Georges St-Pierre retained his welterweight title following a controversial split-decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. St-Pierre then added to the confusion by semi-retiring in the cage right after the announcement.
The fight was undeniably close, with fans, fighters and media members erupting with shades of outrage, support and resignation in the moments following the decision.
St-Pierre won the main event 48-47, 47-48, 48-47. Judges Sal D'Amato and Tony Weeks had it 48-47 for St-Pierre, while Glenn Trowbridge scored it 48-47 for Hendricks.
The champion scored the first offense of the fight with a takedown very early in the first round. Hendricks would recover and they clinched and exchanged down the stretch, with Hendricks landing a late takedown of his own.
Hendricks appeared to tire in the middle rounds, but finished strong in the last round, with St-Pierre fairly consistent throughout. If faces alone could tell the tale of a fight, St-Pierre would have been the clear loser, bleeding for most of the fight and appearing noticeably discolored and lumpy in the cage after the fight.
After the decision was announced, St-Pierre stood jubilantly while Hendricks himself fell to the canvas in disbelief. The confusion and disbelief grew during St-Pierre's interview with broadcaster Joe Rogan, in which GSP appeared to essentially announce that he was taking a hiatus from the sport (report according to Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole).
"Listen everyone, there was a lot of talk about what was going to happen," St-Pierre said in the interview. "I have a bunch of stuff in my life, I need to turn in my gloves for a little bit. I'm at a point in my life, and all my fans, I appreciate [you]. Thank you to everyone, to the UFC, Johny Hendricks. I have to go away for a little bit, at least. There are some personal things. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart."
It is unclear how or if St-Pierre, Hendricks or the UFC will proceed from here. In the meantime, check out the video highlights from the controversial main event, courtesy of our good friends at Fox Sports.
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