ConorWinsTheRematch -wrongaboutVitali - Goes along with what I posted on another thread:
GSP plays it safe for the first 2 rounds, drawing Conor in and then getting the takedown at will. Lands decent elbows on the ground.
By round 3, Conor is winded, and GSP turns it up a bit, still landing takedowns at will and punishing Conor on the ground.
By round 4, Conor is physically and mentally finished. GSP then picks him apart, safely, with his jab and leg kicks and, once again, taking Conor down at will.
End result? GSP by UD or submission in round 4 or 5.
The only X-factor would be GSP's weight cut and time off. But, coupling that with Conor's inactivity and bad social habits, and it could be a wash. Either way, GSP wins this one relatively easily.
Conor won't be drawn in. its Conor himself usually drawing opponents in with distance deception traps. And That's especially not going to happen with Conor constantly checking, pre-ocuppying, and controlling Gsp's leadhand. You see, I'm always ok with reasonable opinions. What I will refute is dumb opinions that have no basis in reality. And Sorry but your post about Gsp drawing Conor in is fan fiction at best. It might even be Conor locking down Gsp's leadhand, and as a result drawing out right hand responses to counter ala Bunchinger. Gsp never had the feet and proper weight transferring to respond with right hands quickly. The more you break down the striking the more you see just how bad of a match up Conor is for Gsp on the feet.
I do know what I'm watching. I am also giving my opinion. For you to call it dumb is no different than anyone calling your opinion dumb.
You ask for insightful replies, claiming your posts are always insightful and informative, but the minute anyone disagrees with you, you accuse them of not knowing what they're talking about, as though your opinion (because let's be honest, this is ALL conjecture) is the final word.
Here is my opinion: Conor's only chance in this fight is to catch GSP early, and GSP plays it way too safe to allow such a thing to happen, hence my drawing Conor in comment. I can see Conor's misinterpreting GSP's playing it safe as GSP being afraid to engage in the stnad-up early on, which may actually be true.
But here's one thing I would bet my life on. GSP WILL take Conor down at will. He WILL tire Conor out. Conor's power WILL be gone by then, and after that, GSP WILL coast to an easy, albeit safe, victory. Just my opinion, which, at the end of the day, like yours, means nothing.