The welterweight title fight between Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit was a fantastic fight that really went above and beyond the expectations of most fight fans.
In looking at a full-fight technical breakdown, it is easy to notice how well these two men matched up. Even though St-Pierre came out with a clean sweep on two of the judge's scorecards, it really was a great fight.
The first round saw GSP work his strikes from the outside before establishing an often-seen game plan. That game plan put Condit on his back.
GSP went between half guard and full guard, landing some ground-and-pound while Condit fished for a couple of armbar attempts. After they got up, they went right back down and GSP opened up a nice cut over Condit's eye.
It was an easy 10-9 round for GSP.
In the second, GSP established his jab again, proving to be a top weapon for the champion. A failed leg kick attempt by Condit turned into a takedown by GSP.
More of the same this round, as GSP continued to carve up Condit. Easily a 10-9 round for the Canadian again.
The third round was the only one I scored for Condit. Early on in the round, Condit dropped GSP with a head kick which looked as if it could turn the tide of the fight.
GSP would earn a takedown after the knockdown. He dropped ground-and-pound while Condit continued to be aggressive with submission attempts off his back.
Just based off the damaging head kick, I gave Condit a 10-9 there.
The final two rounds were about the same. GSP won both rounds in my account using his jab and relentless takedowns.
In looking at this fight, wrestling and ground striking were the difference maker for GSP. Condit put on an admirable performance that saw him with his usual aggressive standup and submissions, in combination with his toughness.
Had I been a judge, 49-46 would have been my score. The head kick by Condit was probably the closest the fight was to being stopped, so that is a feather in his cap.