Tag:Georges St. Pierre
Posted on: March 27, 2010 11:49 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2010 12:46 am
UFC welterweight champion Georges "Rush" St-Pierre defends his title vs. Dan "Outlaw" Hardy in GSP's first fight since UFC 100 last summer.
If Hardy manages to win this fight, it will rank among the biggest upsets in MMA history. And if Hardy wins, it almost has to be via TKO or KO, since Hardy's fists are about the only way he gets out of this with a W.
The more likely scenario is that overwhelming favorite GSP takes this kid to school and leaves the cage with the gold. Place your bets.
Round 1: They each land a right jab. St-Pierre takes Hardy down with a double leg. Hardy pulls his leg up into triangle position but can't keep it there because St-Pierre is passing to side control too quickly. Hardy scrambles to his knees and St-Pierre takes his back. St-Pierre starts with a rear naked choke attempt and tries to transition to an armbar, but Hardy escapes to top position. Hardy stands up and is instantly taken back down by St-Pierre.
Hardy with a very tight closed guard. It doesn't matter. St-Pierre breaks free and passes to full mount. Hardy gives up his back and St-Pierre takes it. Hardy stands up and tries to shake free, but ends up back on the mat. St-Pierre slaps on an armbar and cranks on it, to the point where it looks about to snap. Hardy spins out of it and breaks free, surviving the round. 10-9 St-Pierre, maybe 10-8.
Round 2: Hardy is all smiles at the start of Round 2. He is loving this entire experience. Hardy lands a left jab. Inside leg kick by St-Pierre. Right hook by Hardy is dodged by GSP. St-Pierre with a very fast single leg takedown into half guard, then side control. He makes it look so easy. St-Pierre buries a few knees in Hardy's ribs.
St-Pierre tries to pass to full mount and Hardy scrambles, giving up his back again. Hardy shakes loose and ends up on top in GSP's guard. St-Pierre escapes and they're squaring off again. Hardy needs to let his hands go. Left head kick by Hardy is blocked.
Hardy lands a left hook and St-Pierre answers with a big right. Hardy smiles at him. Superman punch by St-Pierre connects, and he follows up with a double leg takedown. 10-9 St-Pierre.
Round 3: Between rounds, Greg Jackson told St-Pierre to stop trying to pass when he takes Hardy down. St-Pierre takes Hardy down again and starts throwing fists from above. Hardy pushes off with his feet and actually connects with some short punches from the bottom. St-Pierre elevates his stance and tries to throw some bombs down at Hardy, but aborts that idea when Hardy tries to take an armbar.
St-Pierre tries to work an armbar from the top, but Hardy pulls free. Hardy escapes to his feet briefly, but St-Pierre keeps a leg on the way up, and throws him back down. St-Pierre is in side control now. He takes Hardy's back but Hardy's hips are high, so he shakes him off. 10-9 St-Pierre heading into the championship rounds.
Round 4: Another takedown by St-Pierre. Hardy scrambles and gives up his back again, but he's able to re-establish full guard. St-Pierre tries to get some striking going, stacking Hardy near the cage. St-Pierre has side control. St-Pierre establishes a kimura and yanks on it, with more than a minute left. Hardy looks ready to tap, but he doesn't. Eventually, he breaks free.
St-Pierre is back in side control. Hardy is unable to do anything but survive and escape on the ground, but he's doing those things pretty well. Still, St-Pierre is just dominating him. 10-9 St-Pierre. Fifth and final round coming up.
Round 5: Hardy's corner says "You've got to hit him now." You don't say. St-Pierre with a straight left into a right leg kick, and a takedown. The crowd is booing. Hardy scrambles to his knees. St-Pierre throws some knees to the ribs. Hardy goes to his back again, holding St-Pierre in half guard. St-Pierre takes another armbar, but aborts it.
Hardy is exhausted. St-Pierre throwing short fists and elbows on the ground. St-Pierre again tries for a kimura and can't hold it. Hardy gets to his feet long enough to be slammed back to the canvas. St-Pierre tries a kneebar at the buzzer. 10-9 St-Pierre, so I score the fight 50-45 for the champ.
Winner: Georges St-Pierre defeats Dan Hardy via unanimous decision (50-43, 50-44, 50-45) after five rounds to retain the UFC welterweight title.
St-Pierre apologizes to the fans for not being able to finish the fight. Hardy says it was an honor to fight GSP, and he now understands why he's the champ.
When asked why he didn't give up to either of the ugly armbars he was caught in, Hardy tells Joe Rogan "I don't know the meaning of 'tap.'"
GSP has reached the point where virtually everyone is expected to lose to him, so it's no surprise that a relatively one-dimensional fighter like Hardy was expected to get obliterated. For Hardy, lasting five rounds against St-Pierre is a pretty big victory in itself. He probably should have let his hands go a bit more in the early rounds. He was clearly in all-defensive mode on the ground, but with a beast like GSP tossing you around, there's not much shame in that.
I'm not sure St-Pierre has anything to apologize for, either. Hardy simply wasn't going to tap out. Other fighters would have. When you look at it that way, the only thing GSP did "wrong" was that he couldn't break the arm and force a stoppage.
Now comes the hard part: Who does GSP fight next?
Posted on: March 26, 2010 4:39 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2010 4:41 pm
One of the most dominant fighters in MMA -- and perhaps the single best pound-for-pound fighter in the world -- Georges St. Pierre returns to the Octagon on Saturday, defending his title against Dan "Outlaw" Hardy at UFC 111 in Newark, N.J.
CBSSports.com will have live round-by-round coverage and analysis of the fights, as they happen, on Saturday. Check back at this link for frequent updates on fight night.
