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“UFC 129: St-Pierre Vs. Shields” Results

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Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin

Round 1: They touch gloves to start things off. Garza backs Jabouin up with some knees, Jabouin fires back with a nice kick that causes Garza to hit the mat, again. Jabouin lands an uppercut that knocks loose Garza’s mouthpiece. The two trade kicks, after Jabouin lands a nice leg kick. Jabouin pushes in behind a right hand. Jabouin with another leg that sounded like it was delivered by a mule. Jabouin tries a spinning back kick that misses, giving Garza the opening to establish the clinch and fire off the knees. Garza goes for the flying triangle and locks it up. Jabouin rolls and is now in a mounted triangle. They roll back over and, before too long, Jabouin taps.

Pablo Garza defeated Yves Jabouin via submission (triangle choke) at 4:31 of round 1.

Kyle Watson vs. John Makdessi

Round 1: The two touch gloves after ref Dan Miragliotta signals them to begin. Watson trying to land a few kicks that do little more than graze Makdessi. Makdessi lands a nice counter left hand. Watson using his reach to keep Makdessi out of range, but isn’t landing much of significance. Watson turns Makdessi with a leg kick before the shorter fighter scores with a pair of hard counter lefts. Makdessi with a turning side kick to Watson’s midsection. He then barely misses on a front hook kick. Watson looks confused as to how to establish his offense. Makdessi fires off a quick front leg side kick. scores the round 10-9 for Makdessi

Round 2: They touch gloves again. Makdessi gets off first with a pair of inside leg kicks. Makdessi capitalizes on Watson’s inability to tuck his chin and sticks him twice with jabs as he tries to close the distance. Makdessi lands a straight right and then another pair of lefts while moving backward. Watson fires off a big head kick. Makdessi with a front leg side kick and then avoids a takedown. Watson throws his own side kick. Watson lands a right hand. Watson whiffs on a spinning back fist. Makdessi lands one though and follows up with a few follow up punches. Makdessi looks to have stung Watson with a left hand. Makdessi continually finds a home for his counter left. Makdessi moves in as the round closes and fires off a bevy of punches. scores the round 10-9 for Makdessi

Round 3: Watson gets ahold of Makdessi off of a kick and bulls him into the fence. Makdessi gets off of the fence though and Watson backs off with a cut under his left eye. Makdessi tags him up with a few punches. Makdessi lands a spinning back fist off of a feinted kick that drops Watson like a sniper’s bullet. No follow up strikes are needed.

John Makdessi defeated Kyle Watson via KO (spinning back fist) at 1:27 of round 3.

Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen

Round 1: Jensen starts things going with a lunging one-two. MacDonald drops for the single immediately and bulls Jensen into the cage. Jensen tries for the guillotine, but “The Athlete” avoids and takes Jensen’s back against the cage. As MacDonald looks for a submission, Jensen rolls into his guard. MacDonald showing some serious ground chops in putting on a triangle — holding onto through a slam attempt by Jensen — and forcing the tap early.

Jason MacDonald defeated Ryan Jensen via submission (triangle choke) at 1:37 of round 1

Charlie Valencia vs. Ivan Menjivar

Round 1: A touch of gloves gets it started and Valencia lands first with an inside leg kick. Menjivar misses on a spinning back fist. They both swing from the pocket and miss before tying up. Menjivar trying to press Valenica into the cage. A pair of nice elbows land for Menjivar from the clinch, the second of which drops Valencia right to the mat. The follow up ground and pound seals the deal.

Ivan Menjivar defeated Charlie Valencia via TKO (strikes) at 1:30 of round 1.

Claude Patrick vs. Daniel Roberts

Round 1: Roberts comes out aggressive and swinging and promptly gets taken down and put on his back for it. Roberts working for a kimura off of his back. Roberts uses the hold to get back to his feet. Patrick lands a right hand. Roberts eats a leg kick and Patrick closes the distance. Roberts turns him into the cage. The two begin jockeying for position against the fence, but nothing comes of it and they reset in the middle. Patrick lands a jarring right hand and eventually gets “Ninja” back to the mat. Patrick briefly looks for the arm triangle. Roberts gets to his feet, where Patrick pours on the strikes as the round closes. scores the round 10-9 for Patrick

