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Gsp relied on his jab for everything; to control, set up more offence, or set up the takedown.
For Example. Gsp would level change fient a lot. Opponents would be weary of the takedown, then Gsp would start upshooting his jab from his level change or squat \/
Gsp would also shoot a jab or fient a jab, knowing opponents would be looking to counter his jab, then duck under the counter for a takedown. Or jab to keep his opponents guard up, pre-occupy them, then shoot in on them. Fienting and jabbing were the glue that held everything together for Gsp. By disrupting his jab, you disrupted his entire game.
Now In opposite stance match ups, the leadhands are constantly clashing
A southpaw would already be in position to check Gsp's jabhand, smoother it down, or counter over it. That's exactly the kind of leadhand control fighter Conor is. You discourage or take away Gsp's jab, and you take away his game.
Johnny Hendricks would constantly smoother Gsp's jabhand with his leadlead. He would check and occupy his leadhand, and that kept Gsp from being able to establish his jab. Johnny Hendricks of all people was able to take away Gsp's jab, and that's why Gsp struggled so much against him.
^ Hendricks hooks over Gsp's jabhand and throws a 1-2. Gsp tries to interrupt and throw a weak hook with his 1, and Hendricks's 2 lands with Gsp's weak hook.
Contrary to "popular belief" Gsp was not that great of a boxer; someone who could fight for leadhand positioning, and jab over, or hook over the leadhand. Maybe it was an issue on his fight IQ, but It was also certainly due to his poor feet placement and poor weight transferring on his hooks
Gsp also had this same issue with throwing his right hands, which is why an orthodox fighter establishing his own jab vs Gsp would have given Gsp a lot of trouble. With Gsp not being able to counter over their jabs with any meaningful right hands (due to his poor feet placement and poor weight transferring). This is why Gsp struggled so much with Shields. Shields would be circling to his left away from Gsp's jab, while popping off his own jab \/
Gsp's poor weight transferring then didn't allow him to counter over Sheilds's jabs with any meaningful rights \/
^ Gsp's would swing his back leg around his leadfoot (almost crossing). His back leg would literally bend in. He had no ability to push off and drive off his back leg onto his front foot with any kind of speed or force with his right hands on time. Gsp had piss poor weight transferring (which is why he often failed to put opponents away on the feet. there would literally be nothing in his shots with his balance issues and piss poor weight transferring)
Now back to the study
^You can see at the start Hendricks controlling and occupying Gsp's leadhand. Positioning his leadhand higher. Hendricks was constantly winning the battle of the leadhands. With Gsp's jab nullified, Gsp had to rely on rear body kicks, inside leg kicks, and poorly thrown hooks for offence. Gsp was no where near the same fighter with out his jab.
Not only would Conor take away Gsp's jab with leadhand fighting, Conor always returns punches with kicks. Gsp would likely try to start working kicks without his jab, and thats more countering opportunities for Conor.
Conor would constantly be checking Gsp's jabhand, occupying his leadhand preventing him from jabbing, and positioning his leadhand higher to smoother down, and shut his jab down
Conor would be slipping his head to the outside and countering with his left underneath any Gsp jabs
Conor would have a field day controlling Gsp's jabhand, pulling/grabbing and shooting his left straights down the pipe, fienting him out of position or into a left, shooting his lefts with Gsp reaching for his leadhand. It would likely get ugly for Gsp. When you take away Gsp's jab, it takes away his ability to hide his takedowns or set up his takedowns (as the Hendricks fight proved). No matter who it is, its much easier stopping telegraphed takedowns. The only issue is that Gsp is literally 2 to 3 weight classes bigger then Conor. But stylistically and skill wise, Conor is tailor made to literally toy with Gsp in a striking contest. Conor Is such a great stylistic match up against Gsp, that if they were the same size, Conor would run him over the vast majority of times. But size does matter in the wrestling, and Gsp could end up being too big, if and once he got top position. I bet Gsp would try to put Conor to the fence, but Conor's footwork makes that difficult, and Conor has a terrific underrated clinch game. I'm close to hitting the word limit, so I can't keep posting more examples, but in short, Conor would do great in the clinch nullifying/controlling, creating space to land, landing knees and elbows, breaking off and landing off the clinch