Well, what was supposed to happen happened. Georges St. Pierre came prepared this time, and he rectified what was perhaps the biggest of all of last year’s upsets. In the UFC’s trip to first trip to Canada, GSP set the MMA world right again and defeated Matt Serra, in dominant fashion. St. Pierre is the undisputed UFC Welterweight Champion.
- Georges St. Pierre defeats Matt Serra via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Rich Franklin defeats Travis Lutter via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Michael Bisping defeats Charles McCarthy via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Mac Danzig defeats Mark Bocek by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round Three
- Nate Quarry defeats Kalib Starnes via Unanimous Decision
- Jason MacDonald defeats Joe Doerksen via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Jason Day defeats Alan Belcher via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Demian Maia defeats Ed Herman via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round Two
- Rich Clementi defeats Sam Stout via Split Decision
- Cain Velasquez defeats Brad Morris via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Jonathan Goulet defeats Kuniyoshi Hironaka via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Knockout of the Night: Jason MacDonald
- Submission of the Night: Demian Maia
- Fight of the Night: Jonathan Goulet/Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Post-Fight Press Conference
As always, Steve Cofield has the audio from the post-fight press conference.
I can’t say I was too excited about this card. Outside of the main event, I was only semi-interested in a few of the fights. However, it turned out to be a fairly decent night of fights.
What else can you say about GSP? He absolutely dominated Matt Serra in that fight. He had no interest in standing up and risking getting caught, so he took the fight to the ground. Serra may be a BJJ specialist, but GSP was just too quick and explosive for Serra to use it. I admit I was one of the many that questioned GSP’s mental state and how that would affect this fight. He shut me up. I’m still not sure why the ref stopped the fight. I guess Serra wasn’t “intelligently defending” his ribs? I think he should have let them go and allowed the fight to go to the third, but it really wouldn’t have mattered. GSP straight up put a beat down on Serra. He wasn’t coming back. Call me impressed.
I picked Travis Lutter for the upset on Rich Franklin. He almost had it. Props to Rich for getting out of that arm bar and picking Lutter apart. Lutter was absolutely gassed in the second round. No question about what he needs to improve upon first. Anyone for a Franklin/Henderson match?
Michael Bisping looked real good at middleweight. He was much quicker, crisper, and more confident at 185 than he was at 205. He has a chance to be a contender, but he’s got some tough competition to get through before he gets a shot at Anderson Silva. Even if he did make it that far, I don’t see Bisping ever holding the belt while Anderson still has it.
I’m usually not a fan of fighters acting like idiots in the ring, but Quarry’s performance at the end of the fight with Kalib Starnes was pretty amusing. I’m pretty sure I have never, and will never see again, the flailing arm move (what else to call it?) again in mixed martial arts. And Starnes was still running from him while he was doing it! I don’t know why Starnes went to Canada because it surely wasn’t to fight. Quarry’s Rocky IV speech just capped it off.
Of all the preliminary fights, Goulet/Hironaka was the absolute last one I wanted to see. So when it popped up that they were showing them, I was quite pissed, but wow, how about that fight? It was the best fight of the night and they absolutely deserved the FOTN bonus. The preliminary card fighters usually get screwed on the bonuses so it was nice to actually see them and two other prelim guys get it. They’re the ones who need it. I’m sure the $75,000 was a little bit more than Goulet was able to get for the ad space on his head.
Last but not least, I thought Kenny Florian did a great job filling in for Joe Rogan. A first-time UFC viewer would have never known he hasn’t been doing this for years. Kenny certainly has something to fall back on when he’s done fighting.