UFC 129 Recap: The Best and Worst Fights

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UFC 129 Recap: The Best and Worst Fights

In a much anticipated event and card, UFC 129 was an overall success as the organization made its debut in the city of Toronto to a record crowd of just over 55,000 in attendance.

There were a number of great fights and knockouts in the card as was expected. Unfortunately for the main event participant, Canadian welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, he wasn't featured in any of the highlight reels and for good reason.

GSP had a rather dissappointing night, rarely doing anything spectacular and reluctant to do anything other than jab and occassionally kick his way to another five-round decision victory.

Now, the fact that he suffered an eye poke near the end of the second round and as a result had his vision disrupted, must be considered to have contributed greatly to his all in all poor showing.

However there were moments in the fight that GSP had Shields stunned, at least momentarily (head kick) but again he failed to capitalize and instead chose to allow Shields to regain his equilibrium before proceeding to again outpoint the challenger in what proved to be a stand up chess match instead of a UFC championship fight.

The fight even failed to impress some of GSP's biggest fans in his home country as boos could be heard between the third and fifth rounds.

Now every fighter is entitled to having a bad fight, unfortunately for GSP it came at a crucial time in his career when the organization was setting him up to fight the other best "pound for pound" fighter in the world, Anderson Silva.

The fact is, eye poke aside, he did not do enough in the fight to convince people that he would have a realistic chance of beating the middleweight champion.

At the end of the fight, when asked about the possibility of taking on Silva by commentator Joe Rogan, the usually confident champion sounded somewhat reluctant to answer the question clearly.

Instead, he chose to use dubious statements like "maybe," "I don't know" and "we will see." The poor fight seemed to have sapped GSP's conviction as a legitimate threat to Silva's pound-for-pound throne.

Although the main event was a rather disappointing and lacklustre affair, there were some very impressive finishes and fights in the card. Here's a look at the best fights and finishes of UFC 129 

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