The wild back and forth action continued right into the second round, but it was Hendricks who was able to slow things down to a manageable pace with a takedown in the opening minute. "I had a lot of pressure on myself in the Octagon for the first time, coming in from Strikeforce. Patrick Cote’s welterweight debut started out well in the Octagon and ended well on the scorecards, but in between, it appeared Strikeforce veteran Bobby Voelker had done enough to win his UFC debut at the Bell Centre Saturday night, only to lose a close unanimous decision to “The Predator.”. Diaz made it to his feet quickly this time, and though St-Pierre continued to score with his jab, Diaz did stuff the next takedown attempt of the Canadian, and even got off a few strikes that landed. With the win, Ellenberger improves to 29-6; Marquardt falls to 35-12-2. Main Event, Dana White Expects Khabib Nurmagomedov Will Return to Try to Become You could tell in the opening round that St-Pierre came out with bad intentions of simply wanting to beat Diaz up, as he controlled every second of the opening frame. Working his way back into the guard, St-Pierre landed with more hard shots until Diaz gave up his back again, and simply put, the Californian didn’t have any answers for his opponent in the opening round, with an emphatic slam to the canvas by St-Pierre adding insult to injury. It wasn’t his call to stop it like that.". Condit avoided danger, but did wind up with a bruise around the right eye before getting thrown to the canvas. A Georges St-Pierre fight in Montreal was always special. Scores were 29-28 twice and 28-29 for Camozzi, now 19-5; Ring falls to 13-2. 8 Preview and Predictions, UFC Fight Night 181 Highlight Video: Uriah Hall Stuns Anderson With three minutes left, Duran decided to take matters to the mat, but Roop was doing the more effective work from the bottom, landing a series of elbows that may have allowed him to steal the round. Hendricks grounded Condit to start the final frame, and for the first time he was able to keep him there for any length of time. Scores were 30-27 and 29-28 twice for Roop, a former lightweight and featherweight who improves to 13-10-1; Duran falls to 8-5-1. Condit refused to stay grounded for long, and while he got his shots off, Hendricks did too, tagging him with a few left hands before following up with another takedown. "Fighting in the UFC for the first time was just an awesome experience," said Mein. Nick Diaz is an incredibly tough guy, and unless St-Pierre had blasted him into a coma or snapped an arm, Diaz wasn't giving up. Ring was frequently frustrated in his attempts to close the distance on Camozzi in the opening round, but he still stayed busy with his fists and feet. I had some UFC jitters, but I spoke with GSP two days ago and he said ‘Listen, get used to them because they never, ever go away’ so I was nervous but I expected to be going in. Midway through the round, Voelker rallied back, and he seemed to be getting his opponent’s attention for the first time in the fight, prompting Cote, who was now bleeding from his forehead, to tie up against the fence. Boxing purists love a good jab. UFC 158 is in the books, and we now have a clear indication of where some of the top fighters in the 170-pound division rank. That didn't stop Diaz from making multiple attempts to taunt St-Pierre or even take a cheap shot after the bell had rung. 30-0, Weekend Boxing Knockouts Roundup: Nov. 1, 2020, After the Quake: Game Planning the Future of 155 Pounds, Opinion: The UFC Is Bad at Promoting (And Three Ways to Fix It), Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings. St-Pierre visibly slowed down in the later rounds against Nick Diaz. It's to be expected as fighters train for weeks about how to defeat another fighter in combat. This was my first time making the weight, this is a learning process for me, and I will work on that with my trainers and try to make sure this doesn’t happen next time. UFC 158 on March 16, 2013 upped the anticipation level ten-fold because it was a matchup between GSP and heated rival Nick Diaz. I did more damage and I think that’s what the judges went on.". I'll join that crowd in saying that I'd like to see a dominant champion like GSP be able to finish a few fights, but an ending other than a judges' scorecard was not going to be the case last night. "I felt good at the weight for the first time at welterweight, but I got real tired after the second round and he pushed me around in the last round. None of that seemed to matter as Diaz legitimately seemed out of his mind prior to and during the fight, as well as at the post-fight press conference. Bad move, as Condit tagged him with a hard right hand that jarred the Texan momentarily. Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre always comes into a fight in incredible shape. