UFC 154 offered a mixed bag of action for fight fans on Saturday night in Montreal. The main card was highlighted by the return of the dominant welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre. and the emergence of a new No. 1 contender in the weight class, Carlos Condit.
The card was well worth the price of admission for the co-main and main events alone.
Here's a quick recap of how each fight went down and what may be on the horizon for each fight's winner and loser.
Pablo Garza defeats Mark Hominick via Unanimous Decision
Hominick was the big favorite heading into this bout, but apparently no one told Garza that he wasn't supposed to win.
The first round went as expected. After relatively even stand-up exchanges, Hominick forced Garza to the mat, fought off an armbar attempt and proceeded to build a lead by virtue of his ground-and-pound.
The second round would turn out to be much different, as Garza was able to control the action for most of the round. Homing in on Hominick's cut eye, Garza was able to seize control of the fight with a series of punches and elbows.
The final frame played out much like the second, with Garza dominating from bell to bell. Hominick stood tall, but it was Garza's size and work rate that made the difference.
Next for Garza: He's still pretty far in the pecking order at featherweight, but a fight against Darren Elkins would be interesting. Elkins defeated Steven Siler earlier on the card.
Next for Hominick: That's Hominick's fourth consecutive loss. He's not done by any means, but it would be surprising to see his next fight in the UFC.
Rafael dos Anjos defeats Mark Bocek via Unanimous Decision
Rafael dos Anjos moved another step up the ladder with a unanimous decision victory over Mark Bocek.
Dos Anjos thoroughly dominated the fight, as he showed time and time again that he was the superior fighter in all facets. Dos Anjos' takedown defense and striking were on full display as he consistently forced Bocek to fight his style while picking him apart.
The judges were all in agreement with dos Anjos as the clear-cut winner, as he was awarded all three rounds on every scorecard.
Next for dos Anjos: Winner of Matt Wiman/TJ Grant
Next for Bocek: Loser of Matt Wiman/TJ Grant
Francis Carmont defeats Tom Lawlor via Split Decision
Francis Carmont was the favorite coming into this fight, but Tom Lawlor certainly put in his best effort to pull off the upset.
As his "Filthy" moniker would suggest, Lawlor made this fight as dirty and ugly as he could. Lawlor consistently looked to smother Carmont and effectively closed the distance throughout the fight.
Unfortunately for Lawlor, Carmont was able to defend every submission attempt and continued to fire off offense of his own with kicks and punches when given some space to operate. Despite a solid showing from Lawlor, Carmont picked up two rounds on two of the judges score cards and netted a split decision victory.
Next for Carmont: He picked up the win but didn't look impressive in doing so; someone like Ed Herman would make some sense.
Next for Lawlor: Alessio Sakara
Johny Hendricks defeats Martin Kampmann via Knockout (Round 1 0:46)
Fans expecting to see a long drawn-out battle between Hendricks and Kampmann were disappointed. Hendricks once again showed that he is owner of some of the most powerful hands in the sport.
"Big Rig" landed a crisp two-punch combo that sent Kampmann crashing down to the campus and forced the ref to call the fight shortly thereafter. Considering Kampmann's recent resume against top welterweights, this was a huge win.
Next for Hendricks: A shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Next for Kampmann: Erick Silva is also coming coming off a loss and would provide an entertaining matchup.
Georges St-Pierre Defeats Carlos Condit via Unanimous Decision
Any questions about the health of Georges St-Pierre's knee were erased early on. GSP had no issues taking Condit down in the first round, where he executed his signature dominance from the top in convincing fashion.
However, the fight would get a lot more interesting from there. After another dominant round from GSP, Condit landed a big kick in the third that rocked St-Pierre.
In the brief moments that the fight was standing, Condit was able to get the better of the exchanges. The difference was ultimately GSP's uncanny ability to dominate the fight on the ground that ultimately saw him dominate the judges' scorecards.
The fight was much more close than the scorecards indicate, but GSP once again reigns supreme over the welterweight division.
Next for St-Pierre: A title defense against Johny Hendricks.
Next for Condit: A rematch with Nick Diaz makes the most sense in terms of draw.