“UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit” took place Saturday inside Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
A welterweight title unification bout between interim champ Carlos Condit and champion Georges St-Pierre headlined the festivities. A 170-pound affair with Martin Kampmann and Johny Hendricks served as the co-featured attraction.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Darren Elkins Defeated Steven Siler via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Elkins charges forward and scores with a combo. He has Siler clinched against the fence. Elkins trips him to the canvas and has three minutes to work. He postures up and lands some solid ground-and-pound. Siler got to his feet for a brief moment, but gets taken right back down. Elkins tries a guillotine choke, though Siler manages to escape. Elkins, 10-9.
2ndRound: Siler throws a sloppy kick and gets taken down for his troubles. Elkins eats a vicious upkick, but continues his assault. He takes Siler’s back and slaps on a rear-naked choke with a body triangle. Siler does a great job of avoiding the submission, he fended him off for more than two minutes. Elkins, 10-9.
3rdRound: Third verse, same as the first (and second) – Elkins plants his opponent on the mat. Siler fights to his feet. Elkins wrangles him to the ground once again. This will be a runaway victory for Elkins. Siler almost catches him in an anaconda choke, but is unable to pull off the rally. Elkins, 10-9, and easily runs the table, 30-27.
Ivan Menjivar Defeated Azamat Gashimov via Submission (Armbar) at 2:44 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Gashimov quickly drags him to the ground. Menjivar attempted an armbar from off his back, but Gashimov slams him off and lands back in full-guard. Menjivar slaps on another armbar and manages to go belly-down. Gashimov has no choice but to tap.
Matt Riddle Defeated John Maguire via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: Much jousting from both fighters to start things off, nothing devastating landing from either welterweight. Maguire catches a kick and Riddle jump-kicks him with the other. Riddle appears to be winning the standup battle. Nothing to write home about in the opening five minutes, so it’s a close one to call. Riddle, 10-9.
2ndRound: Riddle forges forward and has his opponent clinched against the cage. Maguire falls to the canvas and Riddle pounces. Riddle landed a couple of nice punches. They get stood up due to inactivity. Maguire scores with a left hook. He goes for a guillotine choke, but Riddle gets free. They are standing in the pocket and swinging for the fences just before the horn blares. Riddle won the violent exchange. Riddle, 10-9.
3rdRound: Riddle takes the center of the cage and is dictating much of the action. Maguire is unable to secure a takedown and eats a knee for his efforts. Riddle has him clinched against the cage with a minute to go. Maguire almost caught him in a last-second guillotine choke. Riddle, 10-9, and likely swept the cards, 30-27.
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Antonio Carvalho Defeated Rodrigo Damm via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Damm tags him with a straight right. He follows up with several unanswered leg kicks. Carvalho is now clobbering Damm’s lead leg, it’s bruising pretty quickly. Crowd clearly isn’t a fan of watching a leg kicking competition, as they start to rain down boos. Carvalho, 10-9. On a side note, Anderson Silva is cornering Damm.
2ndRound: Carvalho continues to batter Damm’s left thigh. It’s starting to look pretty nasty. Carvalho slips on a head kick and Damm tries to pounce. He tries to take Carvalho’s back, but nothing comes of it and they are back to their feet. Damm is starting to find his range. Carvalho scores with a right just before the stanza ends. Another close one to score. Carvalho, 10-9.
3rdRound: Crowd is really letting them have it now. Damm realizes he needs an finish and is going for the gusto. He scores with a flurry of punches. Damm is running out of time. The middle frame was close, so we’ll see. Damm, 10-9, but probably lost, 29-28.
John Makdessi Defeated Sam Stout via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
1stRound: Makdessi wobbles him with a counter right hand. He follows up with a stiff left jab. Stout continues to get beaten to the punch. Makdessi is scoring with his jab at will. Makdessi, 10-9.
2ndRound: Stout and his early-90s hairstyle is much more aggressive to start this round. He almost landed a takedown. Stout tags him with a head kick. Makdessi finds his jab again. Stout can’t finish off a single-leg takedown attempt. Stout, 10-9.
3rdRound: Makdessi tags him with a hook kick to the head. Stout counters with a one-two combo. Makdessi’s jab will be the story of this bout if he wins. Stout continues to march forward, nonetheless. Stout takes a shot to the groin and time is called. Game on. Makdessi, 10-9, and likely won, 29-28.
Cyrille Diabate Defeated Chad Griggs via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:24 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Griggs comes out like a house on fire. He’s a tad reckless with his attack and gets dropped with a right hand for his troubles. Diabate is unleashing some nice ground-and-pound. Griggs’ face is already a bloody mess. Diabate scores with a knee. Diabate takes his back and slaps on a rear-naked choke. It’s a wrap.
Patrick Cote Defeated Alessio Sakara via Disqualification (Punches to back of the head) at 1:26 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Cote is giving him the business early. Sakara continues to eat several shots to the dome. He comes firing back and now has Cote hurt. The Canadian drops to the canvas after eating two short elbows. Sakara starts to unload countless hammer-fists. Some of the punches appeared to be to the back of the head. The fight is stopped. The fans are booing after seeing the replay. At least four of the strikes were illegal. Cote is awarded with a disqualification victory.
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Pablo Garza Defeated Mark Hominick via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 30-26, 29-28)
1stRound: Garza has a clear reach advantage, so let’s see if Hominick can cut the distance. Both exchange leg kicks early. Garza lands a knee while in the clinch. Hominick is starting to find his groove. The Canadian connects on a one-two combo. Garza goes for a takedown, but Hominick ends up on top. Garza attempts an armbar from off his back. Hominick escapes and is punishing his opponent for the submission try. Garza eats a left hook to the body and drops to the mat. Hominick follows him to the canvas and is bringing the pain. Garza gets to his feet and opens up a nasty cut below Hominick’s right eye. Hominick, 10-9.
