I don't consider GSP's performance to be lackluster. He didn't finish Diaz, but nobody ever has. He used his strengths to minimize Diaz' weaknesses and stay away from Diaz strength, and it worked for five consecutive rounds. It may not have been as exciting as the Hendricks-Condit fight (that was CRAZY!), or the end of the Marquardt-Ellenberger fight, but GSP controlled the fight and, except for a couple of takedowns that were stuffed, did what he wanted through match.
Diaz has said he's done after his last few fights and keeps coming back anyway. I have to give him credit for raising GSP's hand at the end of the match, but taking a swing after the end of round 3 was cheap.
....and Diaz has major ju-jitsu on the ground. He was trying every time he was down but GSP neutralized it time and time again. -- All of us get lost in the darkness, dreamers learn to steer by the stars All of us do time in the gutter, dreamers turn to look at the cars - Peart / Lifeson / Lee Join Team Helix
If GSP had stood and traded with Diaz for five rounds, he would have played to Diaz' greatest strength and negated one of his own (wrestling). GSP threw some good kicks in this one, including a spinning kick that we haven't seen from him in the past while.
If we see GSP-Silva, I don't think it'll be for a while yet as I see Hendricks first and possibly Rory MacDonald as well as being next in line for title shots. -- All of us get lost in the darkness, dreamers learn to steer by the stars All of us do time in the gutter, dreamers turn to look at the cars - Peart / Lifeson / Lee Join Team Helix
I'll guarantee Koscheck wished he would have instead of having GSP turn his face into hamburger. GSP likes to push himself. He's a cat not a dog. He loves to play with his toys. -- Playing Montana @10PM EST. Thanks NCAA for sending way the hell out to San Diego to play an "East" regional.