Although welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre notched his seventh consecutive lopsided victory at UFC 111, fans and GSP alike left the Prudential Center in New Jersey unsatisfied on Saturday night.
For his second straight outing, St-Pierre was unable to put away an opponent he was thoroughly manhandling. Despite bumping his pro record to a dominant 20-2, the French-Canadian wasn’t impressed with his unanimous decision (50-43, 50-44, 50-45) performance.
“It’s a win, but I’m not very happy of myself,” a disappointed St-Pierre admitted after defeating Dan Hardy. “I did a lot of stupid technical mistakes. I thought I’d fight him where I thought he was the weakest, on the ground.
“But he’s a lot better than I thought he was.”
On two separate occasions, GSP, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, presented Hardy with opportunities to tap out after isolating his arm in very compromising positions.
Late in the 1stRound, St-Pierre synced in a tight armbar, however the Brit refused to give up and ultimately escaped. Later in the 4thRound, the champ got hold of a kimura, but Hardy once again resisted the urge to submit and managed to miraculously salvage his limb once again.
“I thought he was made of rubber,” St-Pierre jokingly stated after fight. “Congratulations to Dan Hardy, he did a lot better than I did when I had my first title shot back against Matt Hughes.”
After another landslide win, clearly the only thing detractors can say about St-Pierre is that he lacks the highlight reel finishes that other greats possess. Although a win is a win, even GSP knows his legacy may not shine as bright if he doesn’t start ending fights early.
“I just want to apologize to my fans,” St-Pierre stated. “I’m sorry. I’m going to come back better next time. I’m very sorry, I wanted to finish this fight in beautiful fashion and I’m very sorry.”