GSP vs. Diaz Fight Card: Which Fight Stole the Show at UFC 158?

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2013

Mar 16, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN;  Johny Hendricks (blue) takes Carlos Condit (red) down to the mat during their main card bout at UFC 158 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
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Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit put on a fun fight last night Montreal. It was a fight that saw a power-punching wrestler take on a kickboxer with slick jiu-jitsu.

After three rounds of excitement, Hendricks prevailed as the winner via unanimous decision.

Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz were supposed to be the main attraction, but the fight between Condit and Hendricks stole the show. It was an exciting slugfest that occasionally saw Hendricks put Condit on his back with his solid wrestling.

Everybody at UFC 158 was excited for the drama that GSP-Diaz was bound to bring. All the talk of wolf tickets and hate between the two headliners was sure to be the talking point of the show.

From the opening bell, Condit and Hendricks threw hands, feet, knees and elbows. For every power strike Hendricks threw at Condit, Condit responded with a flying knee or a nasty combination of his own.

It won Fight of the Night for a reason; both men went all out for a chance to gain a welterweight title shot against Georges St. Pierre.

To say this fight stole the show is an understatement. The GSP-Diaz scrap was a complete domination display by the champion and failed to really stand out, especially with the memorable bout Condit and Hendricks put on.

In the end, Hendricks walked out of Montreal with the victory. His combination of powerful striking and wrestling proved to be the superior set of skills against Condit.

Condit did not walk out of Quebec empty-handed. Both he and Hendricks earned a $50,000 bonus for their combined effort in the Fight of the Night.

Now Hendricks is the top contender, but Condit is not far off from the title picture. That may be because this fight stole the show on GSP's home soil.