UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre took out another tough challenger to his throne in convincing fashion last Saturday night when he defeated Jake Shields via decision, but “Rush” is receiving no shortage of criticism as a result of his inability to finish Shields, whom he was clearly dominating.
Though there may be some merit to the criticism levied his way, it should be kept in mind that St. Pierre defeated a fighter who has not been beaten — let alone finished — since 2004 in fifteen professional fights with a significant eye injury, which he sustained fairly early on in the five round fight.
St. Pierre tweeted about his injury following the sixth defense of his title.
“Hey everybody, leaving the hospital soon, just finished all my eye tests,” he wrote. “I still don’t see anything from my left eye, but I’ll be [fine].”
He updated shortly thereafter, saying that he isn’t necessarily out of the woods yet, but that it doesn’t appear to be a serious injury.
“I’ll need to see a doctor in the next days! Yesterday I was told it was not a retina problem,” he posted.
Check out the video below to see the strike which caused St. Pierre to temporarily lose his vision.