2ndRound: Garza scores on a one-two combo. He takes Hominick to the ground and ends up in full-guard after a scramble. Garza unleashing solid short elbows. Hominick is just getting blanketed. Now he has cuts around both eyes. Good ground-and-pound by Garza – he’s just slicing up Hominick’s face. Garza, 10-9.
3rdRound: Garza plants Hominick on his back. The assault isn’t nearly as vicious as in the prior frame, but Garza is doing just enough to keep the ref from standing them up. Hominick needs a miracle to pull this off. Hominick pushes free, but failed on an omoplata attempt and is on his back again. Garza, 10-9, and should have won, 29-28.
Rafael dos Anjos Defeated Mark Bocek via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Dos Anjos tags him with an uppercut to start things off. Bocek working hard for a single-leg takedown, but ends up eating several knees for his troubles. Bocek eats another solid uppercut. Bocek caught a kick, though still can’t secure a takedown. Dos Anjos, 10-9.
2ndRound: Dos Anjos catches an accidental kick to the cup and time is called. Game on. Dos Anjos socks him in the face and scores a takedown. Blood is gushing from Bocek’s mug, but he manages to scramble to his feet. Dos Anjos takes him right back down and is trying to secure his back. Dos Anjos is smothering him. Dos Anjos, 10-9.
3rdRound: Dos Anjos is dominating the Canadian in front of his countrymen. He picks Bocek up and slams him to the mat. Bocek is clinching him against the cage, but that’s not gonna cut it at this point. Dos Anjos, 10-9, and cruises to a 30-27 win.
Francis Carmont Defeated Tom Lawlor via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Lawlor immediately clinches him against the fence. They get separated due to inactivity. Carmont tags him with two kicks to the body. Very slow-paced fight thus far. Carmont tries a takedown, but gets caught in an arm-in guillotine choke on the way down. Carmont lands a big elbow just before the horn blares. Lawlor, 10-9.
2ndRound: Carmont scores with a big knee to the midsection. Lawlor presses him against the cage again. He’s working hard for a double-leg takedown and finally secures it. Carmont works his way to his feet, but gets planted right back down. Lawlor attempts another arm-in guillotine choke. Lawlor, 10-9.
3rdRound: Carmont has to know he needs a finish. He apparently doesn’t, because Lawlor easily clinches him against the cage once again. They are separated due to inactivity. The ref has been quick to pull that trigger tonight. Lawlor is working for a single-leg takedown, though seems content with holding Carmont against the cage. Lawlor, 10-9, and likely pulled off the upset, 30-27.
Even Carmont’s hometown crowd boos him for winning the decision. UFC president Dana White just tweeted, “Who cares! They both lost that fight.”
Johny Hendricks Defeated Martin Kampmann via KO (Punch) at :46 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Hendricks storms forward and tags Kampmann with three straight punches to the grill. Hendricks floors him with a thunderous left hand. Lights out!
It was like déjà vu all over again from Hendricks’ fight against Jon Fitch.
Georges St-Pierre Defeated Carlos Condit via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45) (St-Pierre unifies UFC welterweight title)
1stRound: Yves Lavigne is the third man inside the Octagon. St-Pierre takes the center of the ring and is on the attack. He grabs a hold of Condit’s left leg and easily drags him to the canvas. GSP continues to try to pass the full-guard, but is dropping decent punches in the meantime. St-Pierre keeps pulling on the back of Condit’s neck to prevent any surprise submissions. Condit is gushing blood from the right side of his forehead after eating a sharp elbow. St-Pierre, 10-9.
2ndRound: St-Pierre clocks him with a right hand. Condit is clearly not as confident as he was five minutes ago. Condit comes up empty on a flying knee and eats a big right hand for his troubles. Condit throws an arrant kick, St-Pierre catches it and plants him on his back with two minutes remaining. GSP is really targeting that cut now. It’s a bloody mess inside the cage. Condit raises his hands, unfazed by his battered mug. St-Pierre is now cut under his left eye. St-Pierre, 10-9.
3rdRound: Wow! Condit drops GSP with a head kick and pounces. St-Pierre somehow survives the onslaught and gets to his feet. St-Pierre now goes on the attack and tags Condit a couple of times. He picks Condit up and slams him to the mat. Condit fights to his feet, but St-Pierre easily gets him back down. This will be an interesting stanza to score because Condit got the knockdown, but GSP dominated the last half of the round. Condit, 10-9.
4thRound: Condit grazes him with another head kick. St-Pierre brushes it off and gets another takedown. He has four minutes to put in work. Condit is active with punches from the bottom. He attempts a triangle from his back, but St-Pierre powers through and unloads some bombs. Condit gets to his feet. GSP almost gets a takedown, though Condit reverses. St-Pierre scrambles and ends up on top. St-Pierre, 10-9.
5thRound: St-Pierre starts off the final frame with a punch-kick combo. Condit scores with a spinning-back kick to the midsection. St-Pierre landed a brief takedown. St-Pierre clocks him with a right hand. Condit answers with a left of his own. St-Pierre uses some punches to set up a takedown. GSP takes his back for a moment. St-Pierre, 10-9, and makes a triumphant return, 49-46.
* - Constantinos Philippou vs. Nick Ring removed from lineup