The Great Sherdog Debate: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2
The Great Sherdog Debate triumphantly returns for Saturday's
intriguing rematch between Matt
Serra (Pictures) and Georges St. Pierre
(Pictures). Columnist Mike Sloan, trying to
snap a dreadful three-debate losing streak, will go head to head
against Sherdog's Long Island reporter Steven Curtis, the man
responsible for starting Sloan's recent slide.
Well, my good friend, if I
had to start yet another losing streak, I guess it's OK that it
comes at your hands. But friendships will be cast aside yet again
during our keyboard-fueled sparring match, and I'll be damned if
I'm going to lose to you again.
Enter the rematch between Serra and St. Pierre. I fondly remember
their initial encounter back at UFC 69 just more than a year ago.
Serra was such a prohibitive underdog that virtually nobody
predicted him to be competitive against then-champion GSP, let
alone score a first-round TKO win. In fact, that fight was going to
be such a mismatch that I opted to ignore the entire fight card
debate-wise and never bothered trying to locate some helpless prey
to sucker into a debate with me. That's how badly I knew the Canuck
was going to trounce the pasta-eating New Yawkah.
But we all know what happened: Serra walked out of that Octagon
with the belt.
I never thought that TKO was a fluke, though I was picking GSP to
avenge his loss this Saturday. St. Pierre is a better striker,
better athlete, is stronger and is just an all-around better
fighter. I had thought Serra's reign as UFC welterweight champion
was going to end in Montreal … until now.
Here's my rationale: Just like in the first duel, nobody is giving
Serra a chance. Morons claim he's too rusty due to his one-year
absence from combat, his win was a fluke and now GSP is fully
Please, Steven, I know you are not going to fill my inbox with
those same "arguments." Those points of view are full of as many
holes as those moth-eaten trousers you wear when you water your
front lawn. Don't bother writing anything to this debate because
unlike my main guy Matty, you are not going to come close to
Serra won't be rusty, which is something I never bought in the
fight game. If you train and spar properly, you won't have ring
rust. If that ring rust was real, how come so many fighters
(especially in boxing) come back from long layoffs and fight
blowout no-hopers and typically score early knockouts? Is that
enough time to shake off the rust? Exactly. I know Serra, and he's
been training like a maniac -- no rust for him.
Furthermore, I'm tired of hearing people make excuses for GSP, like
he wasn't focused then. I heard that same excuse when he lost to
Matt Hughes (Pictures) and when he looked awful against
B.J. Penn (Pictures). If he wasn't focused for
those fights, exactly when is he going to be focused? Come
Also, Serra loves to prove everybody wrong, just like when he
shocked the world last April. Not one person that I know thinks
he'll win, and when I look back at sports history, the underdogs
who are fed bulletin board material for months almost always
Matt Serra (Pictures) will beat up Georges St. Pierre
(Pictures) and prove to the world he is no
fluke, and he'll do it by stopping the Canadian in the third.
I want to thank you for
setting me up for the three-peat, Mike. And just for the record,
the word "trousers" was officially retired back in the 1940s.
You have no argument from me that Matt Serra (Pictures) is a great guy and the consummate
professional. His win over GSP is one of the greatest upsets in the
history of the sport. On that basis alone, he's earned legendary
Even if he had lost that fight, you have to admire his
determination and fortitude. Overcoming some tough losses and
personal challenges, he stayed positive, kept his focus and climbed
back up to the top of the mountain.
While nothing can take those accomplishments away from him, on
Saturday night GSP will prove that "The Terror's" win last year was
a fluke. Yes, a fluke. As Mirko
Filipovic (Pictures) once said in his K-1 heyday,
"Everybody goes down."
Last year, GSP took the fall. He got caught and paid the price. But
just as GSP avenged his loss to Hughes, so too will he dominate
Serra Saturday. Think Mirko-Randleman II.
Simply put, GSP is one of the top fighters in the world and
probably the best all-around athlete in MMA. He has a reach
advantage and height advantage over Serra, better kicks, strong
takedown defense and a ground game that continues to improve. Oh,
and he's also got some pretty heavy hands.
He's carrying the hopes of "America Lite" on his shoulders
Saturday, and he will not disappoint. GSP by second-round TKO. Oh,
Canada! The Molson will be flowin' on Saturday night!
Anderson Silva bludgeoned both
men, so this is a huge crossroads type of fight. My bet is Franklin
will struggle early but eventually figure out Lutter and blast him
out of the cage "Ring King" style. And he'll do it with a smile in
How soon we forget that before
getting caught in the Spider's web Franklin was considered by many
to be the king of the world at 185. He's a far better fighter than
Lutter and he'll prove it Saturday with a KO in the second.
Two classy guys, two tough
dudes. Starnes is still a bit crude, and Quarry feels as though he
deserves another title shot soon. I like Quarry by second-round
I'm with you on this one 100
percent, Mike. Starnes has been dropped by guys with much less
punching power than Nate. Kalib won't see the third round.
Hmmm. I used to be pretty high
on Bisping's style but not so much right now. Still, he's a bit
better than McCarthy skill-wise and he should score a pretty
impressive stoppage late in the second.
Mike, you've been drinking too
much of that Strange Brew. Bisping's not going to knock out
McCarthy. Sir Charles has shown that he can take a shot, his lone
knockout loss coming via a freak spinning back kick by David Loiseau (Pictures) three years ago. Unless he's been
secretly training with Cung Le
(Pictures), Bisping certainly won't be
throwing any of those Saturday. Bisping by decision.
Forget that loss to Sakurai and
remember how he steamrolled the housemates in TUF 6 -- Danzig's the
real deal. He'll roll Bocek into a slick armbar late in the
Mac is as hungry and focused as
they come. But he's looking for the knockout and he is going to get
it in round two.
Could be the fight of the night,
trust me. I like Doerksen by unanimous decision.
MacDonald is not going to lose
Saturday. Not with the psychological edge of having beaten Doerksen
already. Look for a submission win in the third round for "Mac
Belcher is one of those guys
that just can't seem to get over that hump and into title
contention. A win will do the trick, and it'll be a bad day
for Jason. Belcher by guillotine in the first.
Let's not overlook the fact
that Day's been on a nice roll lately, with four wins in a row
since last June. I don't think he's the guy to put the first KO on
Belcher's record, but I do think he can outlast him. "Doom" by
It's tough to predict which
Herman will show up and it's hard to gauge exactly how good the
undefeated Maia really is. My guess is Herman via decision.
Judging by the fact that Ed has
won three in a row, it is safe to say he will bring his "A" game
against Maia. I'm looking for a knockout by "Short Fuse" in the
Clementi by rear-naked choke in
the second. No need to elaborate any deeper.
Call it a hunch, but I'm
guessing Sam just might be expecting Clementi to attempt a choke.
Expect Stout to be prepared to handle Clementi's attack. He's going
to take this fight to the judges and win.
Morris has five times as many
pro fights as Cain. With that said, Velasquez will score an awesome
first-round stoppage due to strikes.
Both of Morris' losses have
been by knockout. Cain throws bombs. Can you say, "Nighty night,
Brad"? I'm with you Sloan -- round-one stoppage.
Easy win for the Japanese tough
guy. Words of wisdom: Pick Hironaka because Goulet spends way too
much time on his hair. (I'll elaborate more on that in the Reverie
"The Japanese Emperor" is going
to be a proud guy Saturday. Hironaka by submission in the
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