UFC Welterweight Championship
Georges St-Pierre (c) vs. Dan Hardy
Round 1: The main event of the evening is about to get underway. St. Pierre gets Hardy to the ground and sits in his half guard. St. Pierre gets in side control. Hardy spins out of it but St. Pierre gets his back. 3:00 to go and St. Pierre is active from the back. Hardy gets back up but St. Pierre immediately takes him back down. Hardy gets St. Pierre in his half guard. St Pierre gets the mount. Hardy rolls over and stands up with St. Pierre on his back. They hit the ground again and St. Pierre is staying on his back. St. Pierre goes for an armbar but Hardy rolls out and stands up. Very good round, Hardy defended well. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for St. Pierre.
Round 2: They are feeling each other out. St. Pierre gets the takedown and lands in half guard and moves right in to side control. St. Pierre tries to get his back but Hardy is trying to shake him off. Hardy gets in St. Pierre’s guard. St. Pierre gets back to his feet. St. Pierre lands a one-two and Hardy smiles. St. Pierre gets a solid takedown and Hardy pulls guard. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for St. Pierre.
Round 3: St. Pierre immediately goes for the takedown and gets it. Hardy regains guard, St. Pierre posturing up to land bigger shots. St. Pierre lands some shots and moves into half guard. Hardy goes for the triangle but St. Pierre gets out and moves to side control, he’s setting up for an armbar. Hardy explodes out. Hardy scrambles out and briefly gets up but St. Pierre hangs on and drags Hardy back down. St. Pierre goes for the mount and gets Hardy’s back. Hardy stacks him up and and gets him off of his back but St. Pierre gets him right back down. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for St. Pierre.
Round 4: Hardy’s jab looks to be lacking its pop. St. Pierre gets him down and briefly gets the mount. Hardy gets back up but St. Pierre stays on him. Hardy goes for St. Pierre’s leg and gets him against the cage briefly before St. Pierre takes him back down. St. Pierre stacks Hardy on the fence. St. Pierre gets a kimura and cranks it but Hardy won’t tap. Hardy gets out of it. St. Pierre won’t relent, ends the round by rolling for a kneebar. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for St. Pierre.
Round 5: They are exchanging early. St. Pierre lands a kick and gets another takedown. The crowd is getting restless. St. Pierre gets the kimura again but Hardy gets out of it. St. Pierre smothering from the top. 20 seconds left. St. Pierre rolls for a kneebar at the end but the bell rings. The fighters embrace in a show of respect. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for St. Pierre.
Georges St. Pierre defeated Dan Hardy via unanimous decision (scores of 50-43, 50-44, 50-45)to retain the welterweight championship.
St. Pierre says he is not happy with his performance and Hardy was tougher than he expected.
Hardy gives his props to St. Pierre. Hardy is cheered because of his gameness and refusal to tap on several occasions.