Lost in the madness of Georges St-Pierre’s abrupt announcement to temporarily leave MMA after taking a highly controversial (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) split decision win over Johny Hendricks (pictured) at UFC 167 was the fact Hendricks may have been robbed in front of millions of people.
While two of the three judges sitting just inches from the action awarded St-Pierre with the win, UFC president Dana White and nearly every fan inside MGM Grand Garden Arena disagreed with the verdict.
According to FightMetric.com, the UFC’s official stat provider, Hendricks should have left Las Vegas with the welterweight belt wrapped around his waist.
In the first round, the only stanza where there was a discrepancy between the judges, Hendricks landed 27 total strikes to St-Pierre’s 26. They each also had one takedown.
In the second period, Hendricks scored 37 total strikes to the champ’s 30. Neither fighter tried a takedown.
In the middle frame, St-Pierre connected on 32 total strikes while “Bigg Rigg” had 22. Hendricks also secured one takedown.
In the fourth round, Hendricks (42) nearly doubled GSP (24) in total strikes. The challenger was unsuccessful on his lone takedown try.
In the final five minutes, Hendricks edged “Rush” in total strikes 15 to 13. However, St-Pierre was true on two of his four takedown attempts.
In all, GSP landed more significant strikes (101 to 85), while Hendricks connected on more total strikes (142 to 125). They both were good on half of their takedowns – St-Pierre was three for six, while Hendricks was two for four.
The UFC’s official number crunchers state Hendricks should have won, 48-47. BTW, that’s the same tally 5thRound.com had.
UFC 167 took place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Nevada.
Please feel free to click the tabs on the stat sheet below to get a better understanding of what took place in Saturday night’s main event: