THUNDER BAY – It was a solid return to the ring, that showed no evidence of ‘ring rust’ as Georges St Pierre won in a blazing and bloody style at UFC 154 in Montreal last night over his opponent Carlos Condit. The UFC shares, “St-Pierre and Condit took home Fight of the Night for their welterweight title unification bout. The two champions engaged in an exciting scrap that left both men bloody and battered. The judges awarded St-Pierre the unanimous decision, making him the undisputed UFC® welterweight champion”.
There are a lot of UFC® fans in Thunder Bay, and for many gathering to watch the fight card is an important part of the enjoyment of the event.
April T for example made a stop by the Urban Boutique on Saturday to ensure that she was properly attired for the event. Part of the requirements NNL was told for a successful and fun night out.
Hendricks earned Knockout of the Night for his jaw-dropping knockout of fellow contender Martin Kampmann. Hendricks didn’t need long to land his vaunted left hand, dropping Kampmann early with a single punch. With the win, Hendricks made a case for a potential title shot against St-Pierre.
Menjivar was awarded Submisison of the Night for his first-round tapout of UFC® newcomer Azamat Gashimov. After weathering an early storm from Gashimov, Menjivar secured an armbar that forced a quick tap.
All bonused fighters received $70,000 for their efforts.
From the UFC® here are the results from Montreal…
It wasn’t the way Quebec’s Patrick Cote wanted to get his first UFC win since 2008, but he’ll take it, as a bizarre finish to what was shaping up to be an exciting middleweight scrap saw Alessio Sakara disqualified for illegal blows to the back of the head in the first round of their UFC 154 preliminary bout at Bell Centre Saturday night.
“I was expecting a war and that’s what he gave me,” said Cote. “But there are rules for a reason.”
“It was not intentional at all,” said a contrite Sakara. “I’m sorry.”
After a brief feeling out process, it didn’t take long for a fight to break out, and initially, it looked like Cote would get the better of his foe as he broke loose from a clinch with a series of hard hooks. As the two moved to the cage though, it was Sakara breaking into the lead with a hard shot to the head that jarred Cote. The two began to trade blows again, but then Cote got drilled and hit the deck. He tried to get back to his feet, but Sakara began to hammerfist the Canadian. Unfortunately, several blows were to the back of Cote’s head, eventually putting him down and out. Referee Dan Miragliotta intervened at the 1:26 mark, disqualifying Sakara for his transgressions.
With the win, Cote improves to 19-8; Sakara falls to 19-10 with 1 NC.
GRIGGS vs. DIABATE
Griggs attempted to catch Diabate napping as the bout commenced, but the Frenchman was ready for him, landing with a knee and then halting a wild rush with a left that dropped the American. Griggs was able to shake the cobwebs loose, but Diabate kept on him, bloodying Griggs with a knee as the two stood against the cage. Griggs kept trying to break loose, but Diabate remained cool, and in the process locked in a rear naked choke that produced a tap 2:24 into the fight.
With the win, Diabate improves to 20-8-3; Griggs falls to 11-3.
STOUT vs. MAKDESSI
Scores were 30-27 twice and 29-28 for Makdessi, who improved to 10-2; Stout falls to 19-8-1.
Stout went swinging for the cheap seats from the start, showing little respect for Makdessi’s striking prowess. But the Montrealer dodged the wild attacks while taking the time to set up his own offense, and little by little, it was the relaxed Makdessi landing the crisper and more accurate strikes, reddening Stout’s face in the process.
Continuing to press the action in round two, Stout began to have some success with his jab as well as with a quick takedown. Makdessi, who shot right up immediately after hitting the deck, went back to picking Stout apart with quick counterstrikes, though you had to wonder if he was getting credit for his cool, calm, and collected style as opposed to the more frenetic one favored by Ontario’s Stout.
Makdessi put on a sharpshooting clinic in the third round, mixing things up to where Stout didn’t know where the punches or kicks were coming from. To his credit, Stout kept moving forward in an attempt to make something happen, but he was unable to do so against “The Bull,” who was more the matador in this one, and impressively so.
DAMM vs. CARVALHO
The fighters almost exclusively traded leg kicks in the opening round, with Damm appearing to hold a slight edge, though both were marked up by the attacks.
After two minutes of the same action in round two, a wild scramble did draw some cheers, but neither fighter was able to use it to take control of the fight, and moments later, it was back to the tactical standup chess game, which didn’t particularly please the booing crowd. By the final minute, Damm was mixing in more punches, primarily a quick jab, but it was Carvalho (15-5) getting the last word with a hard right hand at the end of the round.
Damm (10-6) upped his work rate in the third while remaining on his feet, though it wasn’t enough to win over the judges, as Carvalho was awarded the decision by scores of 29-28 twice and 28-29.
RIDDLE vs. MAGUIRE
Matt Riddle didn’t have to endure any “Deep Waters” in his welterweight bout with John Maguire, winning a clear-cut three round unanimous decision.
Scores were 30-27 twice and 29-28
Riddle’s standup was sharp early, as he potshotted Maguire with punches to the face and kicks to the leg, all the while avoiding the Cambridge, England native’s attempts to catch those kicks and get the takedown, even nailing his foe with a back kick at one point while his other leg was occupied.
Maguire (18-5), seemingly unbothered by the slow start, got in gear in the second frame, showing off some crisp standup of his own before Riddle got him to the mat and began landing with ground strikes both standing and from the top position. With under two minutes left, referee Yves Lavigne stood the prone Maguire up, and the bout strayed to the fence and then back to the canvas, with Riddle showing good defense to stay out of trouble there before rising to his feet and getting the crowd into it with a late flurry of strikes.
Riddle (7-3, 1 NC) controlled all but the last 10 seconds of the bout, both striking and grappling wise, with Maguire showing little sense of urgency until a submission attempt just before the bell that was too little too late.