UFC 158 is officially over, and fans were treated to an exciting welterweight championship between Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz. It was a great battle between two warriors of the octagon, but Georges proved to be the better athlete and wrestler, earning a unanimous decision.
From the opening round, Georges initiated the take down and was able to get it. Diaz was forced to work off his back, where Georges landed some good elbows inside his opponent’s guard.
This was essentially the summary for the first three rounds. It was apparent that GSP would be able to take Diaz down at will, but he had surprising difficulty doing so in the third and fourth rounds. This was Diaz time to shine, and he landed some good shots to the body of Georges, forcing him to expend a lot of energy.
Georges ended up getting the take down once again before Diaz gained any momentum, though, giving him the unanimous decision with a 50-45 tally on all three score cards.
It was a gritty fight that saw that heart of two warriors put it all out there for the fans. GSP didn’t get the finish, which is a testament to the durability of Diaz. In the post-fight interview, Diaz told Joe Rogan that he doesn’t know if he will compete in MMA anymore. He went on to say he’s tired of getting beat up like he did, and that he may have saved up enough money to do something else.
Regardless of whether Nick competes anymore, it was a true honor to watch his wars over the years. He is one of the most interesting and exciting fighters to ever step inside the ring.
For Georges, he will now (likely) face Johny Hendricks, or a possible (but less likely for now) super-fight with Anderson Silva after the middleweight champ takes on Chris Weidman. Both fights would be tremendous for his career, and would truly cement his status as being the best pound-for-pound fighter if he comes out victorious.
On Saturday, Georges shined in his home country, and put on a wrestling and grappling clinic. It was a much-needed win for GSP that showed why is he considered the best welterweight in the world.