At UFC 167 Johny Hendricks gave Georges St. Pierre a beating like no one had ever done before.
Sure, GSP (25-2-0, 8 KOs) already had two losses on his record heading into his fight against Hendricks (15-2-0, 8 KOs), but “Rush” wasn’t truly dominated in either fight.
Matt Hughes took advantage of a nervous St. Pierre’s poor decision to go for a kimura from half-guard bottom at UFC 50, spinning to an armbar (popular counter in BJJ circles), subsequently forcing the tap. The second man to defeat GSP, Matt Serra, simply caught him with a hard shot he wasn’t able to recover from. A shot many in the MMA community called a fluke.
Hendricks’ performance didn’t earn him the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s welterweight title since two of the three Octagon-side judges scored the bout 48-47 in GSP’s favor, giving the Canadian his ninth successful title defense, but the performance propelled Hendricks to UFC elite status. If St. Pierre changes his mind about taking a break from MMA, “BIgg Rigg” will get an immediate rematch.
That doesn’t mean Johny isn’t still sour about what he — and about 50 percent of the MMA community — feels was a gift decision to GSP at UFC 167.
“I outstruck him, outjabbed him, I landed combinations,” Hendricks said on the Nov. 20 episode of ‘UFC Tonight.’ “He couldn’t take me down. He took me down once in the first ten seconds, who cares. I made the correction; he couldn’t take me down no more. I took him down. I actually was able to hold him down, do ground and pound. He looked like he got hit with a sledgehammer multiple times in the face and I had a little bruise. You know what I mean? So, I pretty much won the fight everywhere it could go, and it just didn’t go on the scorecards.”
It’s hard to fault Hendricks for his stance since I personally scored the fight 48-47 in his favor while watching live. However, after watching a replay, GSP seemed to be the rightful winner under the ten-point must scoring system edging out the first, third and fifth rounds.
Now, if Pride FC rules were in place at UFC 167, Hendricks would have been the rightful winner since that scoring system is based on assessing the entire fight as whole.
Simply put, Hendricks was the more dominant fighter at UFC 167, while GSP played the game better.