Yahoo: Hardy no match for GSP's mastery of the takedown

Clark Kent

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Sep 11, 2006
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03-28-2010 12:34 AM:Another fighter stepped up to take on Georges St. Pierre, just like the others Dan Hardy got double-legged all night and pounded on the ground. But he didn't give up or get embarrased. In fact, by the end of the night, the crowd which seemed 99 percent against Hardy applauded him for his toughness.

That said, toughness doesn't guarantee you win against someone with superior technical ability. St. Pierre, who never wrestled in high school, has become a beast when it comes to taking down the opponent. In 4-of-5 rounds, it took GSP less than 25 seconds to score the first takedown. From there he worked in every dominant position but couldn't get Hardy to submit. The Brit showed guts, he could've easily tapped from a first round armbar or a fourth round kimura but showed moxie by soldiering on. He lasted all five round but St. Pierre again defends his UFC welterweight title successfully via unanimous decision, 50-43, 50-44, 50-45.

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