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Get, MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 16: (R-L) Patrick Cote lands a punch on Bobby Voelker in their welterweight bout during the UFC 158 event at Bell Centre on March 16, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Winning a UFC fight means everything to me.". Coming into UFC 158, the trash talk for the clash between Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz only heightened the anticipation. It was a fight that seemed destined for the “What If” pile after it was scrapped in 2011 and 2012, but in 2013, the two welterweights finally made the walk. Elkins, now winner of five in a row, ups his record to 17-2; Carvalho drops to 15-6. … After stuffing another takedown, Diaz began trash talking again, and this time he followed it up with some of his best standup attacks of the fight. It would've been so easy to fall into Diaz's trap and be overly aggressive. For more information and updates, sign up for the UFC Newsletter here. Confident with the way the first round went, Dillashaw went on the attack in the second, catching and dropping Tamura with a left kick to the head. As Tamura hit the deck, Dillashaw was all over him, landing a series of unanswered punches that brought in referee Yves Lavigne to halt the bout 26 seconds into the frame. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images), MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 16: T.J. Dillashaw kicks Issei Tamura in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 158 event at Bell Centre on March 16, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The main card opener didn’t get the Pay-Per-View portion of UFC 158 off to a rousing start, but it did get Montreal’s Mike Ricci his first UFC win, as he nabbed a unanimous decision over Colin Fletcher in a battle of recent Ultimate Fighter finalists. Nick DIAZ Condit def. Hendricks went on the attack with his left hand from the opening bell, chasing Condit across the cage and throwing punches. GSP used solid technique to score points on Diaz and avoid the challenger's strikes while on the feet. The ending usually comes after a powerful hook or punch from a fighter's dominant hand. "I have been waiting for this moment all my life. Penn UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz Hendricks def. With five minutes left, Cote and Voelker met in the middle of the Octagon and swung haymakers at each other, with Voelker getting the best of the action. I want to move up the ladder.". Using lateral movement and pot shots, Ring had a better second round, but soon fatigue reared its ugly head, allowing Camozzi to get in his share of punches as well, with the result being that both men went back to the corner either bloodied or bruised up. Mein had better luck while standing, scoring a knockdown with a straight left with 90 seconds left. The records Georges St-Pierre earned at Bell Centre - tying Matt Hughes for most wins in UFC history (18) and surpassing the Hall of Famer for most successful welterweight title defenses (8) – will probably pale in comparison to the satisfaction his shutout five-round unanimous decision win over longtime nemesis Nick Diaz in the main event of UFC 158 gave him, ending the feud that lasted nearly a year and a half. “Nick is a veteran and I’m actually a big fan of Nick Diaz, and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to fight him.”. Cote worked well from the bottom, trying to hit a submission on the Missouri native. In the first big welterweight matchup of the main card, Jake Ellenberger made an emphatic statement, knocking out Nate Marquardt in the first round to live up to his “Juggernaut” nickname. George Roop began his second stint in the bantamweight division with a victory, outpointing Reuben Duran unanimously over three rounds in the UFC 158 opener. And then finally you saw both men embrace one another following 25 minutes of hard fighting. The champion would have none of it, however, as he controlled all five rounds en route to yet another dominant decision. None were bigger than the evening's main event between Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz. But welterweight is the weight for me now. I’m so happy right now, this is a great feeling.". MMA fighters have been progressively getting better on the feet as the sport evolves, but last night GSP showed how dominant a fighter can be with just a solid jab. Title... De Ridder Submits Aung La, Lee Smashes Lapicus at One ‘Inside the... Gegard Mousasi Captures Vacant Middleweight Title In Bellator 250 After some standup from both fighters to kick off the bout, Miller made the first big move, taking Mein down in the opening minute. "I feel bad for him, but of course I am going to say that I would have stopped him anyway. That doesn’t mean Condit stopped working, as he threw punches until finding his way out. Miller recovered quickly, but Mein had found his range, bloodying and then dropping Miller a second time with a body shot. He’s a true martial artist and great guy. “I have to think if I still want to do this,” said Diaz. Condit Camozzi def. Carvalho rose, but referee Yves Lavigne had seen enough, halting the bout at the 3:06 mark, a decision that was greeted by boos from the Bell Centre crowd and protests from Carvalho, but the verdict stands. "I got rocked a couple of times in the first round; he definitely won the first round with his strikes," said Roop. And while Fletcher was the busier of the two, there was no heat behind his strikes. Scores were 30-27 across the board for TUF 16’s Ricci, now 9-3; England’s TUF Smashes finalist Fletcher falls to 9-3. Despite the bout going down much the way fans anticipated, there are still a number of takeaways from this fight that can be used in analysis of either man's future fights.