Round 2: Roberts gets it started with a pair of inside leg kicks. Patrick returns fire with one of his own. Roberts catches a kick and gets Patrick to the mat on his back. Patrick threatens with the sweep and uses it to get back to his feet, where they fight against the fence. Patrick lands a nice knee on the break. Roberts lands a hard body kick. Patrick scores with a nice leg kick. Patrick dives in and gets Roberts to his back. “Ninja” snatches a guillotine and uses it to roll Patrick to his back. Patrick establishes half guard, then full. Roberts takes Patrick’s back, but Patrick rolls out of it and they are back on their feet against the cage. Patrick gets Roberts down briefly. Back on their feet, Roberts looks like he’s punching underwater. scores the round 10-10

Round 3: Roberts lands another hard body kick. A superman punch follows. Patrick catches another body kick and pushes Roberts into the fence, where he gets a takedown in short order. Patrick gets full mount briefly. Roberts gets to his feet, where he fights hard for a takedown that Patrick avoids. Under two minutes to go and the two are battling for position against the cage. Referee Dan Miragliotta separates them with just under a minute to go. Patrick lands a nice front kick to the body, before Roberts dives in for the takedown. Patrick stuffs it but ends up on his back after trying and failing on a guillotine attempt. scores the round 10-10

Claude Patrick defeated Daniel Roberts via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Sean Pierson vs. Jake Ellenberger

Round 1: The two men touch gloves and get set for battle. Ellenberger lands the first strike of the fight with a short right hand. They trade kicks. Ellenberger lands a counter left hook as Pierson moves in. Ellenberger completes a double leg takedown but Pierson gets back to his feet without much trouble. Ellenberger swinging punches with bad intentions, landing a few good shots in the swarm. Ellenberger shuts off Pierson’s brain with a big left hook, then tags him with a right as he falls to the mat in slow motion.

Jake Ellenberger defeated Sean Pierson via KO (left hook) at 2:42 of round 1.

Nate Diaz vs. Rory MacDonald

Round 1: No glove touch in this fight, these two come out all business. MacDonald testing his range with kicks, Diaz looking to cut off the cage from MacDonald. They exchange briefly before tying up, with Diaz pressing MacDonald against the cage. MacDonald drops for the takedown and Diaz reverses, they get back to their feet. MacDonald with the superman punch. MacDonald with a nice front kick. MacDonald throwing kick after kick, most are partially blocked. Diaz baits MacDonald, who ties him up after landing a GSP-like superman punch-leg kick combo. MacDonald lands a front kick, a leg kick. Diaz drops for the takedown, has MacDonald pressed against the fence, but the 21-year-old defends well. Diaz lands a knee to the body; MacDonald counters with a right hand. scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Round 2: MacDonald gets double underhooks in the clinch off of another nice combination. Diaz shakes him off. Diaz turning up the aggression, moving into the clinch behind a few punches. MacDonald reverses him though and gets him to the mat on his back. Diaz back to his feet. MacDonald gets another takedown in the middle of the cage. MacDonald wants no part of Diaz’s guard, opting to stand over him and try to land punches. He gets in a good one as Diaz gets back to his feet. Diaz with a good straight left. They tie up briefly. Diaz lands a few hard punches that back MacDonald to the fence. He shrugs off a takedown attempt by MacDonald and presses him into the fence, where he starts in with shoulder strikes o the face and knees to the thigh. Diaz briefly trips MacDonald to the mat. MacDonald with a quick punch-to-leg kick combo. Diaz gets in a good right hand as he moves in for the takedown, which MacDonald defends. MacDonald tries for a flying knee. MacDonald fails on another takedown, but sandwiches that between two nice combinations. scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Round 3: MacDonald getting the better of the stand up exchanges early by utilizing a quick and varied attack. Diaz misses on a takedown and MacDonald is all over him, suplexing him head over heels two times in a row before landing in half guard. MacDonald standing over Diaz, dropping a few big rights. Diaz gets back up briefly but MacDonald ragdolls him back to the mat. Diaz back up, pressing MacDonald into the fence. MacDonald reverses. Diaz trying for the takedown again, but MacDonald avoids deftly. Diaz just can’t get MacDonald to the mat. “The Waterboy” gets Diaz down though and starts in with the ground and pound. Diaz getting beat up with thirty to go. Diaz fights back to his feet and keeps moving forward until the bell, but this one belongs to MacDonald. scores the round 10-9 for MacDonald

Rory MacDonald defeated Nate Diaz via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)


Mark Bocek vs. Ben Henderson

Henderson appears pumped up on his way to the octagon, with Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” setting the tone for his entrance. Bocek looks calm, collected and serious as he enters the arena to the cheers of a hometown crowd.

