Many fans and mixed martial arts analysts like to harp on the notion that welterweight king Georges St-Pierre is the best wrestler in the sport, but a former member of the United States Olympic wrestling team is not buying it.
Ben Askren, who is a free agent and could soon be joining the UFC, spoke about GSP and his wrestling during a recent interview and was very clear about his opinion.
It is insane to call Georges St-Pierre is the best wrestler, especially over his next opponent Johny Hendricks.
From MMA Mania:
The notion that he’s the best wrestler is insane to me. He’s got a great double leg and good timing, but just watching him, you see a lot of areas he’s just not a natural wrestler. He doesn’t flow as well as other wrestlers. If Johny Hendricks is training his wrestling, which that’s a mistake that a lot of wrestlers make is they get out of it and they think they got to get better at striking and jiu jitsu and they totally forget about their wrestling.
I did that for a couple of months earlier in my career and I learned. But they totally step away from wrestling and they get so rusty and they lose a lot of those battles. If Johny Hendricks is staying on point and getting some wrestling in, which hopefully he’s smart enough to do, he’ll definitely outwrestle Georges St. Pierre.
We will find out in a few months who is the better wrestler and overall fighter, but until then the discussion will continue.
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