GSP to Henderson: 'Thanks for showing me the blueprint'
UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre recently had a brief interview with FUEL TV in which Lightweight champion Benson Henderson served as a guest analyst. The topic of St. Pierre's upcoming title fight with Nick Diaz soon came up, and Georges hinted that we might see "Rush" incorporate some of the techniques Henderson used to completely neutralize the strengths of Nick's younger brother Nate in the most impressive victory of his career.
When Henderson asked St. Pierre how he was planning to defeat Nick Diaz, GSP responded by giving his thanks to the lightweight champion because he has apparently found a great deal of inspiration in Henderson's nearly flawless performance at UFC on FOX 5.
"That's funny you asked that question because I watched very carefully your fight against Nate Diaz. I'm going to try to use some of the stuff you have done in the fight to win over Nick Diaz, as well. I'm going to learn from what you did and try to apply it in my game plan. Thanks for showing me the blueprint."
While Henderson's brilliant athleticism and expertise in striking and wrestling most definitely played a big role in his win over Nate Diaz, perhaps what was most incredible about his strategy was how Henderson didn't let Nate's intimidating range and boxing skills stop him from constantly leaping forward with punches, kicks and takedowns. Will we see Georges get right in Diaz's face the same way Bendo did when he faced his brother December 8th?
Carlos Condit's victory over Nick showed us that it is in fact possible to out-point Diaz with strikes, but it has been a very long time since anyone has exhibited total control over Nick Diaz on the ground. If GSP can do just that when he fights Diaz at UFC 158, it will truly be confirmed that there are simply no bounds to the the talent of the welterweight king.
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