Yves Lavigne is the third man in the cage for this lightweight bout.

Round 1: The two touch gloves to get things started. Bocek initiates the clinch, but Henderson turns him into the cage, where he gets double underhooks. Henderson lands a nice knee to the midsection, Bocek returns the favor with one of his own. Lavigne separates them, despite an active battle for position against the fence. Henderson with a nice kick. Bocek lands a short right and tries for the takedown, but is stuffed. Henderson lands a nice elbow on the break. Henderson eats an inside leg kick as he moves in with a combination. Henderson fires off a Superman punch-leg kick combination that lands clean. Another nice combination lands for “Smooth.” Henderson working an active jab to keep Bocek wary. Bocek moves in for the single, he eventually gets it but Henderson makes him pay for it, hopping on one leg and punching him in the head repeatedly. Bocek in Henderson’s butterfly guard against the fence. scores the round 10-9 for Henderson

Round 2: Henderson lands a good left hand and moves in with a combination, which Bocek ducks under and uses to eventually dump Henderson to the mat. Henderson gets back to his feet almost immediately after threatening with the guillotine. Henderson bullying Bocek on the fence now, landing a nice knee to the head from the clinch. Lavigne separates them again. Henderson lands a beautiful leg kick, avoids a takedown and then lands a trip of his own which puts Bocek on his back. Bocek looking for a leg, but Henderson is making him pay every step with punches. Henderson avoids the sub and lands a knee as Bocek gets to his feet. Bocek drags Henderson to the mat, working a front headlock. Bocek looking for athe anaconda choke, which Henderson avoids, but Bocek has kept his arm under Henderson’s throat. After he threatens with the guillotine, Henderson gets to his feet and blasts knees to Bocek against the fence. Bocek is bleeding heavily from the head and Henderson turns it on at the end. scores the round 10-9 for Henderson

Round 3: Henderson gets taken down off of a leg kick. Henderson establishes full guard. Henderson rolls for an armbar and ends up on top of Bocek raining down some furious right hands. Henderson swinging mean here, as Bocek rolls for a leg. Bocek on Henderson’s back standing, but Henderson gets the underhooks and presses him against the fence right under the halfway mark. Bocek tries for a trip and Henderson makes him pay with a knee before tripping him to the mat. Bocek gets back to his feet, but Henderson takes him right back down against the fence. Bocek dives for a single, “Smooth” sprawls and hits Bocek with a knee as they get back to their feet. Henderson throws a few more good knees to Bocek against the fence, slipping in some punches where he can. They exchange in the center of the cage, with Henderson getting the better of it before getting taken down by Bocek. Ten to go and Henderson gets to his feet, landing knees and punches until the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Henderson

Ben Henderson defeated Mark Bocek via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Henderson is all smiles after netting his first UFC win in his first UFC fight: “I’m ready for everything, Joe.”

Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Jason Brilz

Jason Brilz kicks it old school, walking out to Pennywise’s “Bro Hymn.”

Dan Miragliotta will oversee this light heavyweight bout.

Round 1: They touch gloves and take to the center of the cage, Matyushenko getting off first with punches. Matyushenko stiffens Brilz with a right uppercut, left hand combination that sends him reeling to the mat, where “The Janitor” mops up with follow up ground and pound. That’s all she wrote, folks.

Vladimir Matyushenko defeated Jason Brilz via KO (right uppercut) at :20 of round 1.

Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida

Machida enters the arena first, to a dramatic entrance which celebrates his Japanese heritage before launching into a Linkin Park jam — he looks fired up. And there’s Steven Seagal again, wishing Machida luck. Look out for the deadly stuff, Randy.

They’ve really upped the game on the entrances for this fight. An American flag waves on the big screen as Couture walks out to “Lunatic Fringe,” by Red Rider, looking relaxed.

This battle between former champion will be overseen by Yves Lavigne.

Round 1: Machida takes to the center of the cage early on, with Couture moving well on the outside. Couture tries moving in behind a right hand. Machida lands a right hand as Couture tries to move in. Couture lands a right hand behind a takedown attempt. Couture lands a big left hook. So far, Couture is looking to get inside behind strikes and Machida is looking to land from the outside, both are having varying degrees of success. Couture with a nice shot to the body. Machida returns fire. Both men respecting the other and showing patience. Machida lands a knee and Couture does his best to keep ahold of the Brazilian, but is unable. Couture fails on another takedown but lands a few punches before trying to get the clinch again. Machida breaks free and lands a body kick. Machida with another lunging knee to the body. scores the round 10-9 for Machida

Round 2: Machida tags Couture with a few punches that have him on the mat briefly. Couture having trouble getting ahold of “The Dragon.” Machida knocks Couture out cold with a flying front kick reminiscent of the Karate Kid’s crane kick.

Looks like more people need to start training with Seagal..

A great display of respect is shown between the two men.

Lyoto Machida defeated Randy Couture via KO (front kick) at 1:05 of round 2.

Machida credits his dad and Steven Seagal and gets emotional while praising Couture and his legend.

Couture, less part of a tooth, tells Joe Rogan, “No, you’re not gonna see me again. This is it.”

And the crowd takes him out with a roar of applause.

José Aldo vs. Mark Hominick

For the UFC featherweight championship

Hominick comes out to the roaring applause of a hometown crowd, hat pulled low and looking like he means business.

Much like he did when he crashed Sacramento and beat up Urijah “The California Kid” Faber, Aldo enters the arena to “Run this Town” by Jay-Z, also looking fired up.

“Big” John McCarthy will ref this championship bout.

Round 1: They touch gloves to start things. Aldo moves in first with an uppercut-straight combo. Then a leg kick and a heavy uppercut to the body. Aldo with another leg kick. Another left hook to the liver, followed by another leg kick. Hominick moves in with a left hand of his own. Hominick has no time to check Aldo’s leg kicks, but he catches a front kick and knocks the champ off balance. Aldo gets to his feet and lands another leg kick. Aldo drives for a rare takedown and gets it, where Hominick looks for an armbar. Aldo has Hominick against the fence, but Hominick is too active for him to get much offense going. Aldo getting some elbows in and looks to have cut Hominick. A minute to go and McCarthy looks very close to standing them up. And he does. Aldo lands another leg kick, Hominick returns a left hook and Aldo completes another takedown with ten to go. scores the round 10-9 for Aldo

Round 2: They touch gloves again. Aldo with a leg kick. Hominick trying to walk down the champion, landing a nice left hook to the body. Aldo lands a nice uppercut. Aldo looking slightly fatigued, perhaps as a result of a difficult weight cut. Hominick stuffs a takedown and lands a nice straight right-left hook combo. Hominick is putting together his hands and outboxing the champ. Aldo gets the takedown. Hominick doing well at keeping Aldo from establishing much offense from the top. Until he cracks “The Machine” with a two big punches. McCarthy stands them up with a minute to go. Hominick lands a nice leg kick before Aldo drives back in and gets another takedown, landing in side control. scores the round 10-9 for Aldo

Round 3: Aldo with a big uppercut, but his punches look to have lost a little oomph. Hominick with an inside leg kick. Aldo with a leg kick. Hominick landing with punches on the feet, but Aldo displaying great head movement in avoiding many of them. Good one-two from Aldo. Aldo moves in for another takedown behind a few strikes and Hominick avoids it. Aldo with a nice counter left hook-leg kick combination. Aldo landing some punches with heat on the now. Hominick lands a nice straight right hand. Aldo gets the takedown briefly, but Hominick gets back to his feet. Hominick with a pair of jabs, making Aldo miss. Aldo wobbles Hominick with a right hand and follows him to the mat with ground and pound. Hominick looks to have recovered. Aldo lands a few punches from Hominick’s guard, then a nice elbow. scores the round 10-9 for Aldo

Round 4: Aldo with a chopping leg kick. Aldo lands a strong right hand; he hits low afterward and stops to apologize, event though the ref didn’t stop things. Aldo misses on a knee and lands low with his foot on accident. Aldo with a pair of leg kicks that are slowing Hominick down now. Aldo with another liver shot-leg kick combo. Hominick with a pair of jabs. Aldo sends Hominick to the mat with a straight right and follows him there, pressing him into the cage. Hominick has a goose egg on his forehead that must weigh a full pound. Aldo is beating Hominick down. McCarthy stops the fight to check Hominick’s head. I’ve never seen a hematoma that large on a fighter’s head before, it’s grotesque. Even though it looks like something is growing out of his head, Hominick continues. Aldo gets the takedown as the round closes. scores the round 10-9 for Aldo

Round 5: Aldo starts it off with a leg kick. Aldo slips a punch and lands a big left hook. Aldo lands a huge uppercut before Hominick takes him down, landing in half guard. Hominick is bleeding heavily from a cut on his cheek. Hominick landing some ground and pound from the top position. Hominick is stinging Aldo with punches from on top. Hominick is landing frequently, inciting a roar of the crowd. Whether or not he takes the title, Hominick is taking it to Aldo like no one has before. He is landing almost at will now and, with over a minute to go, a finish is possible. Thirty to go and Hominick is still beating Aldo up. Aldo is just surviving here. scores the round 10-8 for Hominick

José Aldo defeated Mark Hominick via unanimous decision (50-43, 48-46, 49-46)

Aldo gives all the props to Mark Hominick and said that he got a little heavier than usual between fights due to his long injury layoff.

