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A lot of controversy has been following UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre since his controversial split decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on Saturday. After the fight, St-Pierre had announced during his post-fight interview that he was going to “step away” for awhile and was unsure if he would ever return. UFC President Dana White was more than certain that St-Pierre will fight again and battle Hendricks in a rematch.
We haven’t heard from the champion publicly since the fight, but we now have heard someone in his camp. St-Pierre’s manager, Rodolphe Beaulieu told “UFC Tonight” that it is “possible” that the champion will retire from the sport. Beaulieu stated that the St-Pierre felt that he beat Hendricks on Saturday night and also stated that he will talk to his client in the next few weeks to discuss what St-Pierre wants to do next.
It was also reported on the show that St-Pierre had CT scan came back and everything was fine. Also, an x-ray was done on his foot and the result was negative.
The WWE held their Smackdown tapings in Atlanta, Georgia. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at the tapings.
- Goldust and Cody Rhodes defeated Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro (w/Zeb Colter) to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship. Goldust got the pin. He can really go and it was even better in person.
- Ryback cut a promo about why he loves being a bully. He issued an open challenge that The Great Khali accepted.
- Ryback defeated The Great Khali. Ryback won cleanly.
- Cameron and Naomi defeated A.J. Lee (w/Tamina) in a handicap match. The match was set up by Vickie. Naomi did all the work while Tamina kept Cameron outside.
- Rey Mysterio and The Uso Brothers defeated The Shield. The match was slow at first and picked up when Rey took a hot tag. Rey was really over.
- Big Show came out for a promo. Randy Orton cut in and whined about not getting help at Survivor Series.
- Big E Langston and Dolph Ziggler defeated Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow. Very quick match.
- The Prime Time Players defeated 3MB. 3MB playing the Fabulous Freebirds. Heath Slater played the part of Michael Hayes, Jinder Mahal played Jimmy Garvin, and Drew McIntyre was Terry Gordy. Slater does an awesome Hayes impersonation. However, the younger crowd didn’t get it.
- Daniel Bryan beat Luke Harper. C.M. Punk came out. The Wyatts got the better of Punk and Bryan to close the show.
Dark Main Event
- John Cena defeated Alberto Del Rio to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. A fun match that sent the fans home happy.
Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
UFC 167 took place on Saturday night in Las Vegas with Georges St-Pierre defeating Johny Hendricks in the main event to retain the UFC welterweight title in an epic main event. Right after the fight ended, St-Pierre told Joe Rogan that he planned on stepping away from the sport for awhile and wasn’t sure if he would retire. Controversy ensued after the fight as the fans in the MGM Grand Garden Arena booed the decision and the fans on social media and media thought that Hendricks won the fight.
After every event we will be posting this new feature on the website and hope that you enjoy this.
1) Johny Hendricks- Usually you never think the loser of the main event can come out on the good side. BetweenTheRopes.com had scored the main event Hendricks winning 48-47, giving Hendricks Rounds 1,2,4 and giving St-Pierre Rounds 3 and 5. Hendricks took the champion down a couple times during the fight, rocked the champion on a couple occasions and was able to stuff numerous takedown attempts from the champion. The biggest issue for Hendricks going into the fight was his cardio, as he had never been in a five round fight. “Bigg Rigg” cardio was able to hold up throughout the fight. Hendricks inflicted more damage to St-Pierre and gave the champion the biggest test of his career. UFC President Dana White stated at the post-fight press scrum that a rematch will happen in the near future.
2) Robbie Lawler- People were overlooking Lawler heading into his fight with Rory MacDonald as the odds had Lawler as much as +340 underdog and that MacDonald with a win could gain a title at the winner of the main event. Lawler used inside and outside leg kicks to offset MacDonald from utilizing his jab and his power shots that rocked the Canadian especially in the third round. Lawler said after the fight that he was wanting a title shot if St-Pierre is going to retire or going to take an indefinite leave of absence.
3) Tyron Woodley- Going into his fight with Josh Koscheck, fans were thinking this was going to be the one fight on the main card would be a snooze fest. It was anything but that as moments into the fight Woodley knocked down Koscheck with an overhand right and the fight was almost stopped. Near the end of the round, Woodley landed a right hook then sent Koscheck dropping to the mat and referee Herb Dean stopped the fight. It was a great win to get Woodley back on track after a disappointing loss to Jake Shields at UFC 161 in June. It showed Woodley has great power in both hands and combined with his wrestling credentials, he is a force in the welterweight division.
1) Dana White- The UFC President was very critical of St-Pierre’s comments inside the cage when the champion had stated that he was going to be stepping away from the cage and wasn’t if he was going to retire. White said this regarding St-Pierre’s comments.
“You owe it to the fans, you owe it to that belt, you owe it to the company and you owe it to Johny Hendricks to give him that opportunity to fight again,” White stated during the post-fight press conference. “Unless you’re going to retire. there’s no, ‘I’m going to take a cruise, I’m going to take a hiatus and be gone for two years, I’m going to take a leave of absence, I’m gonna,’ whatever the hell it was he’s saying, it doesn’t work that way.”
After the press conference, White spoke with reporters and cooled off after talking to St-Pierre. White said everything was cool with the champion and was hoping to make the rematch between St-Pierre and Hendricks soon.
