As soon as “The Voice of the Octagon” Bruce Buffer read the judges’ scorecards, nearly everyone in the MMA world wondered how welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (pictured) could have possibly been awarded a split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167.
The image above is how.
Judge Glenn Trowbridge is the lone ranger who had Hendricks winning. Sal D’Amato and Tony Weeks had GSP retaining his crown.
The first round is where D’Amato and Weeks’ vision differed from Trowbridge’s, and that opening five minutes turned out to be the death of Hendricks.
St-Pierre and Hendricks each scored one brief takedown in the opening frame, however Hendricks landed several big lefts and some elbows that significantly marked up St-Pierre’s face. Nonetheless, D’Amato and Weeks felt the champion won the period.
After that, the trio started copying each other’s scorecards. They all had Hendricks taking the second and fourth frames, while awarding St-Pierre with the third and final stanzas.
UFC president Dana White said he had St-Pierre winning only the middle round.
After the controversial victory, St-Pierre announced he’s taking a temporary leave from MMA to tend to personal matters.
UFC 167 took place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.