The Top 25 Fights in UFC History: #17 Georges St. Pierre vs Johny Hendricks

By Keith Shillan

A controversial decision, and the possible end of Georges St. Pierre

Running List:

#25. Jim Miller vs Joe Lauzon 1

#24. Roger Huerta vs Clay Guida

#23. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Randy Couture

#22 Cheick Kongo vs Pat Berry

#21 Chris Leben vs Yoshihiro Akiyama

#20. Frank Shamrock vs Tito Ortiz

#19 Andrei Arlovski vs Travis Browne

#18. Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 2 and 3

#17. Georges St. Pierre vs Johny Hendricks

November 16th, 2013

Main Event of UFC 167

MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas Nevada

Background:

Arguable the greatest fighter in MMA history, in his last fight to date. St. Pierre entered the octagon on a 11 fight UFC winning streak, including defending the UFC welterweight title 9 straight times.

Hendricks, a two time NCAA Divisions 1 wrestling champion, entered the octagon with a 10-1 UFC record, including a 6 fight winning streak.

Action:

This was an action packed 25 minute championship fight.

The action immediately starts with St. Pierre ducking a Hendricks left hand, and taking Hendricks down. During a scramble, St. Pierre goes for a guillotine choke, which Hendricks escapes. Both fighters get in a clinch, with both fighters landing knees. The fighters get broken and Hendricks lands a nice uppercut. The champion shoots for single leg takedown, Hendricks lands a series of hard elbows while defending the takedown. Hendricks drops down on St. Pierre’s legs and gets his own takedown. He lands a nice elbow before St. Pierre gets to his feet. On the feet, Hendricks lands a nice step knee to the body. St. Pierre lands his best combination of the round with a jab, leg kick, followed by a high kicks. Both fighters clinch, and exchange knees until broken up. St. Pierre lands a few leg kicks, but Hendricks lands five straight left in the last minute. Very close round, that I gave to Hendricks.

The second round begins with St. Pierre establishing range with leg kicks. Hendricks lands another straight left. St. Pierre responds with a jab and leg kick combination. Hendricks lands an uppercut, while Rush steps in, which hurts the Champion. Hendricks goes in for the kill, landing a right hook, and two hard uppercuts. St. Pierre attempts to move away from Hendricks, but the challenger lands another left lands, and grabs the head and starts to dirty box. Hendricks follows up with another left hand and right hook as they break. Hendricks follows up with a step knee to the body. Hendricks pushes St. Pierre against the cage and lands a hard knee. The fighters get separated and St. Pierre lands a left hook and jab. He follows up with another jab an left hook before the fighters exchange kicks. Hendricks lands a right hook and straight left combination. St. Pierre answers with a straight right but is countered by a right hook. Hendricks lands a straight left and uppercut combination and both fighters clinch until the end of the round. It was a big round for the challenger.

The third round begins and St. Pierre his hit with a Hendricks right hook. St. Pierre moves away and hits a very hard leg kick. Hendricks land another step knee. St. Pierre land as stiff jab followed by a leg kicks. Hendricks responds with his own hard leg kick. St. Pierre responds with a right hook and is then hit by a right hook. Both fighters then hold their ground and exchange big shots. As they step back, St. Pierre lands a straight right and Hendricks responds with a stiff double jab. The champion land a left hook and high kick combination. He follows it up with a right hand and leg kick combination. Hendricks fires back with a left uppercut that lands. However St. Pierre counters with a left to the body and right hand to the head. Hendricks lands a power left hand and the Champion lands a hard leg kick. The Challenger lands a straight left and uppercut and follows it up with a double leg takedown. Hendricks lands Somme ground and pound before St. Pierre scrambles to his feet. The round end and is extremely close that could go either way. I think Hendricks stole the rounds with the late takedown.

The fourth round begins with St. Pierre landing hard leg kicks. Hendricks lands another stiff double jab. St. Pierre lands another hard leg kicks, but is hit with a straight left. The Champion lands a hard jab and left hook, but Hendricks responds with hard left hook. St, Pierre attempts to step back but slips, and Hendricks lands on top of him. Hendricks starts to pepper St. Pierre with punches to the body and head. Hendricks begins to land heavy elbows to St. Pierre’s face, which hurt him. The most surprising move of the entire fight happens when Hendricks lets St. Pierre up. However Hendricks lands a straight left,and then a straight left, uppercut, straight left combination. St. Pierre tries to lands a hard leg kick, but is hit with a right hook. Hendricks follows up with an uppercut. St. Pierre lands a straight right, and shoots in for a takedown, which is stuffed by Hendricks. Hendricks pushes St. Pierre against the cage, as the round ends. This was clearly a Hendricks round.

The final round begins with St, Pierre landing a right hand, and grabbing a single leg. Hendricks bounces on one leg while punching with a free hand. Hendricks gets his leg free, and pushes St. Pierre against the cage. The fighters are broken up and St. Pierre lands a 1-2 combination. St. Pierre is being aggressive and throws a high kicks and straight right which lands, and get a double leg takedown. Hendricks gets up and they both clinch, until the referee breaks the fighters. St. Pierre lands a right hand and a hard body kick. Hendricks lands a straight left. St. Pierre shoots for a takedown and Hendricks legs. Both fighters fight for position, but St. Pierre eventually gets the takedown, but can’t hold position and Hendricks gets up. Hendricks shoots on St. Pierre’s legs, while the fight ends with St. Pierre attempting to get a Kimura submission. The last round was close again. I scored it for St. Pierre.

Results and Notes:

St. Pierre wins a split decision, while Hendricks and his corner seems very shocked. The decision was controversial, but it wasn’t the robbery people pretend it was. Many of the rounds were very close that could have gone either way.

I scored the fight 49-46 for Hendricks but I could see the first, third and fifth round being scored for St. Pierre. The reason people scored the fight for Hendricks so big is because not many people gave him a shot at beating St. Pierre, who entered the house seeming invincible. It also doesn’t hurt, that Hendricks was basically unmarked and St. Pierre was blooded up.

During the post fight interview, St. Pierre announced that he was going to take a leave of absence, and still hasn’t returned to action in over 3 years. Hendricks would win the vacant title over Robbie Lawler in his next fight. However, Hendricks would lose the belt, and hasn’t seemed like the top talent of previous times.

 

 

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