Despite the bout going down much the way fans anticipated, there are still a number of takeaways from this fight that can be used in analysis of either man's future fights. On any other card, the UFC 158 co-main event between Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit at Bell Centre would have been a main event. The bad blood coming into this one was evident, and it's clear Diaz came in with the strategy to bloody up St-Pierre's face. You saw Diaz's frustration with the taunting and cheap shots after the rounds came to an end. Why would you expect them to like each other? I got work to do in the gym, but I will be back better next time.". Miller recovered quickly, but Mein had found his range, bloodying and then dropping Miller a second time with a body shot. Soon thereafter, the fight strayed to the mat, with Hendricks on top but Condit staying busy from his back. I think I’m done with mixed martial arts.”. The third was almost too close to call, and it seemed like the fighters knew it, as they each looked for takedown attempts that came up empty in an effort to pull into the lead. Hendricks went on the attack with his left hand from the opening bell, chasing Condit across the cage and throwing punches. On this night, the two welterweight contenders fought like it, with Hendricks squeezing out a close, but unanimous, three round decision win in an epic bout that cemented Hendricks’ claim to the number one contender’s spot in the 170-pound weight class and also secured Condit’s place as one of the most exciting fighters in the sport. Switching stances as the second started in the hopes of catching St-Pierre off guard, Diaz looked to be getting comfortable for a brief moment, which was just what GSP wanted, as he put Diaz on his back once again. The pattern of Condit getting taken down, rising, getting off some punches, and then getting taken down again played out one more time before the bell, and there was still five minutes to go in the action-packed scrap. And there would be no pre-fight touch of the gloves. This was my first time making the weight, this is a learning process for me, and I will work on that with my trainers and try to make sure this doesn’t happen next time. GSP may not get the flashy finishes that a Jon Jones or an Anderson Silva does, but it's hard not to call St-Pierre the truly perfect fighter after another display of technical brilliance. You could tell in the opening round that St-Pierre came out with bad intentions of simply wanting to beat Diaz up, as he controlled every second of the opening frame. Using lateral movement and pot shots, Ring had a better second round, but soon fatigue reared its ugly head, allowing Camozzi to get in his share of punches as well, with the result being that both men went back to the corner either bloodied or bruised up. Nick Diaz is an incredibly tough guy, and unless St-Pierre had blasted him into a coma or snapped an arm, Diaz wasn't giving up. Normally, Diaz is at least able to score points in between taunts but had no answers at UFC 158. Midway through the round, Voelker rallied back, and he seemed to be getting his opponent’s attention for the first time in the fight, prompting Cote, who was now bleeding from his forehead, to tie up against the fence. Looking to break out of a stretch where he lost three of his last four, Story stalked from the start, dropping Mulhern with a left in the opening minute. Diaz Silva def. Coming into UFC 158, the trash talk for the clash between Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz only heightened the anticipation. "I got rocked a couple of times in the first round; he definitely won the first round with his strikes," said Roop. There was solid standup action from both fighters in the early going, with Marquardt going on the attack, first with leg kicks, and then with combinations upstairs. Ricci switched things up in the second round, getting a quick takedown and immediately pushing Fletcher to the fence. Scores were 30-27 and 29-28 twice for Roop, a former lightweight and featherweight who improves to 13-10-1; Duran falls to 8-5-1. Listen, he hit me with something because I remember going down. Confident with the way the first round went, Dillashaw went on the attack in the second, catching and dropping Tamura with a left kick to the head. After the disappointing result, which saw Diaz lose by scores of 50-45 on all three scorecards, he hinted at retirement. Diaz was touted as the better boxer coming into UFC 158, but as you watched the main event, it became hard to classify him as such. Diaz Diaz def. But St-Pierre kept calm and carried on with his dominant wrestling to win the fight. Scores were 29-28 twice and 28-29 for Camozzi, now 19-5; Ring falls to 13-2. “I have to think if I still want to do this,” said Diaz. That question has bred discussion among MMA fans about what to believe and what not to when it comes to trash talk before a fight. At the end of the day it still is a sport, and you can still respect an opponent even if you don't like them personally. Camozzi was the more effective of the two southpaws though, tagging the Canadian with aggressive flurries and also while laying back and countering. I want to move up the ladder.". His actions inside the cage combined with those outside it beg the question: Did Diaz psyche himself out at UFC 158? With the win, Ellenberger improves to 29-6; Marquardt falls to 35-12-2. Scores for Makdessi, now 11-2, were 29-28 across the board; the loss drops Ultimate Fighter alum Cruickshank to 12-3. Ellenberger took his time getting on track, but once he was in his rhythm, he found his opening and pounced, nailing Marquardt with a flush right hand that sent the former Strikeforce champion to the mat and searching for a takedown. But just because two guys talk bad about one another, doesn't mean they can't respect one another's abilities inside the cage. Cruickshank was still dangerous though, which made Makdessi’s efforts even more impressive, as he kept engaging at close range. The main card opener didn’t get the Pay-Per-View portion of UFC 158 off to a rousing start, but it did get Montreal’s Mike Ricci his first UFC win, as he nabbed a unanimous decision over Colin Fletcher in a battle of recent Ultimate Fighter finalists. It was about the only time Diaz got anything going on the feet, and it was likely due to the fact St-Pierre was slowing down a bit. A lot of fans are going to dog Georges St-Pierre for failing to finish yet another fight after UFC 158. Condit Camozzi def. Lightweight Champion Retires With An Unprecendented Legacy Of Dominance, Watch These four Rare MMA Twister Finishes. Dillashaw (8-1) had little to worry about from Tamura (7-4) in the first round, as the Californian dominated the standup action, as well as the grappling against the fence that took up the majority of the opening stanza. Until the later rounds when GSP began to slow down, Diaz whiffed on his punches while St-Pierre used his jab to control the distance and evade Diaz. The first round was fought solely on the feet, with both fighters having their moments of success but neither being able to hurt or dominate the other, making it a tough stanza to score. Little of note was landed by either fighter in the first three minutes of the third round, with Ricci finally getting a roar from the crown as he scored a takedown, landed some ground strikes and then took his foe’s back, securing his first Octagon victory. Ryan Hall cleared to fight. From there, the die appeared to be cast, but Mulhern began to time Story’s rushes, landing some hard counters in the process. Seven years later, here’s how we called it the card from the Bell Centre…. I think I can get much better. Diaz has always been an emotional fighter, but behind that emotion was quite a bit of talent. Take a look back at a historic event in UFC history: UFC 158 in Montreal featuring Georges St-Pierre vs Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit vs Johny Hendricks and more. This time when Condit rose he used knees to break Hendricks’ grip, but the “Bigg Rigg” wouldn’t be rattled, scoring a third takedown right after eating another knee to the head. It's to be expected as fighters train for weeks about how to defeat another fighter in combat. The fifth round played out like the previous four, with St-Pierre never in any danger of losing his positioning, his control, or his title. After some standup from both fighters to kick off the bout, Miller made the first big move, taking Mein down in the opening minute. It wasn't enough for Diaz to mount an insane comeback, but it was enough for the challenger to do some damage. Fans may begin to wonder just what kind of mental state he was in coming into the contest and how it affected his performance. That's due to the fact that all three of the main feature bouts of UFC 158 were all contested at welterweight, and all had top guys competing in them. Diaz was impatient while waiting for St-Pierre to make that trip up those four steps, shaking the fence and trying to get close to the Montrealer, but after Bruce Buffer’s introductions, he would get his chance. Condit avoided danger, but did wind up with a bruise around the right eye before getting thrown to the canvas. Trash talk is part of the sport and will be around forever. 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