Georges St. Pierre retained his welterweight title at UFC 167. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Johny Hendricks thought he had it in the bank. Two judges had other ideas.
Georges St. Pierre retained his Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight crown with a controversial split decision over Johny Hendricks in the UFC 167 headliner on Nov. 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Two of the three cageside judges -- Sal D’Amato and Tony Weeks -- cast 48-47 scorecards for St. Pierre; a third, Glenn Trowbridge, sided with Hendricks by the same score.
“Rush” has won his last 12 bouts, none more debated than this one. Hendricks landed the heavier blows and exacted more of a physical toll during the 25-minute encounter, his heavy hands leaving the longtime champion battered, bloodied and bruised. “Bigg Rigg” utilized brutal knee strikes to the thigh from the clinch, mixing in takedowns at various points. Hendricks had St. Pierre in serious trouble in the second round, as he staggered him with a left uppercut and followed up with more powerful strikes to the head.
St. Pierre -- who afterward revealed plans for something of a temporary retirement -- did his best work in rounds three and five, where he pecked away with his trademark jab and took down the two-time NCAA national champion wrestler. Still, in the eyes of many, it did not warrant a victory on the scorecards.
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