Georges St. Pierre talks with Joe Rogan after defeating Carlos Condit. | Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
After 19 months away from the cage, Georges St. Pierre had plenty to prove in his return to action. When all was said and done on Saturday night, the welterweight champion silenced the doubters with an impressive five-round victory over interim 170-pound titlist Carlos Condit in the UFC 154 main event at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Show no ill effects of the knee surgery that kept him sidelined, St. Pierre struck for takedowns in each round and punished Condit with his trademark ground-and-pound. The Canadian also had to battle through adversity, as “The Natural Born Killer” had him in serious trouble after scoring a knockdown with a head kick in round three. “Rush” managed to survive the danger, however, and Condit was unable to reproduce a similar threat in the final two frames. With the win, a lucrative super fight with Anderson Silva remains in play for the champion. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 154, with statistics provided by FightMetric.com.
25: Significant strikes by which St. Pierre outlanded Condit. The welterweight champion outlanded his opponent in rounds one (16 to 2), two (16 to 9), four (9 to 3) and five (21 to 6). In round three, when Condit floored St. Pierre with a head kick, “The Natural Born Killer” held a 16-to-9 edge in significant strikes.
1,048: Significant strikes landed by St. Pierre in his UFC career. St. Pierre has outlanded all but one of his opponents -- Matt Serra outlanded him 20 to 6 at UFC 69 -- during his time in the Octagon.
7: Successful takedowns, in eight attempts, for St. Pierre, who was able to get Condit to the ground at least once in every frame. Condit was taken down five times in his only other UFC loss, which was to Martin Kampmann.
75: Takedowns landed during the UFC career of St. Pierre, No. 1 all-time in the promotion and 11 more than Gleison Tibau, who is No. 2 on the list.
4:38:12: Total fight time for St. Pierre during his UFC career, placing him behind only Tito Ortiz, B.J. Penn and Randy Couture when it comes to time spent in the Octagon.
.780: Career takedown accuracy for St. Pierre, the best rate among anyone in the promotion with at least five UFC fights and 20 takedowns attempted.
190: Total strikes landed by Condit on Saturday night, 18 more than St. Pierre. The Jackson’s MMA representative spent much of the fight landing offense from his back after being taken down by the Canadian.
.750: Significant striking defense for St. Pierre, No. 1 all-time in the UFC. He was in usual form against Condit, as the New Mexican landed only 36 of his 148 significant strikes thrown, a 24 percent clip.
10-0: St. Pierre’s record on Canadian soil. The St. Isidore, Quebec, native’s last three title defenses have come in his home country.
8: Successful title defenses for St. Pierre, a streak that dates back to Apr. 19, 2008. During that reign, St. Pierre has bested Serra, Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, Josh Koscheck, Jake Shields and now Condit.
12: Championship fights during the UFC career of St. Pierre. “Rush” is 10-2 in those bouts, with his only defeats coming to Matt Hughes in 2004 and Matt Serra in 2007.
567: Days since St. Pierre’s last Octagon appearance, a unanimous decision triumph over Jake Shields at UFC 129 in Montreal. By comparison, Condit’s layoff prior to Saturday’s fight was 287 days – his last outing was a five-round verdict over Nick Diaz at UFC 143.
58: Combined Octagon time, in seconds, needed for Johny Hendricks to defeat Martin Kampmann (46 seconds) and Jon Fitch (12 seconds). The Team Takedown representative landed a combined five significant strikes in those two victories. All told, Hendricks has four first-round finishes to his credit in the UFC.
11: Failed takedowns in 11 attempts for Mark Bocek in a unanimous decision defeat to Rafael dos Anjos. The Canadian landed a combined 10 takedowns in his last two outings, wins over Nik Lentz and John Alessio. Meanwhile, dos Anjos was successful in four of five takedown attempts.
116: Total strikes landed by Pablo Garza in the final two rounds of his decision triumph against Mark Hominick. The North Dakota native outlanded his opponent by 76 strikes during those final 10 minutes, controlling much of the action on the ground.
24: Significant strikes landed by Alessio Sakara against Patrick Cote. At least five or six of those appeared to land on the back of Cote’s head, resulting in a disqualification loss for “Legionarious.”
2: Combined significant strikes landed in two UFC appearances for Chad Griggs. The Strikeforce veteran is 0-2 in the Octagon after suffering first-round submission losses to Cyrille Diabate and Travis Browne.
12: Decisions in 14 UFC appearances for Sam Stout, tying him with Jon Fitch for the most of anyone in the promotion. Stout dropped a unanimous decision to John Makdessi on Saturday night.
21: Significant strikes by which Makdessi outlanded Stout during their lightweight encounter. “The Bull” outlanded his fellow Canadian in every round, but his greatest advantage came in the final frame, when he outlanded Stout 31 to 16.
2-5: Record for “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” veteran Rodrigo Damm over his last seven fights following a split decision setback at the hands of Antonio Carvalho. Damm was finished in each of his other four defeats prior to facing Carvalho.
7: Previous opponents for Azamat Gashimov who made their professional debut against the Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts-trained Russian. Gashimov submitted to a first round armbar against Ivan Menjivar, who entered the contest with 33 fights under his belt.