17,249 fans nearly lifted the roof off the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday night as Georges St. Pierre returned after almost 19 months out, GSP came back to the UFC with a dominating performance over interim title holder Carlos Condit to unify the UFC welterweight championship in his home town of Montreal.
The pair put on a fight of the night performance, with GSP (23-2, 17-2 UFC) winning on all of judges scorecards by 49-46, 50-45 and 50-45, dominating the fight, up unto the third round when Condit connected flush with a left high kick, dropping GSP to the canvas. As Condit swarmed many wondered if GSP would crumble like he did back at UFC 69, when Matt Serra shocked the world with a TKO win. GSP managed to weather Condit’s follow up ground and pound onslaught, compose himself and then spend most of the round displaying his dominant top game.
Apart from the dicey moment in the third, GSP dominated throughout, his explosive wrestling was still too much to handle and his stand up was competitive against one of the best strikers in the division.
Talk now turns to what would be the biggest MMA fight in the history of the sport, GSP vs. Anderson Silva, the two top pound for pound fighters and dominant divisional champions. Dana White wants the fight to go down in May at: Toronto’s Rogers Centre, Cowboys Stadium in Dallas or a Brazilian soccer stadium. With the neutral territory of Texas being his preferred option at the moment and an attendance in the region of 100,000.
In the co-main event welterweights Martin Kampmann and Revgear sponsored fighter Johny Hendricks battled it out in a potential number 1 contender match.
The fight was over in under a minute. Hendricks proved again that he has dynamite in his hands with his third KO of the night in his last 5 fights., ending the fight at just 46 seconds into the first round, with an explosive left straight knocking the Dane out cold.
Francis Carmont defeated Tom Lawlor by unanimous decision, in what was the the dullest fight on the main card , what made it even worse, was that Lawlor’s wrestling and clinch work against the cage definitely should have got the nod from the judges.
Many people thought Mark Bocek’s wrestling would be too much for Rafael Dos Anjos, as even lightweight champion Ben Henderson was made to work extremely hard when grappling with the experienced Canadian. However Rafael Dos Anjos had spent his camp for this fight training with Rafael Cordeiro and his Muay Thai and wrestling looked better than ever, allowing him to easily win a 30-27 decision across the board against a skilled veteran.
On the Facebook broadcast Ivan Menjivar secured the submission of the night with a beautiful belly down armbar on Azamat Gashimov, he patiently played from his guard after Azamat has secured a takedown, threatening with submissions until he locked on the armbar at 2:44 of the first round
With recent cards plagued by injuries and fans unsure whether GSP could return at a similar level, it must have been a big relief for Dana White to see this card deliver with great fights, drama and a potential superfight lined up.