UFC certainly delivered last night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, with a card that had fans on the edge of their seats. Jake Ellenberger earned knockout of the night over Nate Marquardt, Carlos Condit and Johny Hendricks clashed in a war that earned “Fight of the Night”, and Georges St-Pierre retained his welterweight title for an eighth consecutive time by defeating Nick Diaz by unanimous decision.
Hendricks was able to walk away with the unanimous decision victory, all judges scoring the bout 29-28 in favor of “Big Rigg”, but many felt that Condit had done enough to earn the decision. I felt the judges were correct.
Despite Condit’s late surge, Hendrick’s 12 takedowns would be the difference in the fight. Even though Condit was able to get to his feet on every occasion, Hendricks was able to put him on the mat too easily. Hendricks landed bombs in a few of the heated exchanges, and while he wasn’t able to put a game Condit to sleep, Hendricks did enough to secure the decision.
It was a non-stop battle and very close, but Condit needs to work on his takedown defense rather than his scrambling ability. This is his second consecutive loss because he has been unable to defend the takedown. As for Hendricks, he needs to work on his striking defense. Condit landed too many clean strikes throughout the fight, including a kick to the face, flying knees and punches. If Hendricks is going to pose a threat to the champion, he needs to be able to defend strikes – especially a jab.
After the fight Hendricks called out St. Pierre once again. With St. Pierre’s title defense successful against Diaz, maybe fight fans will now be able to see the true number one contender get his shot at the 170-pound strap.