He's proven time and time again that despite not having any collegiate wrestling experience, he can take just about anyone down at will. Look no further than his first bout against Josh Koscheck at UFC 74. "Rush" was able to take the former NCAA Division-1 wrestling champion down repeatedly on his way to a unanimous decision victory.
And there was seemingly nothing Koscheck could do about it.
Though "GSP" isn't opposed to keeping it on the feet, as he proved against "Kos" (yet again) in their rematch at UFC 124, jabbing his way to another decision victory and swelling up his opponent's eye in the process, the French-Canadian fighter has proven his specialty is taking his opponents to the mat and wearing them down.
Mike Winkeljohn, Condit's head trainer for his title unification bout against St. Pierre at UFC 154 on Nov. 17, 2012, knows all too well how good Georges is with his takedown offense, that's why he's confident he can prepare Condit to ‘have something for him' every time he shoots.
From his conversation with Sherdog Radio:
"Georges is the best in the world at what he does, but at the same time, we know what he does. He does that, and hardly anybody's been able really to stop it, but with that being said, Carlos has got something for him. Every time he wants to shoot in, we want to not give him the proper distance. We want to not be there when he does shoot, but when he does, we want to have something there for him."
Formulating game plans is something Winkeljohn, along with partner Greg Jackson, have mastered and have lead to numerous victories for many of their high-profile athletes at Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Having said that, Mike says Condit will look to inflict as much damages as possible on Georges early on:
"He definitely followed my gameplan for Nick Diaz to a T, but with that being said, it's different with Georges. Nick comes back from the dead. I think Carlos can unload on Georges and do damage early, and that will pay benefits as we go on ... . You will see a different fight that way. The way to fight Georges is not to back away and touch him because he's going to eventually take you down and ride out a decision that way and he could finish you. Georges is great in many different positions, but the way to beat Georges is to hurt him. That's what this fight is going to come down to: Carlos can strike from so many places. He can hurt you in so many ways. What people have forgotten is that early in Carlos' career, he was tapping people out left and right. Carlos is great with his submissions and working on them daily. He wants to time Carlos' footwork to come forward and shoot on Carlos. There's no doubt about it. He's got to close the gap. Carlos is longer -- we know that, so that's what we're looking for. Things are going to happen when one of the two guys close the gap."
If you think Mike is just hyping up his own fighter's well-rounded skills, it might just be the case; however, given the fact that even St. Pierre's trainer, Firas Zahabi, has declared Condit a difficult guy to prepare for given his arsenal, it's safe to say Carlos is a legitimate threat for "GSP."
What say you? Will "The Natural Born Killer" be able to fend off the aggressive takedowns of "Rush?" And do you feel Condit and Co. can come up with a perfect game plan to defeat a man who hasn't left the winners circle since 2007?