Georges St-Pierre is an icon within MMA.

He is the UFC Welterweight division champion, and took to fighting after being bullied at school.

Since his debut at UFC 148, MMA fans across the world knew he was a bit special. He went on to win the Welterweight title twice, and has currently held it since 2007. In each and everyone of his fights, he hasn't really looked like losing it either.

GSP carries not just Canada on his shoulders, but also the UFC. He is one of the company's biggest Pay-Per-View draws and a loss could cause a financial crisis.

But Johny Hendricks could very well create a financial crisis within the Zuffa company.

St-Pierre has made the 170lbs division his own. He's avenged both his losses to Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. Since the Serra fight, he has looked unstoppable.

Wins against top Welterweights like Josh Koscheck, Carlos Condit, Jake Shields and most recently Nick Diaz have proved his pedigree - if it was even in doubt. 

However his newest challenger Johny 'Big Riggs' Hendricks has something in his hands none of his opponents had - one-shot knock-out power. Along with this, he is an NCAA Division One wrestler at Oklahoma State.

His one-shot KO's over Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann highlight the power he possesses.

GSP has been vulnerable to being knocked out, as displayed when he was upset by Matt Serra for the title.

However he has learnt a lot from that bout and not lost since. 

The Canadian has been working with boxing trainer Freddie Roach in order to improve his striking. His jab has certainly become a vital part of his arsenal, as shown when fighting Jake Shields, Carlos Condit and Josh Koscheck. 

GSP is a technical fighter on his feet and has the second highest accurate striking in the 170lbs, just behind Matt Brown. Hendricks has power, but relies on it too much and can be sloppy.

The stand up should be a lot like when the Welterweight Champion fought Josh Koscheck. Koschek is a heavy hitter himself with a strong wrestling background, however GSP used his jab to keep his opponent out of range.

If GSP does not want to be hit by one of 'Big Rigg's' bombs, the jab will be vital to keep his range. Hendricks is very much a one-trick pony, and will be looking for the KO.

If George uses his complete arsenal of the jab, straight and leg kicks to keep him away, I don't see any problem for him.

St Pierre should dominate the wrestling too. Although he has no college background, his takedowns are relentless and without doubt the best within MMA today. 

It's not like GSP hasn't faced a top class wrestler before either - he easily dragged Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and Jake Shields to the mat, all of whom wrestled at the same level as Hendricks.

GSP's mix of of striking and exploding is how he gets his opponents down. He should do this constantly to Hendricks. 

St Pierre has fought Jiu-Jitsu master-class fighters like Jake Shields, Nick Diaz and BJ Penn. All of whom couldn't do anything to put the Canadian under pressure.

The only thing in favour of Hendricks is that GSP is hittable. Carlos Condit rocked the champion with a head kick. However, Hendricks has one punch, and does not really throw combinations like Condit. His big overhand left should be fairly telegraphed and ducked/blocked by GSP.

Hendricks is a worthy challenger to the belt. But the champion is just better in all areas. His one shot can end the fight in any given second, but the hard part is landing it. 

GSP has some of the best coaches and training partners in the world at Tristar MMA. He'll be well trained for the overhand left and will keep his opponent away with the jab we saw against Josh Koscheck.

And he will relentlessly takedown 'Big Rigg' to retain his title.

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