The most fantastically entertaining part of MMA is also a curse: a fighter can get clipped with a lucky punch and fall to his defeat. That’s not to say that the ‘thrower’ of the punch is inferior or the victory is any less praiseworthy, but that is a part of MMA that’s rather disconcerting and a fact of how it is in the octagon. There are also referees that stop fights far too early when they believe the fighter in question who’s taking the punches is down for the count and unable to defend himself, thus resulting in a quick fight.
Because of the above and how chaotic MMA is, the way victory or defeat is a simple uppercut, overhand right or spinning wheel kick away, Johny Hendricks has a big chance — just like anyone who dares to step into the octagon — to knock Georges St.-Pierre out or, yes, catch him in a submission on the ground.
But I don’t see it happening.
Hendricks might be St.-Pierre’s most challenging adversary in a while (what — since the BJ Penn fights?), but there are too many people disregarding the fact that St.-Pierre’s reach overbears Hendricks’. Hendricks could knock GSP out, but how do you expect that he’ll get close enough to make a difference if GSP manages to keep the two apart by a distance and take Hendricks down? Johny Hendricks is feisty as hell and might be able to close that distance GSP will inevitably (assuredly) set up, but he might get caught. GSP hasn’t finished a fight since UFC 94, the BJ Penn corner stoppage (ruled a TKO) in round 4, back in January 2009, almost five years ago (hard to believe).