Although welterweight king Georges St-Pierre valiantly tried to violently end Josh Koscheck’s night at UFC 124, the division’s G.O.A.T. was forced to settle for his third straight unanimous decision victory on Saturday night inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Prior to bumping his record to a dominant 22-2 mark in front of his hometown peeps, GSP’s biggest knock was his inability to finish off lesser opponents.
Despite following through with the relentless attack he threatened throughout fight week, parlayed with the fact Kos’ right eye was swollen completely shut heading into the championship rounds, the baddest 170-pounder in bare feet still couldn’t seal the deal.
Based on St-Pierre’s superior ground game, the Gambling Gods pegged him as a whopping 4-to-1 favorite to retain his title. Although he still unleashed a lopsided assault, his striking seminar was a pleasant surprise for pay-per-view purchasers that had complained all the livelong day about St-Pierre’s predictably boring – yet highly effective – fighting style.
GSP was the quicker and more technical striker for most of the evening. It appeared as though he was landing his lightning-quick left jab at will. Fast forward 25 landslide minutes and the Octagon’s future Hall of Famer walks away with runaway 50-45 unanimous decision sweep in his backyard of Montreal.
Following St-Pierre’s fifth consecutive successful title defense, UFC president Dana White reiterated at the post-fight press conference that former Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields has next dibs.
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