George's St. Pierre given a controversial win. Photo credit to:mmaweekly.com
GSP (George St. Pierre) is considered to be one of the greatest pound for pound MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighters and champions not just in modern time, but of all-time. On Saturday night, he was tested and won his 12th the octagon, and also may have retired from the sport altogether.
The highly anticipated fight did not end without controversy. GSP's opponent Johnny "Big Rig" Hendricks was the fighter who many thought should have had his hand raised by the end of the night. Judging solely by looks, Hendricks was the clear victor. GSP has never looked that beaten up in his career. Hendricks, on the other hand, looked as though he had just gotten into a fight with his daughter. GSP did land a number of significant shots and managed to take him down a time or two, but the majority of spectators attending the fight felt that it was Hendricks who did the most to win the fight. Even with his small size, he managed to get inside on GSP and land a number of heavy blows and displayed his wrestling with his own takedowns.
In the end, the judges scored the fight 48-47, 47-48, and 48-47, giving the champion a split decision victory. After hearing the decision, Hendricks fell to his knees in disappointment. Immediately following the fight, GSP shocked the MMA world.
"I have to hang up my gloves for a little bit," said GSP in a stunning post fight interview. "Thank you to the UFC for giving me the chance. I am very emotional."
GSP went on to say that this was the toughest fight he has ever been involved in. The reigning champ has earned a massive amount of respect in his career and deserves to go out on top, and leave on his terms. However, that is not what UFC fans and UFC president Dana White had in mind.
"GSP shouldn't walk away," said Dana White according to Todd Grisham, ESPN host/announcer. "He owes it to the fans and to the sport to fight Hendricks again."
Some may have seen Whites quote as a sign of disrespect, but nobody would be opposed to seeing a rematch of GSP's toughest fight. Johnny Hendricks not only thought he won the fight, but sent a message about his future in the UFC.
"I thought I won the fight," said Hendricks in a post-fight interview. "G is a great competitor, it sucks, but I'm coming back...I want that belt, that's what I just earned but it was taken away from me. I swear to God, that won't happen again."