“UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields” took place Saturday night inside the Rogers Centre in Canada. The Octagon’s debut in Toronto featured a pair of spectacular championship affairs.
Welterweight king Georges St-Pierre successfully defended his crown against Jake Shields in the night’s main event. After 25 minutes of grueling action, GSP handed the former Strikeforce middleweight champion his first loss in over six years to retain his belt.
Speaking of going the distance, UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo posted a lopsided unanimous decision win of his own over Mark Hominick in the card’s co-featured contest.
Pablo Garza Defeated Yves Jabouin via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:31 in the 1stRound
John Makdessi Defeated Kyle Watson via KO (Punch) at 1:27 in the 3rdRound
Jason MacDonald Defeated Ryan Jensen via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:37 in the 1stRound
Ivan Menjivar Defeated Charlie Valencia via TKO (Strikes) at 1:30 in the 1stRound
Claude Patrick Defeated Daniel Roberts via Unanimous Decision (29-28, All Three Judges)
Jake Ellenberger Defeated Sean Pierson via KO (Punch) at 2:42 in the 1stRound
Rory MacDonald Defeated Nate Diaz via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
Ben Henderson Defeated Mark Bocek via Unanimous Decision (30-27, All Three Judges)
Vladimir Matyushenko Defeated Jason Brilz via KO (Punches) at :20 in the 1stRound
Lyoto Machida Defeated Randy Couture via KO (Front Kick) at 1:09 in the 2ndRound
Jose Aldo Defeated Mark Hominick via Unanimous Decision (48-45, 48-46, 49-46) (Aldo Retains UFC Featherweight Title)
Georges St-Pierre Defeated Jake Shields via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 48-47, 48-47) (St-Pierre Retains UFC Welterweight Title)
Fight of the Night:
Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick ($129,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Pablo Garza ($129,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Lyoto Machida ($129,000)
According to UFC president Dana White, 55,724 screaming Canadians packed the Rogers Centre on Saturday night, garnering the company a live gate of $12.1 million. Yes, you did read that correctly.
The record-breaking show marked the company’s debut in Toronto, and White said, “We’d be back tomorrow if we could.” #Duh
St-Pierre and Couture were sent to the hospital to be examined. Therefore, neither star attended the presser.
Machida gave Steven Seagal props for urging him to utilize the career-ending kick on Couture. “The Dragon” claimed Seagal helped him “perfect” the strike.
Aldo’s eye was fairly banged up at the presser. He said he knew he won the first four rounds and he was just hanging on in the final stanza.
Aldo is expected to defend his belt next against Chad Mendes at UFC 133 in Philly.
Although everything appears to have went smoothly, White is concerned the new pay-per-view start time (9PM ET/6PM PT, instead of 10PM ET/7PM PT) may influence their buy rates.
White reiterated that Strikeforce fighters must fulfill their current deals before the UFC would pursue them.