Despite dominating Dan Hardy tonight and successfully defending his title for the fourth time, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre was all apologies after his bout with the Brit at UFC 111.
“It’s a win, but I’m not very happy of myself,” St-Pierre admitted after the fight. “I did a lot of stupid technical mistakes… I thought I’d fight him where I thought he was the weakest – on the ground. But he’s a lot better than I thought he was.”
St-Pierre dominated almost every minute of the fight, easily winning all five rounds on the judge’s scorecards. However, St-Pierre had been talking publicly before the fight about wanting to finish the fight with Hardy. Since his shocking TKO loss to Matt Serra at UFC 69 in April 2007, he has only won two fights via knockout as he has concentrated on neutralizing his opponents on the ground.
“I just want to apologize to my fans,” St-Pierre stated after the fight. “I’m sorry, I’m going to come back better next time. I’m very sorry, I wanted to finish this fight in beautiful fashion and I’m very sorry.”
Hardy was neutralized by the champion early in the first round, and then found himself in an arm-bar towards the end of the round. St-Pierre put the pressure on, and the fight looked to be over until Hardy surprised the crowd by rolling over and popping out of the hold.
“I thought he was made of rubber,” St-Pierre joked after the fight.
The punishment didn’t stop there, as St-Pierre was able to secure a kimura on Hardy in the fourth round. GSP really cranked on the hold, and to the astonishment of the crowd, Hardy withstood the pain and was able to escape it. The always-classy champion gave his opponent his props after the bout for his gutsy performance.
“Congratulations to Dan Hardy,” said St-Pierre. “He did a lot better than I did when I had my first title shot back against Matt Hughes.”