Hominick thanks “Big” John for not stopping the fight and apologizes for stressing out his wife.

Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields

For the UFC welterweight championship

Shields makes his walk to the cage to “Renegades of Funk” by Rage Against the Machine, supported by the Cesar Gracie crew.

Predictably, the crowd goes crazy when St. Pierre enters the arena, backed by a French-speaking rapper.

Herb Dean will referee this championship bout.

Round 1: They start out striking and it isn’t long before Shields catches a kick from St. Pierre and presses him to the cage. St. Pierre shows deft takedown defense in staying on his feet using only one leg. Shields lands a nice body kick. St. Pierre misses on two spinning back kicks. St. Pierre lands a nice jab. St. Pierre misses on another turning side kick. St. Pierre sends home a good right hand. St. Pierre knocks Shields off balance with a jab as he tries for a kick. Shields grabs another kick, but St. Pierre stays on his feet. Shields switches to Southpaw briefly. St. Pierre showing some fancy footwork as he starts to warm up. scores the round 10-9 for St. Pierre

Round 2: Shields lands a right hand. St. Pierre lands a nice leg kick and continues to pump out a stiff jab. St. Pierre cracks Shields with an overhand right that looks to have him hurt. St. Pierre tries to find a home for that right hand again and barely whiffs it. St. Pierre with a spinning back kick. Shields tries to grab ahold of him, but St. Pierre breaks free without trouble. They briefly clinch again, but nothing comes of it. St. Pierre opening up and Shields briefly grabs onto his leg again off of a spinning back kick, but “Rush” backs out again. St. Pierre with a nice leg kick that knocks Shields off balance. scores the round 10-9 for St. Pierre

Round 3: Shields comes out aggressive, getting in St. Pierre’s face with multiple jabs, throwing off the champ’s rhythm. St. Pierre lands over the top with another right hand before stuffing another takedown attempt. St. Pierre tries for the liver shot, but misses. They clinch briefly, but St. Pierre throws Shields off of him. Shields misses on another takedown attempt. St. Pierre with a solid leg kick, then a short left hand. Shields with a body kick, but cannot get ahold of St. Pierre on the follow up clinch attempt. St. Pierre misses on the spinning back kick again. St. Pierre tosses Shields to the mat with ease with under twenty to go. scores the round 10-9 for St. Pierre

St. Pierre is having trouble seeing from his left eye.

Round 4: St. Pierre gets the takedown early, but won’t hang around long enough to engage him on the mat. As Rogan points out, St. Pierre is having his way with Shields, but isn’t putting much pressure on him or doing much damage, which won’t do much to dissuade his critics. Shields tries for the clinch again and is shucked off. St. Pierre drops Shields with a head kick. Shields grabs the single leg å la the Dan Henderson fight, but St. Pierre easily avoids it. Shields lands a one-two and starts to taunt the champion in the style of his teammates, the Diaz brothers. Shields is opening up on the feet now and has drawn blood from the champ. St. Pierre lands the overhand right. St. Pierre is bleeding pretty heavily from his nose. scores the round 10-9 for St. Pierre

Round 5: Shields is staying in St. Pierre’s face, smelling blood in the water. St. Pierre with a Superman jab. St. Pierre lands the overhand right again. Shields tries to rush in with a combination, but St. Pierre counters and keeps him off balance. St. Pierre checks the clock with just over three minutes to go. Rogan expresses his shock that St. Pierre hasn’t been able to do much damage to Shields. Shields with a nice jab. St. Pierre lands the jab. The crowd begins to boo the lack of action. St. Pierre tries for a takedown at the bell but can’t complete it. scores the round 10-10

Georges St. Pierre defeated Jake Shields via unanimous decision (50-45, 48-47, 48-47)

St. Pierre credits Shields for being better at stand up than he thought, explains that he cannot see out of his left eye and that he is unhappy with his performance.