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UFC 167 betting: Takedowns won't come easy for GSP

UFC 167: Georges St-Pierre (-260) VS. Johny Hendricks (+220)

I’m not surprised that the betting line has remained steady as St-Pierre has been nothing but a money train during his UFC tenure and many bettors are scared of betting against him. Personally, though, I think is the fight where St-Pierre finally loses his belt, and I’m taking Hendricks at +220 for the upset. Here’s why.

Although St-Pierre has been nothing short of dominant during his streak of eight consecutive welterweight title defenses, the few weaknesses he has shown play into Hendricks’ strengths. Namely, his chin.

Although St-Pierre has exceptional striking defense and is one of the hardest fighters to hit, the few times he has been hit hard, by Matt Serra and Carlos Condit, don’t inspire any confidence in me that he can survive one of Hendricks’ patented left hands. Hendricks has the most powerful one-punch knockout power in the entire welterweight division, and if he can connect flush on St-Pierre’s chin early in the fight, that will probably be enough to win him the title as I can’t see St-Pierre surviving a punch to the chin if Hendricks hits him on the button.

Yes, St-Pierre did show in the Condit bout that his recovery skills have improved over the years, as instead of getting TKOed by Serra he was able to withstand Condit’s third round head kick and end up winning a decision on the scorecards. But that kick was to St-Pierre’s temple, not his chin. If Hendricks hits St-Pierre’s chin, like Serra did at UFC 69, I just can’t see him being able to regain his composure like he did at UFC 154 against Condit.

Now, obviously, this is assuming that Hendricks can hit him. And there’s no absolute guarantee he will, as I expect St-Pierre to shoot in for a takedown from the opening bell and try to get Hendricks to the mat.

Yes, St-Pierre has an excellent jab and excellent standup in general, but standing for any length of time with a knockout artist like Hendricks seems like a terrible idea, particularly early on in the fight when Hendricks is at his best. If GSP can’t get the takedown in round one, he’s going to be at a huge risk of getting taken out be Hendricks. And considering Hendricks’ impeccable wrestling background, there is absolutely no reason to think the takedowns are going to come easy for St-Pierre, especially early on in the fight.

Yes, I do expect St-Pierre to get takedowns on Hendricks once “Bigg Rigg” starts to gas in the third round. But the thing is, I don’t see the fight ever getting to the point. Instead, I think Hendricks lands early on in the fight, and I don’t think this match makes it past round two. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Hendricks knocks out St-Pierre in round one to become the new UFC welterweight champion.

I hate betting against a winner like St-Pierre, but at +220, I feel the odds on Hendricks are just too good to pass up. I’m not saying he’s a lock or anything, but after years of making money off of GSP, now it’s time to make some money off of betting against him.

Reminds me of Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman — and we all know what happened there.

Adam Martin writes for MMAOddsbreaker.com. Follow him on Twitter @MMAdamMartin.

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Posted by turfdude
10 months ago

Time to go to big boys school for Hendricks, the guys he dropped are not world class IMO. GSP will go southpaw on him and keep him at bay, or just ground and pound. His ability not to get hit is the biggest difference between the guys Hendricks has dropped. I'll Take GSP to go Over 4.5 rounds.
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Posted by edmanz
10 months ago

Hendricks odds going down (+175) now.
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Posted by Jspicks21
10 months ago

Wow I know my record in covers isn't the best but dayum I think I read a lot more than stats it's funny because fear 2099 has 2 picks lol . Have u even been to a UFC match or seen Hendricks or GSP fight live. GSP is gonna go down as the best fighter UFC has ever had .say wat u want to say GSP proves. Every fight that he is a dominant champ
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Posted by Awwshnapp
10 months ago

With GSP's 6/7 inch reach ... Hendricks has not faced anyone with GSP's speed or explosiveness ... if you can't bet GSP ... then it's a no bet imo. Good luck with whatever your side is. Cheers.
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Posted by fear2099
10 months ago

Jspicks21 serra ko'd him. Get you facts straight homie. Or at least read the bloody article.
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Posted by Jspicks21
10 months ago

First of all FearTits2099 gsp's record is 24-2 consisting of 1 loss coming via armbar and 1 loss coming by TKO not KO by Serra.. So you get your facts straight and do some homework. Back to reality GSP wins this fight easily. So before you call somebody out on covers make sure you know what your talking about and get your win percentage up cause last time i checked a TKO is completely different then a KO.Thank you
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Posted by Jspicks21
10 months ago

Your crazy first off how can anyone who has never been ko'd and has a 24-2 record be accused of having no chin.lol I'm sorry to say but NCAA wrestling is diff from mma wrestling which when it comes to mma wrestling gsp easily holds the upper hand which holding the UFC records show that he does.gsp has 7 inches of reach and will frustrate Hendricks and will force a mistake by Hendrix .and down goes Hendricks..
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Posted by Jspicks21
10 months ago

"Your crazy first off how can anyone who has never been ko'd and has a 24-2 record be accused of having no chin.lol I'm sorry to say but NCAA wrestling is diff from mma wrestling which when it comes to mma wrestling gsp easily holds the upper hand wh..."