UFC 158 went down Saturday night from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In a main event three years in the making, hometown favorite Georges St-Pierre put his welterweight title on the wire against an underdog and a personal rival in Stockton, Calif., native Nick Diaz.
Throughout fight week, the animosity between these two built like war drums. The caustic but charismatic Diaz entered trash-talking hyperspace, calling St-Pierre pampered, openly accusing him of steroid use (a claim St-Pierre has always flatly denied) and gleefully disrespecting the champ at every turn.
St-Pierre, typically stoic and stiffly courteous in front of a microphone, lost his composure more than once, referring to his opponent as an "uneducated fool" and a bully.
The main event certainly stole the spotlight Saturday night, but as always, great matchups and memorable moments covered the card, from Facebook to finale.
Anyone can regurgitate all the stat lines, but do those lines tell you who the real winners and losers were Saturday night in Quebec? No, sir or madam. No, sir or madam, they do not.
Who emerged in a stronger position? Who took a step back? Who became a star, and who became a heel? Fighters, judges, referees, observers, beverage vendors: No one is safe.