UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre showed exactly why he is considered to be among the most dominant champions of mixed martial arts today with a one-sided, prolonged mauling over the UK “Outlaw”, Dan Hardy.
The pair went at it for the full five rounds during UFC 111, but ultimately it was GSP’s explosive takedowns and dominant wrestling that brought the lopsided unanimous decision home for the defending champion. There were several moments in the bout when St. Pierre looked to have Hardy in bone splintering arm locks, but Hardy somehow found a way to grit it until the bitter end.
Jon Fitch may be the next challenger for St. Pierre’s crown as the 13-time UFC veteran notched his fourth consecutive victory since suffering defeat at the hands of GSP. Fitch did what he does best this evening, as the AKA trained fighter completely grinded out Ben Saunders over three rounds to pick up the unanimous decision in a bout that will definitely not be picking up “Fight of the Night” honors.
The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly when Shane Carwin put up the most impressive performance of his career with a brutal knockout over former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. The win tonight set up a heavyweight title clash for all the marbles in the UFC heavyweight division against Brock Lesnar in the near future.
Also picking up impressive victories at UFC 111 was Nate Diaz, battering Rory Markham senseless; along with Kurt Pellegrino, Ricardo Almeida and Rousimar Palhares, who all picked up notable submission victories.
A full list of results from UFC 111 is below:
Matt Riddle def. Greg Soto via disqualification (illegal upkick) – Round 3
Jared Hamman def. Rodney Wallace via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Rousimar Palhares def. Tomasz Drwal via submission (heel hook) – Round 1
Ricardo Almeida def. Matt Brown via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2
Nate Diaz def. Rory Markham via TKO – Round 1
Jim Miller def. Mark Bocek via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jon Fitch def. Ben Saunders via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kurt Pellegrino def. Fabricio Camoes via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2
Shane Carwin def. Frank Mir via knockout – Round 1
Georges St. Pierre def. Dan Hardy via unanimous decision (50-43, 50-44, 50-45)