UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields lived up to its not inconsiderable billing even if its namesake did not.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's first foray into the province of Ontario and the city of Toronto went off with a minimum of hitches. The Rogers Centre crowd was electric and appreciative of the sport in all its facets, growing restless only once the entire event and mildly so the one time it did happen.
The Canadian fighters came out on top in the majority of their matches and in the most important one.
Only the muted affair between UFC Welterweight Champion Georges "Rush" St-Pierre and game challenger Jake Shields marred an otherwise stellar night. Even the GSP-Shields clash delivered to a degree, it just wasn't the triumphant capstone to the evening many hoped and expected it to be—myself included.
Nevertheless, UFC 129 was a smashing success.
UFC Featherweight Champion Jose "Junior" Aldo and Mark "The Machine" Hominick put on a show for the ages in the other half of the co-main event, earning Fight of the Night honor.
Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida sent Randy "The Natural" Couture into retirement with one of the greatest knockouts you'll ever see. Of course, the Dragon was only following the lead set by the preliminary card, where five of seven bouts ended before the judges got involved.
So Dana White, Joe Silva and the rest of the UFC powers-that-be still know how to put on a historic event, delivering at UFC 129 much like they did at UFC 100. But we pretty much knew that going in—Saturday night was more a reminder of the fact.
Here are the real lessons we learned in Toronto.