COMMENTARY | Georges St. Pierre has a tough task ahead of him at UFC 167 when he faces the hard-hitting Johny Hendricks. Up to this point, St. Pierre has established himself as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. That says a lot for a sport that is as grueling and dangerous as mixed martial arts. But, if you ask GSP, he'd like to up the ante on the grueling part and go back to the good old days when the UFC didn't have rounds.
"I believe we have rounds to mimic boxing and to be more acceptable but if you really want to see who the best fighter is, you should just let them fight 15 minutes without a break," St. Pierre explained to select media this week.
Obviously, the organization has evolved since the days when there was a lack of weight classes and rules. It was a time where everything from head-butts to fish hooking was allowed. St. Pierre certainly wants no part of that. "I thought someone could die," St. Pierre said. But he remained firm that he would like to see fights with less breaks so it would be more realistic.
"When you stop the fight you stop the momentum and could possibly change the results of the fight," St. Pierre continued. "I believe the sport would be more realistic if there weren't any rounds. Maybe the scoring system would be different where they judge it every five minutes. But I think it should change. Most fighters actually agree with me."
When asked about perhaps bringing back the 8-man tournament, St. Pierre said that would be too much as fighters could get injured and never finish the tournament. His main point of contention is that real fights don't have breaks and this is something the UFC should consider.
"It's a fight so let them fight. Don't let them break up a fight in the middle of it and send them back to the corner. If we're supposed to see who the best man is, let them fight."
Andreas Hale is a former editor at websites including BET.com and HipHopDX.com. Today, he resides in the fight capital of the world and has covered boxing and MMA for mainstream media outlets such as MTV.com and Jay-Z's LifeandTimes.com, as well as die-hard outlets, including FightNews.com, Fight! Magazine, Ultimate MMA, CagePotato.com and others.You can follow him on Twitter (@AndreasHale).
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