Well, UFC 167 “St. Pierre vs. Hendricks” is over, and what an incredible night of fights. Robbie Lawler vs. Rory Macdonald was a back-and-forth fight between an up-and-comer versus a seasoned veteran and was an absolutely great fight that ended with Lawler winning a close decision. Rashad Evans dispatched of Chael Sonnen fairly quickly with a series of punches at 4:05 of the first round, but the real exclamation mark of the event was the absolute back-and-forth scrap between welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre and Johnny Hendricks for the welterweight title.
Fans are absolutely polarized and the result of the event is highly contentious. St. Pierre managed to walk away the victor by split decision (48-47, 48-47, 47-48), but many argue that Hendricks won the fight decisively. St. Pierre’s damage was much more apparent, as he was bruised and bloodied by the counter punches and elbows of Hendricks. Hendricks did not show any visible bruising or cuts and was incredibly fresh in this fight all while smiling and taunting the champion.
St. Pierre’s performance was incredible. He took a beating and kept on ticking, and demonstrated the heart of a true champion Saturday night. He was forced into compromising positions and was unable to execute his typical takedown game. St. Pierre was forced to spend a majority of this fight counter punching and kicking Hendricks from the outside. St. Pierre was quoted as saying that this was the toughest fight of his career and it definitely showed.
The next logical step for St. Pierre and Hendricks is an automatic rematch. St. Pierre barely managed to win that fight and this is a pretty sizable blemish on the French-Canadian’s legacy. Hendricks was heated in his post-fight interview claiming that the judges wronged him and that he felt that he did enough to beat the champ. This rematch seems to be postponed, as St. Pierre implied that he would be taking an unknown amount of time off to “deal with some personal issues”. Regardless of when St. Pierre chooses to return that rematch must happen.