By Kevin Cantor
Mark Hominick vs. Pablo Garza
Mark Hominick entered this fight having lost his last three. His back was against the wall, and perhaps poetically, opponent Pablo Garza put his back on the mat in the second round. Garza controlled the round after a fairly competitive and entertaining striking battle in the first.
The third round was more of the same as Garza got a takedown about one minute in and used timely striking to control Hominick. The Canadian was active from the bottom looking for a submission, but his opponent knew how
Pablo Garza def. Mark Hominick via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-28)
Mark Bocek vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Mark Bocek found keeping the fight on its feet to be a struggle. Rafael dos Anjos did not do much damage on the ground, but he used his strength advantage to continually thwart Bocek’s attempts to escape.
The third round saw Bocek go on the offensive and try to get a takedown of his own, but he ended up eating a few punches and getting dumped on his head into the canvas. The battle was fairly even in the end, but dos Anjos did enough to secure the round and the win.
Rafael dos Anjos def. Mark Bocek via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Francis Carmont vs. Tom Lawlor
Francis Carmont takes a three fight UFC win streak into this bout. Lawlor pressed the action into the cage hoping for a takedown, but was unable to get the contest to the ground. Lawlor was able to get a late guillotine, but Carmont survived it.
Lawlor got a takedown halfway through the second round, but Carmont got the fight back to a vertical base. Lawlor again scored a takedown in the final minute. Lawlor locked in a guillotine at nearly the same point in the final seconds, but Carmont broke out and landed strikes as the bell sounded.
Lawlor pressed the action into the cage early on, before the official restarted the fight in the middle of the cage. The striking was fairly even in the back half of the final round. Lawlor and Carmont jockeyed for position until the final bell. Neither man did much, but Lawlor appeared to display just enough offense to earn the nod, although he came up short in the eyes of the judges.
Francis Carmont def. Tom Lawlor via Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann
It did not take long in this fight. A set-up right, and then a huge left hand by Johny Hendricks knocked Martin Kampmann down and out, less than one minute into the first round. After the bout Hendricks humbly requested a title shot.
Johny Hendricks def. Martin Kampmann via Knockout at :46 of Round One.
UFC Welterweight Championship Unification: Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit
A feeling out process of sorts in the first round with St. Pierre the aggressor and circling his opponent, St. Pierre scored a takedown about 90 seconds in and landed some vicious shots as the round progressed. Condit was covered in blood as the first frame concluded.
Georges St. Pierre avoided most of Condit’s strikes in the second round. About three minutes in GSP took the fight to the ground. Another round for the defending Champion.
Condit landed an early head kick that rocked GSP. Condit landed some big elbows on the ground, but at about the 90 second mark the fight resurfaced on its feet. GSP got a takedown and was able to turn the tables on the challenger in what looked like a lost round early on.
Another round and another takedown for St. Pierre. The volume of strikes is decreasing, but Condit is doing little to get to a better position. Condit looked to transition to an armbar, followed by a triangle, but GSP used the opportunity to move into half-guard.
GSP kept the pace up with strikes and an eventual takedown in the final round. At one point it looked like an old grappling session at Jackson’s Gym as the two rolled around before St. Pierre regained control inside Condit’s guard. The fight finished with the two embracing after a dominant 25 minute display by the returning Georges St. Pierre.
Georges St. Pierre def. Carlos Condit via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
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