UFC 129: St. Pierre Retains Crown
Georges St. Pierre extended his UFC winning streak to nine matches on Saturday, beating Jake Shields via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.
St. Pierre earned the decision by not allowing Shields to take the fight to the ground and by landing jabs, overhand rights, and spinning back kicks. St. Pierre won 48-47 in two judges’s scorecards, while the third judge saw the Canadian winning 50-45. The win marked the sixth time that St. Pierre successfully defended his welterweight title. Despite the loss, Shields proved he is a far better striker than he is given credit for. The 32-year-old challenger landed stiff jabs and right crosses throughout the fight, causing St. Pierre to sustain damage in his left eye. “I think it was the second round,” St. Pierre said. “In the beginning, I was able to see. I can’t see out of my left eye right now. I just see a blur, and it’s very bad.”
In the co-main event, featherweight champion Jose Aldo defended his title in a brutal five-round fight against Mark Hominick. Aldo delivered an array of strikes that left Hominick with a large hematoma on the forehead. Hominick tried to rally in the final round by taking down Aldo and pounding his opponent relentlessly. In the end, Aldo’s early onslaught proved enough to earn him a unanimous decision, 50-43, 48-46, and 49-46.