The UFC made its final trip to Canada of the year for UFC 154, and the most popular Canadian fighter in the world proved why he’s also one of the most dominant.
Georges St-Pierre fought five hard rounds against Carlos Condit, using his wrestling and top control to dominate the majority of the fight, but it was a third-round head kick from Condit the provided the most exciting moment of Saturday night.
The strike caught St-Pierre unaware and sent him falling to the mat, and Condit showed the finishing instincts that earned him the nickname “Natural Born Killer.”
However, the champion would survive and St-Pierre ended up reversing the position and turning the fight back in his favor.
With the win over Condit, St-Pierre just added another title defense on his already incredible resume, but after getting himself into trouble for the first time in years, GSP showed a vulnerability that we aren’t used to seeing from the champion.
UFC 154 gave us a memorable title fight and a new appreciation for St-Pierre, but every fight card features fighters either climbing the ranks or slowly descending down the list of title contenders; this post-fight stock report covers the entire UFC 154 main card.
Even though GSP was hurt for the first time in what feels like forever, his performance was incredibly impressive considering the career-threatening injury he suffered just over a year ago.
St-Pierre showed no signs of lingering injury during his five-round war with Condit, and the fact that he completely dominated the majority of the bout proved that he’s not going to relinquish his throne atop the welterweight division anytime soon.
It wasn’t a perfect fight for St-Pierre, but it was exciting and he still looked dominant in victory.
You can’t criticize too much of Condit’s performance, but the loss is going to send him a few rungs down the welterweight ladder.
Condit had more success against St-Pierre than anyone in recent memory, and it won’t take more than another win or two for him to get right back into title contention.
Ladies and Gentlemen, your new welterweight No. 1 contender.
Johny Hendricks and his left hand are quickly on their way to becoming legendary after knocking out Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann in under a minute, and it looks like “Bigg Rigg” is the front-runner to get the next shot at GSP’s title.
After seeing Kampmann get wrecked by Hendricks on Saturday night, it’s hard to envision him getting back into title contention in the near future.
Kampmann’s chin has been tested by some of the best in the division, and the wear is starting to show. It’s true that Kampmann has only been rocked by fighters with a ton of power in their hands, but the majority of the top fighters in the welterweight division have KO power—and that will continue to cause Kampmann problems.
Even in a win, Francis Carmont loses.
The fight between Carmont and Lawlor was grueling to watch, and neither fighter is going to get much of a boost after that one.
Rafael dos Anjos is quickly becoming a fighter to watch in the already stacked lightweight division.
A win over Mark Bocek is a good feather to have in your cap, and the way dos Anjos completely dominated a talented grappler like Bocek proves he’s ready for another step up in the 155-pound division.
Bocek has never been the most exciting fighter, but his last two PPV bouts have been snoozefests to say the least.
His grappling game has been enough to earn him wins against a lot of the mid-tier fighters in the lightweight division, but he is still looking to get that big win against a top opponent and he’ll have to work his way back toward the top before getting a noteworthy opponent.
That was an incredible performance from Pablo Garza.
The featherweight showed off his wrestling and top control while raining punches down toward Mark Hominick, and he held his own against one of the most talented strikers in the division on the feet.
He still has a lot to prove before he’s considered anywhere near the top of the division, but Garza is slowly making the climb toward title contention.
It’s been a tough 18 months for Mark Hominick, and after suffering his fourth straight loss inside the Octagon, it’s officially time for Hominick to start fearing for his job.
Hominick is a fan favorite and the UFC would probably like to keep him around, but unless he is able to revert to his old form, he will likely be on the unemployment line after his next fight.