Weigh-ins took place Friday afternoon in Jersey. Full UFC 111 card -- and official fighter weights -- below.
Markham missed weight by a significant margin, but Diaz agreed to the fight anyway. It's now a catchweight bout.
Posted on: January 30, 2010 9:58 pm
The Showtime broadcast of tonight's show begins at 10 p.m. ET, so hang tight for the blog to resume at that time.
According to our press materials, Bobby Lashley vs. Wes Sims should be the opening fight of the broadcast. Incidentally, I heard a rumor that folks with DirecTV are getting a free Showtime preview this weekend.
By the way, Georges St. Pierre just strolled into the arena to lots of cheers. Mousasi happened to be right behind him. There's a couple of halfway decent fighters for you.
Posted on: August 10, 2008 12:14 am
Edited on: August 10, 2008 12:56 am
The main event up next, as Georges St. Pierre defends the welterweight title against Jon Fitch, who still hasn't lost in the UFC.
Round 1: GSP immediately takes Fitch down with a double leg. Fitch with a closed guard. GSP working elbows and fists to the head but Fitch is defending very well. GSP with a pair of fists to the jaw as Fitch tries to get up. Fitch gets upright for a split second before GSP takes him to the canvas again. Fitch back up. Fitch throws a kick and eats a big right hand that rocks him. GSP follows him down with a series of hard punches to the face. Fitch absorbs a ton of shots before working to scramble back to his feet. Fitch gets up but he's on rubber legs. St. Pierre with a series of punches that brings Fitch back to his knees. GSP follows him down and strikes him with elbows. GSP passes Fitch's guard, with is the first time anyone in the UFC has ever done that. The round ends with Fitch struggling to improve his position. 10-9 St. Pierre, maybe even 10-8.
Round 2: Fitch looks to trade. St. Pierre with jabs. Punch to the ribs by Fitch. GSP landing more jabs. Fitch with a body shot and tries to throw a knee but misses. GSP with jabs and a body kick. Fitch throwing lots of fists and knees but not connecting with much. GSP with a spinning back kick, then back to the jab. Fitch's nose is bloody. Fitch with a nice left hand. Fitch is more aggressive now. GSP shoots and Fitch stuffs it. GSP with a left and Fitch answers with an uppercut. Right hand and spinning back kick by GSP as the round ends. GSP 20-18, although Fitch seems to have recovered nicely from the disasterous first round. He's still in it.
Round 3: GSP rocks Fitch with a big right counterpunch and Fitch crumbles to the canvas. GSP takes Fitch's back and tries to get the hooks in, but Fitch scrambles to top position and GSP takes guard. Fitch with punches to the ribs and the side of GSP's head. GSP closes his guard. Fitch keeps busy with punches to the body and head. GSP sweeps and escapes to his feet, then takes Fitch down. GSP on top with Fitch's head back against the fence. Fitch gets to his knees and GSP hits him with a right before letting him up. Leg kick by GSP and Fitch counters with a fist. Fitch throws a leg kick and GSP tries for a takedown. Fitch punches his way off the cage. GSP lands a nice head kick and a knee to the left side of Fitch's head and Fitch falls again. He scrambles back to his feet but GSP has him cornered and is banging away. Takedown by St. Pierre and the round ends. 30-27 St. Pierre, but you have to admire Fitch's toughness. He should have been knocked out long ago.
Round 4: Fitch throwing knees and kicks. St. Pierre is now bleeding near his left eye. Fitch with a body kick. Fitch shoots for a takedown off a jab and St. Pierre stuffs him. Left jab by St. Pierre. Fitch with a left jab of his own. Fitch works the left cross and aims for GSP's cut. Fitch with another takedown attempt and GSP won't go down. Fitch fights for the takedown and finally lets the leg go, as GSP takes him to his back. GSP works some ground and pound with Fitch's head against the fence. GSP tries and fails to take a leg as the round ends. GSP 40-36.
Round 5: St. Pierre with a nice left hand. He mixes in a leg kick with more fists. Spinning backfist by St. Pierre connects on the button. GSP takes Fitch back to the canvas and throws body and head punches. St. Pierre drops two heavy left hands down on Fitch. GSP with elbows to Fitch's jaw. GSP lands another pair of lefts as Fitch powers back to his feet. St. Pierre takes him right back to the mat and throws more elbows to the face. St. Pierre spends the rest of the fight stifling Fitch's attempts to get back up and throwing short strikes. 50-45 St. Pierre. A dominant performance by a tremendous athlete, and Fitch was most definitely a worthy opponent.
Winner: Georges St. Pierre defeats Jon Fitch via unanimous decision (50-43, 50-44, 50-44) after five rounds to retain the UFC welterweight title.
Posted on: August 9, 2008 9:54 am
Edited on: August 9, 2008 9:56 am
I'll have a live blog of UFC 87 starting later tonight, at roughly 9:45 p.m. ET. Be sure to check back for round-by-round coverage of the fights.
Everybody made weight on Friday, with Brock Lesnar once again getting a hero's welcome:
My guess is there will be a loud contingent of fans saying that Brock sucks and writing him off for good, just because he couldn't waltz into the top promotion in the sport with a 1-0 record and immediately dominate guys like Mir and Herring. People forget that Brock never really got the chance to work his way up the ladder. The guy has two professional fights on his record as we speak, but he's being talked about as a total bust if he can't beat guys with years of experience.
Brock could smash Herring and all of this would become irrelevant. But if he loses, will UFC fans allow him to start fighting guys with similar experience without crying that he's being "protected"? Something tells me there will be some serious ignorance flying around the internet if and when Brock goes 0-2 in the UFC. Give the guy a chance to learn.