWaltonMusic

GSP beats him grappling fairly easy

Lobo8 site profile image  

8/27/13 11:18 AM by Lobo8

Gsp uses his stand up, especially his jab and overall will use his striking to open up hendricks for the takedowns. Gsp is not a fantastic "wrestler", what he is a fantastic mixed martial artist that can use little pieces of alot of martial arts and combine them to make a very effective all around fighter. He will dominate hendricks.

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8/27/13 11:03 AM by da Vinci 81

I agree with this. The best plan for Hendricks would be to wrestle gsp and try to take some of the earlier rounds. If he wants to stand an knock him out he's going to be swinging at air while being picked apart. I don't think Hendricks has the skill to finish gsp on the feet or ground and he doesn't have the cardio to win the late rounds so a fast start is crucial for him, imo. A lot of people seem to be forgetting gsp's second fight with kos. Their wrestling was just about even with both stuffing takedowns and neither being able to hold the other down for long when they got them there. If Hendricks hasn't fallen too much in love with his power he should realize the best chance of winning is where he's the strongest: wrestling.

Letibleu site profile image  

8/27/13 10:47 AM by Letibleu

Askren's plan is perfect... ...until he gets punched in the face and it all goes out the window.   /end thread.

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8/27/13 10:47 AM by MattyECB

Hey, you guys ready for my Nostradamus prediction...Just like Kos, and pretty much EVERYONE GSP fought, Askren is gonna get tooled...Then he's going to say he didn't train wrestling or take him seriously enough...Then he'll rematch and fail even harder. Obvs Askren is a better wrestler, but unfortunately for him no one gives a fuck about Folkstyle. This is MMA and he ain't even close to touching Georgie

mikerobmma site profile image  

8/27/13 10:18 AM by mikerobmma

Yeah, and GSP ko'd him and Askren won by split decision. So.....

Bry Bry site profile image  

8/27/13 10:06 AM by Bry Bry

um GSP couldnt take Hieron down and yet Askren was able to..