On the 20th anniversary of the UFC; Georges St-Pierre managed to defend his Welterweight Championship against one of his toughest opponents to date, Johnny Hendricks.
It was a controversial split-decision as many in attendance and at home, including UFC President Dana White, believed Johnny Hendricks deserved to be holding the Championship belt after the fight, but took a shot at the ‘inept judging’, claiming they will destroy the UFC much like they have with boxing.
Disbelief at home, disbelief throughout the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada; GSP certainly took a punishment, as you can see in the picture above, his face did take quite a beating.
This was not what the 20th year anniversary of the UFC should have been overshadowed by, the victory moved GSP past Anderson Silva for most title bouts, now standing at 12 which is also GSP’s ninth successive title defence, and records continue to be broken by the Canadian.
With the wrestling skills of both men at the highest of standards, this fight was always going to be a standing game, and both men certainly gave as good as they got.
Hendricks started very strongly but GSP absorbed the massive onslaught and managed to hold strong, like a true champion, but it did not look as if he did enough.
In my eyes, Johnny Hendricks won each round, albeit very closely but Hendricks did do enough to walk out the victor, and bad judging continues to overshadow the fights, in both boxing and the UFC.
Hendricks fell to his knees as the decision was announced by Bruce Buffer, 48-47, 47-48 and 48-47 for GSP.
But Georges St-Pierre was quick to praise his opponent, and showed his true class and why he is respected.
“Without a doubt, my toughest fight. I couldn’t see out of one of my eyes,” he said.
“I have to step away for a little bit,” he added.
Just like Chris Weidman has given Anderson Silva a rematch, Dana White said St-Pierre should also give Hendricks a rematch, it is what he deserves.
GSP had to go from the octagon to the hospital to get stitches for his badly-beaten face, but Hendricks did reiterate he should be the champion.
“I am the champion, the judges ripped my heart out tonight.”
In the post-fight conference, Hendricks did praise GSP as a serious competitor, but continued to state he thought he won the fight.
Now with a 15-2 record, Hendricks managed to completely take GSP out of his comfort zone, his strikes and knees proved to be too much for St-Pierre.
Once the biggest draw in UFC history takes some time off to sort his personal problem out, we should look forward to seeing another great fight between two warriors, whether Hendricks can walk out as champion this time, it remains to be seen.
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