Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Result: Georges St-Pierre def. Johny Hendricks by split decision
What a strange, bizarre ending.
First, Hendricks won the fight 48-47 on my scorecard. I believe he won Rounds 1, 2 and 4. He bloodied St-Pierre with his heavy lefts, fended off the huge majority of GSP's takedowns and landed a few of his own.
St-Pierre did a few things of his own, of course. He landed a few jabs, some head kicks and a couple of takedowns. It's not like he was terrible in there. But at the same time, he wasn't the better fighter Saturday night.
Then, things took an even stranger turn when the long-discussed possible retirement announcement came to fruition. Well, sort of. He said he wanted to hang up his gloves "for a bit" because of "personal" circumstances. So, who really knows what that means?
All in all, it was a doubly strange ending to a very good fight. The whole thing was rather unsatisfying as a fan.
At the post-fight news conference, a livid Dana White called out just about everyone whose name he could remember, including St-Pierre. GSP later showed up and said he was unable to sleep, had "issues," felt he was "going crazy," had blurred vision from the fight and couldn't recall certain stretches of the action.
Scary stuff. Here's hoping St-Pierre makes the decision that's right for him. In the meantime, his half-retirement did just enough to leave everybody frustrated and confused.