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Georges St. Pierre grinds out Dan Hardy during UFC 111

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)

  • fanoftna33 says:

    good solid night of fights, I though Bochek acually won his fight and the ref in the Carwin Mir fight shoul retire as Mir was laid out prone and still taking shot’s.

  • crane_style says:

    I agree, Bocek won that fight.

    And the only reason GSP didn’t “submit” Hardy was too tough to tap, and GSP didn’t want to break his arm.

    GSP = p4p king. Who has put that many dominate performances together in a row, against such high level competition?

  • xtreme_machine says:

    There is only 1 question to be answer

    HOW IS NEXT???????????

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Someone should take the GSP fight and show it as an instructional video on how to neutralize a striker. Hardy was more than game and I got alot of respect for his courage but, he was just outclassed.

    GSP knew the only faint hope of Hardy had of winning was on his feet so he made sure he spent most of the match on the ground.

    It really doesn’t get better.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i thought the first round by Georges was almost perfect jui jitsu, didnt even land one strike, if that arm bar had have finished the fight it would have been awesome. Dan’s crazy with escaping submissions, i remember he fought for Cage Force in Japan, spent 15 minutes defending and reversing subs before winning.

    hopefully the winner of Koshcheck/Daley gets the next shot

    great to see nate diaz win by strikes to the back of the head, markham didnt deserve anything more, fucking chump

    dan magliata (sp?) is a cunt, fuck him, fucking glorified bouncer get the fuck out of this sport, fucking dumb meathead doesnt have a clue

  • moosebaby02 says:

    i say you put Kos, Daley, and Fitch all in the cage with GSP and see what happens?
    The man is a beast and truly a dominate force. I guess all that is left is for him to move up to MW

  • MickeyC says:

    i loved seeing hardy getting shut down. wished i couod have seen his arm snap. maybe he willbshow a bit of respect if it is deserved next time. if george is truthful about being the best pound 4 pound he has to move up to anderson. i just don’t think anyone can test him @ 170.

  • MickeyC says:

    miller lost. where were all the desent refs lastnight. herb, big john we needed ya out there.

  • MickeyC says:

    diez looked good. he is really looking like his brother in the striking department. fitch dis really getting stail to me. heneeds to fight the winner of kos-daily for the next shot at the belt.

  • beef says:

    Is anyone else concerned that GSP’s BJJ didn’t look very technically sound last night? I mean he was so dominant on the ground that he was basically able to do whatever he wanted yet he couldn’t “complete” his 2 big sub attempts. I understand that Hardy may be known for being tough to sub but he didn’t feel the “full” sub as one should when in those positions vs a BJJ practitioner who knew what they were doing.

    Round 1: GSP uses phenominal wrestling to get a perfect position for an armbar… And proceeds to use it to try and bend Hardy’s _shoulder_ instead of using his hips to apply an _armbar_. If he did that properly then I think we would’ve seen Hardy tap. Else he would’ve truely earned a reputation for being impossible to make tap… Else his arm would’ve broke.

    Round 3(?): GSP gets in perfect North-South position to _start_ the kimura and apply some torque. I could not understand why he didn’t _finish_ the kimura and move to side sontrol opposite the bent arm/shoulder to fully torque it and either force a sub or dislocate the shoulder. Either would’ve finished the fight.

    Either GSP is too kind a BJJ player, he didn’t really want to sub Hardy or (my best guess) he needs to work oni mproving his BJJ technique.

  • Makington says:

    To me it looked like although I’m sure GSP would break Hardy’s arm, he obviously didn’t want to, and he didn’t torque as hard as he could have consequently. It looked like he put just enough pressure to tell Hardy that he COULD break his arm, so just tap and save yourself the trouble. By the time he knew full well Hardy wasn’t going to tap and he’d have to break it, Hardy was out.

    I bet if GSP knew beforehand that Hardy definitely wasn’t going to tap, then he would have applied more pressure from the start. He might have even went Rousimar Palhares on Dan and broke his bone, and held onto the submission a good 3 seconds after he felt tapping. Rousimar you goof!

  • qat says:

    im pretty sure he did not want to break his arm.. would not look to good with the press as well.
    but im a little disappointed, he could have pounded on hardy way more.

  • mabus says:

    Is GSP too nice with his BJJ? Well, after the fight he tweaked his technique, but mostly, his pride won’t really allow him to “power” a move with pure brutality. He’s looking for aesthetic excellence and beauty in his fighting. GSP is methodical. In contrast to a guy like A. Silva, who’s mostly spontaneous (surely with a method to that madness) — I think both fighters (GSP and Silva) would learn allot from fighting each other… each would leave with some insight.

    As for Fitch… I rather see him fight Hardy.

  • Guthookd says:

    Excellent fight. GSP is so highly skilled it’s not even funny. I give hardy props too, for being as game as he was, but I give GSP ten times the props for being so dominant and so classy as not to tear the guys arm out when he had every right to do so.

    I honestly have taken my time warming up to GSP, but with such obvious skill and being a good natured person in general, I have to admit he is winning me over. What a freakin’ mack.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    was it dominant enough to be a molesting?

  • Rece Rock says:

    I think GSP simply refuses to hurt himself or take any risk if he knows he has the win…
    He treats himself as the business and business is good… if he hurts himself or if he does something that may effect the business then that’s not good… Could he have snapped Hardy’s arm and won – probably… is that going to promote his athletism and good sportsmanship that awarded him Gatorade and Under armor commercials- nope.

    I think GSP is an excellent fighter but refuses to go above and beyond in the cage if he’s dominating with minimal effort… He probably figures he can only compete for so long why push himself any further than nescassary.

    I’m not a GSP fan at all but I respect his training and his abilities… and certainly wouldn’t under estimate him ever… give him a truly worthy opponent and we’ll see him use his tools more efffectively.

  • cdrg says:

    when i was looking at the fight on Sat. night, i had my mouth open all threw the GSP fight. he took Hardy down every time and when it looked like Dan might shake him off his back GSP grabs another limb and takes him down again with such ease. even thoe Dan looked way bigger, GSP was clearly stronger. his techniques are out of this world. P4P great!

  • manny says:

    No one in the UFC fighting WW will beat GSP. He’s too good. He either needs to move up to 185lbs or the ufc needs to g out there and find a WW.

    Nothing against GSP ( i like him) but I am tired of watching his style of fighting. All of the last 3 title defense are the same, Decision. He unability ti finish is getting to him and everyone else.

    I think due to his unability to finish figters drops him in my list of #1pnp fighters:

    #1- FEDOR
    #2-Anderson Silva

    He needs to be challenged and DW wants fitch & kos to fight to determine the #1 contender.

    Here’s how i see gsp beating against other WW oppents:

    -Kos – gnp all 5 rounds.( this time it will be 5 rnds instead of 3)
    -fitch- gnp all 5 rounds ( same as the last fight)
    -P. Daley- submission (not good enough ground game)
    -P. Thiago- gnp all 5 rounds
    -T. Alves-gnp all 5 rounds( again)

  • manny says:

    Yes I agree with fanoftna33 I had Mark Bocek winning the fight. He controlled miller the 2nd & 3rd round. I hate it when they give fights to the fighter fighting in their home town eventhough they lost.
    (another example – Bisping over Hamill in UK. Bisping clearly lost but they gave him the win b/c e was fighting in the uk.)


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