Top UFC Stars Pick Tonight's GSP - Hendricks Fight & Most Predict Big Upset, Dana White Comments
Matt Hughes (UFC Hall of Famer, former welterweight champion, fought GSP three times)
"I really think Hendricks has the tools to get his hand raised. He's obviously got the wrestling, and along with the wrestling he's got that big left hand. I don't think Georges' jab is going to be as effective against a southpaw, and he's always going to know that when he's close enough to throw that jab, Johny's gonna be close enough to land that left. So I think that may play into Georges' mind just a little bit and I think mentally Georges has some obstacles because he doesn't like to get hit."
Gray Maynard (No.5 ranked lightweight contender, two-time UFC lightweight title challenger)
"I'm going with Johny. He's got the wrestling, the power and the more I hear from him, he just sounds confident, like he knows he's got this. I'm calling the upset."
Daniel Cormier (No.2 ranked heavyweight contender)
"I was able to work with Johny in the past and no one performs better when the lights are brightest. I pick Hendricks."
Forrest Griffin (UFC Hall of Famer, former light heavyweight champion)
"Johny Hendricks is a way better wrestler than GSP, Johny Hendricks has way, way more power than GSP, and Johny Hendricks has a far, far, far better chin than GSP. Clearly, Johny Hendricks doesn't stand a chance of pulling off the upset against GSP..."
Chuck Liddell (UFC Hall of Famer, former light heavyweight champion)
"I think Hendricks is really going to make GSP fight. GSP is a great, great fighter. And he really can fight, but he prefers not to and to think his way to victory. Johny won't allow that to happen. I will say I thought all this before the last fight GSP fought Josh Koscheck, but I think the pace Johny fights at, how hard he hits with each shot, and how much he seems to want this makes this the most interesting GSP fight in years."
Luke Barnatt (undefeated UFC middleweight)
"My money is on the upset. GSP is the greatest ever, but Hendricks is the most dangerous opponent GSP has faced in years. Hendricks has the best wrestling credentials in the UFC on paper, and has that one-punch KO power. GSP has the advantage over five rounds, but I see Hendricks finishing the fight early."
Jimi Manuwa (undefeated UFC light heavyweight)
"I'd definitely give Hendricks a shot against GSP - he's a great wrestler with powerful striking. I'm really looking forward to seeing this fight."
Nik Lentz (No.8 ranked featherweight contender)
"GSP is the better fighter, overall, but Johny is the biggest puncher, pound-for-pound, in the sport. Maybe it is because we have the same nutritionist, Mike Dolce, but I think Johny wins the belt by knockout in the second round. Johny is going to get taken down, right away, but if Johny keeps calm, keeps going for the knockout and doesn't get frustrated, he will land that shot."
Jason High (UFC welterweight contender)
"I hate to go against my wrestling brother Johny Hendricks, but I think GSP might get him. Hendricks is definitely a tough nut to crack for him, but I think in a five-round fight, those fourth and fifth rounds could be a problem for Johny. Georges is always in shape and he's fought five rounds a bunch of times, so I've got to go with the champ on this one."
Ross Pearson (UFC lightweight contender)
"For this fight I would tell Hendricks to go out and take the fight to Georges, don't wait for him, be first to do everything. I definitely think Hendricks can defeat Georges. He has scary power; he just has to make sure he uses it early in the fight."
Brad Pickett (UFC flyweight contender)
"If I was a betting man I'd put my money on Hendricks. He has the finishing power that we've seen has caught GSP out before when he fought Matt Serra. We could be in for another Matt Serra upset. When it comes to tactics, GSP is the best he studies his opponents in so much detail. If Hendricks can keep unpredictable then he could outsmart GSP. My prediction would be GSP decision or Hendricks KO."
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