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UFC 129 ‘St. Pierre vs. Shields’ Results, Recap, Bonuses & Live Gate

UFC 129 PosterUFC 129 took place earlier this evening at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

In the main event, Georges St. Pierre put his welterweight title on the line against Jake Shields.

In the co-main event, Jose Aldo defended his featherweight title against Mark Hominick.

Randy Couture stepped in the Octagon for the last time against Lyoto Machida.

Vladimir Matyushenko took on Jason Brilz in a light heavyweight bout.

Ben Henderson took on Mark Bocek in a lightweight bout.

Results, recap and bonuses after the jump.


  • Georges St. Pierre def. Jake Shields via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 48-47, 48-47)
  • Jose Aldo def. Mark Hominick via Unanimous Decision (48-45, 48-46, 49-46)
  • Lyoto Machida def. Randy Couture via KO (Kick) at 1:05 in Round 2
  • Vladimir Matyushenko def. Jason Brilz via KO (Punches) at :20 in Round 1
  • Ben Henderson def. Mark Bocek via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Rory MacDonald def. Nate Diaz via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Jake Ellenberger def. Sean Pierson via KO (Punch) at 2:42 in Round 1
  • Claude Patrick def. Daniel Roberts via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Ivan Menjivar def. Charlie Valencia via TKO (Punches) at 1:30 in Round 1
  • Jason MacDonald def. Ryan Jensen via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:37 in Round 1
  • John Makdessi def. Kyle Watson via KO (Spinning Backfist) at 1:27 in Round 3
  • Pablo Garza def. Yves Jabouin via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:31 in Round 1

Recap & Thoughts

Jake Ellenberger vs. Sean Pierson: Hey, guess what ?  Welterweight Jake Ellenberger can knock people out with one punch.  You know who knows that now?  Canadian Sean Pierson, who, after dancing around the cage with the American for a little over half a round, ate a left hook to the grill that sent him face-first to the canvas.  The official time of the KO was 2:42 of Round 1.

Ivan Menjivar vs. Charlie Valencia: What happens when you pair up two salty and scrappy bantamweights who’ve been playing the MMA game for a decade?  When it’s Ivan Menjivar and Charlie Valencia, you get sudden and violent crowd-pleasing finish.  For about a minute these guys felt each other out, but the second they tied up Menjivar landed a short elbow to Valencia’s beak that dropped him like a sack of potatoes.  Menjivar’s follow-up fists were merely semantics, as the referee was stepping in and waiving the bout off at 1:30 of the first round.

Nate Diaz vs. Rory MacDonald: Not since Dan Severn versus Anthony Macias have we seen a fighter get tossed around like a cheap grappling dummy, but that’s what we got when welterweight young buck Rory MacDonald suplexed TUF 5 winner Nate Diaz three times in a row.  Those throws were just a sample of the beating the Canadian laid down on the Stockton boy, which stretched over three rounds and ended with a 30-26, 30-27, 30-26 unanimous decision win for MacDonald.

Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen: Jason MacDonald made his return to the Octagon a fruitful one, as he forced Ryan Jensen to swim in his jiu-jitsu waters, splashed him with grappling dominance, and nearly drowned him with a triangle choke.  Jensen tapped at 1:37 of Round 1.

Mark Bocek vs. Ben Henderson: Aside from a loss to the gravity-defying Anthony Pettis, Ben Henderson was a badass in the WEC.  But how much does that badassery translate into UFC badassery?  Well, against jiu-jitsu man Mark Bocek, I’d say at about a ratio of 2:1.  Employing far superior strikes – including heavy punches, kicks and knees – the former WEC champ bloodied the Canadian nicely for all three rounds.  Henderson did, however, find himself in more than a few dangerous positions, but he found the exit to Bocek’s sub attempts repeatedly.  When time expired Henderson took the unanimous decision.

Jason Brilz vs. Vladimir Matyushenko: Belarussian wrestler Vladimir Matyushenko promised to throw punches, and he lived up to his promise in a big way.  Nailing Jason Brilz with a right uppercut and a follow-up left, “The Janitor” sent his foe to the mat and starched him completely with a barrage of hammerfists.  Referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in and ended it at :20 of Round 1, giving Matyushenko the win via TKO.

Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin: The bad thing about being tall and lanky like Pablo Garza is the fierce leg kicks you have to absorb when fighting Yves Jabouin.  The good thing about being tall and lanky like Garza, however, is the flying triangle you’re able to slap on Jabouin and secure for the tap out.  The official time of the submission was 4:31 of Round 1.

Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida: The key phrase for Randy Couture’s swan song against Lyoto Machida: “karate rules”.  Dodging “The Natural’s” attempts to clinch with deft footwork and punishing strikes, “The Dragon” waited until Round 2 before busting out the karate move to end all karate moves – the front kick – and like Anderson Silva did to Vitor Belfort, Machida had put Couture away.  It was all over at 1:05 of the round.

Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick: There’s grueling and there’s grueling, and the five-round war between featherweight champ Jose Aldo and challenger Mark Hominick was GRUELING.  For the first four frames, Aldo wrecked his opponent’s lead leg with kicks, scored takedown after takedown, and once he figured out Hominick’s timing, plastered him with more than a few crosses.  The stoppage seemed close when the Canadian had his eye swollen shut and his forehead dominated by a monster hematoma, but the doctor miraculously let it go, and in the final round Hominick got the takedown and battered Aldo from top position.  It was too little too late, though, and Aldo retained his belt with a unanimous decision.

Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields: It was far from thrilling, but welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre got the job done, one strike at a time.  For five rounds these two stood and swung – an inexplicable game plan for Jakes Shields, whose skills on the feet pale in comparison to the Canadian’s.  Sadly, there were no flashes of sudden excitement, and while St. Pierre dished out a few choice blows and got his eye messed up in return, he was in control for most of it.  Where was Shields’ takedowns and jiu-jitsu?  He apparently left them in the locker room, and St. Pierre took the unanimous decision for the lapse.

John Makdessi vs. Kyle Watson: Clearly, Kyle Watson loves getting hit in the face, as evidenced by his pursuit around the cage of superior striker John Makdessi and the subsequent knuckle sandwiches he kept eating over and over again.  Still, by Round 3 Watson’s appetite was still not satisfied, so Makdessi fed him a spinning backfist for the KO at 1:27 of the round.  Then Watson was sated.

Bonuses $129,000

Submission of the Night: Pablo Garza
Knockout of the Night: Lyoto Machida
Fight of the Night: Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick

Live Gate

Gate: $12.075 million
Attendance: 55,724

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