UFC 83 was a huge success on April 19. The sport has come a long way from the days where few fans turned in and few spectators paid to see live events.
The fans in Montreal made UFC 83 the most successful show to date, selling out the arena in less than half n'hour.
In the Octagon, the event itself was even more phenomenal.
Mac Danzig submitted Mark Bocek with a rear naked choke.
Michael Bisping destroyed Charles McCarthy's arms with vicious knees.
Nate Quarry attempted to push the fight so hard that he began to run around jokingly just for Kalib Starnes to punch him.
Rich Franklin escaped a near impossible submission attempt to beat a diminshed Travis Lutter.
In the main event, Georges St. Pierre demolished Matt Serra at his own game with beautiful jiu jitsu, striking, and wrestling.
The fight started with Serra throwing his haymaking punch diving his head under, throwing it right off the bat, but this time GSP would not be caught. St. Pierre took Serra down as if it was nothing.
Despite Serra being given the advantage on his back, despite Serra's confidence on the ground, despite Renzo's Gracie refusal to train Jiu Jitsu with George for conflicting interest; Georges St. Pierre passed Serra's guard as if it was nothing.
His Jiu Jitsu was spectacular, and he made sure to remind Serra why MMA is so different from the Abu Dahbi. After getting clocked with some very heavy shots, the champ Serrra began to be dazed and tired.
When the fight was again on its feet, Serra continued to eat St. Pierre's lightning quick punches. Again, Serra threw his haymaker, and again St. Pierre executed a beautiful bob-and-weave and slammed Serra to the mat.
Eventually, Serra ended up in the turtle position and was seemingly praying while defending his back. St. Pierre abandoned his back attack and rained down devastating knees upon Serra's side. After the fourth knee landed, the referee stepped in and called off St. Pierre's onslaught.
The new champ celebrated in his old fahion by doing his backflip, and this time he landed it. After the fight, GSP showed pure gentlemanly behavior by hugging Serra, congratulating him, and asked his adoring fans to cheer for his opponent.
Serra responded by raising St. Pierre's hand, picking the new champ up and carrying him across the Octagon. With the biggest event in UFC history occurring in Montreal, and with St. Pierre headlining and fighting his nemesis, GSP's dream has come true.
It has often been written who is the best at which particular disciplne of Mixed Martial Arts: Serra in Jiu Jitsu, Koscheck in wrestling, Parysian in Judo.
Despite what is written in other tournaments (Abu Dahbi, Olympic Judo Trials, NCAA wrestling, etc.) GSP showed that the complete athlete with drive and determination can even destroy his opponent at his own game.
GSP has out wrestled the greatest wrestlers, beaten his nemesis, and has solidified his place in history. I was excited to see what a true mixed martial arts athlete could accomplish. GSP's grace, finesse and sheer power has echoed in a new era of mixed martial arts.
Gone are the days of the Gracies. Gone are the days of the pure strikers.
Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva have proven that, to be at the top of this sport, you must be a complete athlete. With Georges St. Pierre's win, he proved that lightning doesn't strike twice.