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UFC 154: Georges St-Pierre Vs. Carlos Condit

Georges St-Pierre (c) vs. Carlos Condit (ic) for the unified UFC welterweight championship

We’ve arrived at the main event, as UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (22-2) returns to the Octagon to face interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (28-5). The talk is over, the fighters have hit the Octagon, and it’s time to see who will lead the 170-pound division into 2013. The referee will be Yves Lavigne.

Round 1: What an atmosphere. The Bell Centre was a perfect place for GSP’s return, as the Canadian crowd quickly begins chanting. No signs of Octagon rust, as both men are moving, flowing perfectly right off the bat. Condit throwing a lot of leg kicks, as GSP comes in and throws a huge right. GSP has Condit caught up against the fence. Condit lands a nice right off a combo attempt, and GSP fires back with a kick. GSP with a nice right, as Condit counters. GSP goes for the single-leg, and gets it, scoring with his first takedown attempt. Condit goes for a quick armbar, but GSP rolls out and goes back to attack. GSP in half-guard, unloads with a nice left-right. GSP throwing more lefts and rights in the guard of Condit. GSP storms down with a big right and back into the guard. Total control, but GSP is leaving his arm open and Condit is looking for a potential armbar – much like Vitor Belfort did to Jon Jones earlier this year.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for St-Pierre

Round 2: There’s a cut over the right eye of Condit, who also has some damage under the same eye that I noticed before he entered the Octagon. An elbow by GSP bloodied up Condit’s face. Condit fluid, throwing a nice punch-kick combo, and another, though neither do much damage. GSP throws his own head kick that Condit moves away from with ease. Big right connects by GSP, as Condit throws a couple of kicks at the lead left leg of GSP. Another head kick attempt by GSP, as Condit is trapped along the fence. Straight left jab by GSP lands, and the blood starts to flow. Condit with a combo that backs GSP up, and a body shot courtesy of Condit. GSP times Condit and lands a right that excites the Montreal crowd. Blood coming from the nose of Condit now, as well as the eye area. Spinning back fist by Condit catches GSP’s hand and Condit winces. GSP drops and gets the takedown, moving into half-guard and landing an elbow, as the blood is pouring from the face of Condit. Blood is covering the back of Condit, as the interim champion tries fighting off his back. Condit throwing elbows towards the head of GSP as we go under a minute in the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for St-Pierre

Round 3: Small cut under the left eye of GSP, but nothing like the one Condit has. A left and a side kick by GSP, but Condit lands a kick to the head of GSP that floors him and Condit pounces. Condit is on top, landing big rights to the head. Elbow to the head by Condit, as a huge head kick connected and sent GSP flying back. Condit in control, hammering away and he has opened a cut under the eye of GSP. St-Pierre gets up and eat a left. GSP comes in, angered, lands a left, a right and gets the takedown. Over two minutes left in this round, as Condit is going for a submission from his back. Swelling for GSP on the right side of his head, and Condit delivers some nice elbows to the top of GSP’s head, as well. St-Pierre firing back with elbows of his own, working the body of Condit with rights. Condit gets up to his feet, as GSP is able to break an arm submission lock by GSP. Condit looking for the armbar again, as GSP moves into half-guard with 20 seconds left in the round. What a crazy five minutes.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Condit

Round 4: The replay of the Condit head-kick was incredible, as it came out of nowhere and GSP never saw it coming. GSP catches, and lands a kick of his own, as we get a small screen of Anderson Silva watching the fight from Octagon-side. GSP gets the takedown and into side-control with four minutes to go. GSP landing, but so is Condit from the bottom. Nice right lands by GSP, as he goes body-head, but Condit fires back. Condit attempting another armbar, now a knee-bar, and moves into a triangle attempt. GSP gets out, as both are slippery from sweat and blood. Condit gets to his feet, and reverses into control. GSP gets up, and takes Condit down, and Silva offers a clap. Silva seemed legit worried when Condit reversed the takedown.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for St-Pierre

Round 5: We’ve reached the fifth round, and I know I may be living in the present, but this is Fight of the Year as far as I’m concerned. Condit’s corner tells him he needs to finish GSP to win the fight. Condit looking for a big shot, as he cannot afford to get too close to GSP and risk the takedown again. GSP with a huge right connects. Three minutes to go, and Condit comes in with a flying right and a straight left. GSP blocks the head kick attempt, but eats a left on an exchange. Uppercut misses by Condit. GSP lands a stiff jab, and a double-jab, and has Condit up against the fence. GSP gets the takedown and we go under two minutes with GSP in half-guard. GSP working for the submission, while also being cautious now as 90 seconds remain. GSP takes the back as Condit gives it up trying to make something happen with a minute left. Can’t fault Condit there, as he knew the situation. Body shots by GSP, as the crowd begins cheering, incluing Silva. Condit going for a kimura as we go under 10 seconds. Vicious elbows will finish this battle by GSP.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for St-Pierre

Georges St-Pierre def. Carlos Condit via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45) to become the unified UFC welterweight champion