UFC 154 took place tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Tonight’s card was headlined by a UFC welterweight title unification bout between champion Georges St-Pierre and interim champion Carlos Condit. In the end, St-Pierre became the undisputed welterweight in a fantastic fight with Condit. In the night’s co-main event, Johny Hendricks landed a “Knockout of the Year” candidate over Martin Kampmann.
In other action, fighters Francis Carmont, Rafael dos Anjos, and Pablo Garza were all victorious. Make sure to check out our full UFC 154 coverage.
St-Pierre Defeats Condit in a Fantastic Fight
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre clearly felt the eighteen-month layoff but showed why he was the champion by overcoming adversity in a fantastic fight with interim champion Carlos Condit. This was a bout where the score did not reflect the action, as both men left all they had in the Octagon.
The “Natural Born Killer” would put GSP in one of the most harrowing positions of career in the third round after landing a gorgeous head kick that sent the Quebecois fighter reeling to the mat. Condit would swarm and try to finish the fight there but GSP showed his heart and overcame the moment to not only recover, but take control of the round late.
In the end, it was GSP’s wrestling and perseverance that made the difference and allowed him to unify the titles.
Hendricks Destroys Kampmann, Requests Title Fight
Former Oklahoma State wrestler Johny Hendricks needed only forty-six seconds to destroy Martin Kampmann. Hendricks set up the coup de grace with a right before a devastating left hook sent Kampmann toes up to the canvas. After the fight, Hendricks requested the title shot that had been previously mentioned before the fight.
Lawlor Drops Close Fight to Carmont
It was close, and it was ugly, but Francis Carmont edged Tom Lawlor via split decision in his hometown. Lawlor pressed the action but struggled with the kicks and takedown defense of Carmont. Lawlor would land two guillotine chokes but Carmont remained patient and worked his way out each time before landing big strikes to close out the first two rounds. While it could be deemed controversial, the reality here is that the fight was too close to call.
Dos Anjos Dominates Bocek
Rafael dos Anjos was absolutely dominating tonight when he faced Mark Bocek. Bocek believed he could control the fight on the ground but dos Anjos overwhelmed him in all aspects of the fight tonight. The bout was probably the best fight of the Brazilian’s career as he improves his current win-streak to three.
Garza Survives Early Danger and Controls Hominick
The free fall for Mark Hominick continued this evening in front of a supportive crowd as he dropped a unanimous decision loss to Pablo Garza. Hominick started strong in the first round by flooring Garza with a hard body shot. Hominick tried to finish but Garza managed to escape and then clip Hominick with a shot of his own. It was all down hill after that for Hominick as Garza took him down.
Main Card (PPV)
- Welterweight Title Unification Fight: Georges St-Pierre (c) def. Carlos Condit (IC) via unanimous decision (49-46,50-45,50-45)
- Johny Hendricks def. Martin Kampmann via knockout (punch) at 0:46 of Round 1
- Francis Carmont def. Tom Lawlor via split decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)
Constantinos Philippou vs. Nick Ring
- Rafael dos Anjos def. Mark Bocek via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
- Pablo Garza def. Mark Hominick via unanimous decision (29-27,30-26,29-28)
Preliminary Card (FX)
- Patrick Cote def. Alessio Sakara via DQ (strikes to the back of the head) at 1:26 of Round 1
- Cyrille Diabate def. Chad Griggs via submission at 2:24 of Round 1
- John Makdessi def. Sam Stout via unanimous decision (30-27,29-28,30-27)
- Antonio Carvalho def. Rodrigo Damm via split decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
- Matt Riddle def. John Maguire via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,29-28)
- Ivan Menjivar def. Azamat Gashimov via submission (armbar) at 2:44 of Round 1
- Darren Elkins def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)