UFC 124: Kosheck’s Mental Edge Won’t Be Enough Against GSP

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Josh Kosheck has managed to get under Georges St. Pierre’s skin ahead of the duo’s UFC Welterweight title fight on Saturday but Al Dannity says this will only make GSP even more determined to defeat the American.

Expect more striking from GSP UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre has changed up his game ahead of his title defense against Josh Kosheck on Saturday. GSP, who was recently described by Dana White as Canada’s most famous sportsman (yes even more than the Great One), met with legendary Boxing trainer Freddie Roach to work on his punching technique in recent months. MMA betting fans should see this as a sign that GSP wants to bring a more efficient striking game to the octagon on Saturday night.

The move makes sense as while St. Pierre is an exceptional wrestler, he is facing one of the few men that might test him in that department on Saturday. Kosheck however had, up until his fight with Paul Daley, always shown excessive confidence in his own striking game. While Kosheck can match any man on the mat, he simply isn’t on a par with elite strikers in the division. The American has done plenty to get inside GSP’s head approaching this fight but that approach tends to backfire against the pound-for-pound king. I like GSP to dominate from the start and win by decision. Bet on Georges St. Pierre to win by decision at +157 with Sports Interaction.

Struve can win with speed Sean McCorkle puts his undefeated record on the line against Stefan Struve in a heavyweight match-up on Saturday night. McCorkle, 34, has only fought 10 times in his career but has won all of those match-ups. Big Sexy, aka the Hater, aka the Alpha Male, aka whatever nickname he settles on this week is taking a big step up against Struve. Previously he has mostly faced opponents that made the Pillsbury Doughboy look sleek but Struve is a whole new ball game. While not in the elite ranks, the 6’11” Dutchman is remarkably fast for his size and will be more than willing to take the fight to McCorkle on the inside. I expect this one to be quick and brutal, with McCorkle’s bloated record blowing up in his face. Only another bout of food poisoning for Struve will stop the giant from claiming another victim. Bet on Stefan Struve as a -167 favorite with Sports Interaction.

Miller won’t go down easy The lightweight contest between Jim Miller and Charles Oliveira has the potential to be the fight of the night. Oliveira, a young electrifying Brazilian, comes into the fight with an unbeaten record but has yet to face an opponent with the experience of Miller. Only Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, the UFC Lightweight Champion and #1 contender respectively, have ever beaten Miller and he enters this match-up on five fight winning streak. Bettors have been all over Oliveira, putting Miller in the unlikely position of the underdog. Experience should triumph on Saturday night. Bet on Jim Miller for the upset at +105 with Sports Interaction.

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