MMAFrenzy’s live fight coverage of UFC 167 concludes with our recap of tonights main event title fight between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. The battle between the two top welterweights would not disappoint as St-Pierre would retain the title via a controversial decision tonight in Las Vegas.
St-Pierre Retains Hendricks via Controversial Decision
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre stated that tonight’s fight Johny Hendricks would be the hardest fight of his career and it certainly lived up to the champ’s expectations. Hendricks would push the champion like he has not been pushed in years with solid striking and great wrestling. While Hendricks appeared to win the fight in many viewers eyes, including UFC president Dana White, two of the judges saw it differently and the belt stayed with St-Pierre.
St-Pierre offered a cryptic explanation of what was next for him after the fight by stating that he needed a long vacation after the fight, but he would not commit to actually retiring. Hendricks was visibly frustrated with the decision and believed he won the fight in his post-fight interview. White indicated he believed that Hendricks won the fight and hinted that a rematch would have been planned if not for GSP’s strange statement after the fight.
Rd. 1-Touch of gloves. Takedown by GSP right off the bat to counter a big punch and GSP had a guillotine before Hendricks scrambles to his feet. Over-Under tie now and Hendricks controls along the cage and they’re off the cage but still clinched with knees. Yamasaki separates them. Hendricks with a nice uppercut as GSP shoots in and Hendricks defends the single leg with hard punches and elbows until GSP gives it up. Knees by Hendricks in the clinch. GSP is cut and bruised now. Hendricks with a takedown. Another hard punch from Hendricks. GSP stands and separates. Hard knee by Hendricks stuffs a GSP takedown. Legkicks by GSP. GSP is establishing his jab now. More knees by Hendricks in the over-under clinch. Nice elbow on the break by Hendricks. Legkick by Hendricks. Hook to headkick misses for Georges. Hendricks misses some big shots as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Hendricks.
Rd. 2- Legkick by GSP. Straight left by Hendricks. Legkicks by GSP finding their range. Hard left uppercut staggers GSP and Hendricks is on the warpath with hard shots. GSP clinches and then Yamasaki stops the fight to put Hendricks’ mouthpiece back in. Hendricks connects again! Hendricks pressures along the cage with hard knees to the thighs but GSP separates. Hard jab and a hook by GSP. GSP with a body teep. Good hook by Hendricks. GSP with a good right hand. Hendricks lands again. Nice jab by GSP stymies a Hendricks advance. Good headkick by Hendricks. Nice left shovel hook by Hendricks. Good exchange by both men. Headkick by Hendricks. GSP ducks a punch to clinch and Hendricks is landing to the body and thigh now. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Hendricks (20-18)
Rd. 3- Touch of gloves to start the round. Right hook by Hendricks. Legkick by GSP and a good return knee by Hendricks. Body shot by Hendricks. Legkick by GSP. Right hook by Hendricks. Hendricks storms and lands a few shots. GSP is landing now and connects on a good right. Good combo by Hendricks by GSP lands a great hook to counter it. GSP is grabbing the wrist of Hendricks when puts it out there and Hendricks uses it. Right by GSP and a good left too. Nice body head combo by the champion. Good right by GSP. Hendricks is having more trouble with the range in this round. Jab by Hendricks and he lands left. Hendricks has slowed now. Legkick by GSP. Good body-head combo by GSP. Takedown attempt by Hendricks and he gets it with 0:30 left. GSP scrambles after eating some punches. Takedown really made the round interesting but MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 GSP (28-29)
Rd. 4- Touch of gloves. Strikes by both men connect with little force. Cupcheck by GSP but Hendricks waves him on. Good combo by Hendricks and GSP slips trying to evade and Hendricks pounces. Elbows by Hendricks and GSP fires back. Body-head combos by Hendricks. Nice elbow by Hendricks. Hendricks lets up a busted GSP. Great combo by Hendricks. Another high legkick by GSP. Jabs by Hendricks and a nice uppercut too. GSP with a right hand and a takedown attempt but Hendricks stuffs it seizes the clinch. Single by Hendricks but GSP sprawls out and grabs a front-head. Hendricks back up and takes control of the clinch. Hard knees by both guys with short time. Hendricks in on a double with 0:10 left and he knees GSP’s thighs as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Hendricks (39-37)
Rd. 5- Tuch of gloves to start the round. Body kick by GSP and a good combo by Hendricks. GSP on a takedown attempt and he tries to run the pipe on the single but Hendricks shows awesome balance and he uppercuts his way out. Hendricks on a takedown attempt now. Knees to the thighs by Hendricks. GSP tries to kimura out and Hendricks muscles out. Hard strikes by GSP and he scores a takedown. Hendricks works his way back up after eating a knee. Clinch by Hendricks and GSP reverses along the cage. Fighters exchange knees. Yamasaki breaks them up. Hendricks stops the headkick. Legkicks by GSP. GSP on a takedown now with a minute left and he works hard for the single. GSP finally gets him down but Hendricks springs back up with 0:30 left. Hendricks tries a takedown nd GSP tries a kimura as time expires. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 GSP but the bout 48-47 Hendricks.
Georges St-Pierre def. Johny Hendricks via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)