Despite dominating Dan Hardy this pat Saturday night at UFC 111 and successfully defending his title for the fourth time, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre was disappointed with his performance in the fight. He felt that in-proper technique led to him not being able to finish the fight before it reached the judge’s scorecards.
“I was not that pleased about my performance,” St-Pierre stated at the UFC 111 post-fight press conference. “I forgot the technical element of it. Sometimes those technical details make the difference. I wanted to go 100 percent. I trained to break. I want to finish him.
“I won, but I haven’t beat my performance of last time, so I’m not happy,” he continued. “I wanted to finish… you know, have a clean win. For me, like this, it’s not clean.”
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.
“It’s a win, but I’m not very happy of myself,” St-Pierre admitted. “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.”
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.
“I know what I did wrong. It won’t happen next time,” said St-Pierre of his application of the kimura. “At one point, I was like, ‘Man, I think I broke his shoulder,’ and then one time I thought I’d broke his arm when I had the juju-gatame. I heard like ‘click, click.’ It was completely extended.”