The UFC President should have taken a deep breath before he flew off the handle on St-Pierre before talking to him. St-Pierre is their biggest star and pay-per-view attraction as the MGM Grand was sold out with selling 14,856 with a $5.7 million dollar gate. White is the type of the guy who flies off the handle and speaks off the cuff on anything and everything. But in this case, for the guy who has done everything that the UFC has asked from him, White should have talked to St-Pierre.
1) Judging- Like we had stated earlier that we had scored the main event for Hendricks and a vast majority of fans and the media had done the same. The judges in the main event were Sal D’Amato, Tony Weeks and Glenn Trowbridge. D’Amato and Weeks scored the fight 48-47 for St-Pierre and Trowbridge scored it for Hendricks. The key round was the first round as it was obvious that Hendricks won the second and fourth round and St-Pierre won the third and fifth round. If you look at the first round, St-Pierre got a takedown, but Hendricks got right up. Hendricks was then closing the distance and was able to control the distance land powerful shots.
A lot of people were saying after the fight that maybe MMA needs to go to the half-point system that was done in Pride. I also scored the fight under the Pride rules and had it 49-47.5 for Hendricks.
Is the judging perfect in the sport? Not even close, as when you have a main event as big as this one was, you need to have the best of the best in there and that wasn’t the case on Saturday night.
Will MMA in the United States use the half-point system as was done in Pride? What is the solution to the judging problem?
It has been announced that UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was the top salary earner at UFC 167 on Saturday night. St-Pierre defeated Johny Hendricks to retain the UFC welterweight title in the main event, earned $400,000 for his efforts. Hendricks earned $50,000 for his efforts.
Here the disclosed salaries from UFC 167:
- Georges St-Pierre: $400,000 (no win bonus)
- Johny Hendricks: $50,000
- Rashad Evans: $250,000 (includes $125,000 win bonus)
- Chael Sonnen: $100,000
- Robbie Lawler: $166,000 (includes $83,000 win bonus)
- Rory MacDonald: $50,000
- Tyron Woodley: $104,000 (includes $52,000 win bonus)
- Josh Koscheck: $78,000
- Ali Bagautinov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
- Tim Elliott: $12,000
- Donald Cerrone: $96,000 (includes $48,000 win bonus)
- Evan Dunham: $25,000
- Thales Leites: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
- Ed Herman: $40,000
- Rick Story: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
- Brian Ebersole: $18,000
- Erik Perez: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
- Edwin Figueroa: $12,000
- Jason High: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
- Anthony Lapsley: $8,000
- Sergio Pettis: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
- Will Campuzano: $10,000
- Gian Villante: $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
- Cody Donovan: $8,000
The total salaries for the event were $1,641,000.
The salaries don’t include insurance, licenses and taxes, money paid by sponsors. The salaries also didn’t include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses the UFC will pay on occasion. Additionally, they don’t include any pay-per-view revenue some fighters get.
Georges St-Pierre defeated Johny Hendricks by split decision to retain the UFC welterweight title in the main event tonight at UFC 167. After the fight, St-Pierre dropped a bombshell during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
While the interview was going on and was getting ready to end, St-Pierre was walking away and said nah and then Rogan asked him what was he going say.
The longtime champion stated that he needed to “step away” for awhile to take care of some personal things and wasn’t sure if it was the end of his career.
In a fight are that both guys were leery of taking because they were very close friends, Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen battled in the co-main event of UFC 167.
The fight starts off with Sonnen rushing Evans trying some jabs and then pushes Evans into the cage. Sonnen tries for a takedown, they both take turns reversing each other in the clinch. Evans tries for a takedown, but is stuffed. Each guy exchange body shots. Evans pressing his body against Sonnen’s in the clinch and lands a takedown.
Evans is in half guard and landing shots on Sonnen. Evans takes Sonnen’s back and starts landing vicious shots and Sonnen gets back in guard. Sonnen gives up his back and then lands more vicious ground and pound to Sonnen’s head with referee Herb Dean stops the fight.
Rashad Evans defeats Chael Sonnen by TKO at 4:05 of Round 1.
Brian and Steve talk this Saturday’s UFC 167 pay-per-view headlined by Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks for the welterweight championship including the drug talk and allegations going into the fight. Plus, they talk about the rest of the card including Rashad Evans squaring off against Chael Sonnen, the 20-year anniversary of the UFC, some of the most memorable fights and knockouts and more during that time and Ben Asken getting his release from Bellator.
The Cheap Pops! podcast is back as Brian and Michael discuss the movie Thor: The Dark World, the latest indy film someone wants to see, this week’s episode of The Walking Dead and How I Met Your Mother, troubles with NBC programming, Arrested Development and more.
UFC 167 is on Saturday night and is the 20th anniversary show of the company. Throughout the week the UFC will be releasing videos of the greatest fights and other moments in the history of the organization. This video above will show the 20 greatest submissions in the history of the UFC. Here are the top five.
5. B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes I at UFC 46
4. Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar I at UFC 81
3. Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock at UFC 1
2. Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg at UFC 52
1. Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 117
Do you agree with the top five?
You know how WWE always seems a little bit… different when it’s overseas? Well, last night’s show opening had to be one of the most bizarre segments ever. Not only did we find out that The Authority was on vacation (really?), we had Brad Maddox and suited-up Kane arguing about Randy Orton’s opponent. The Result? Orton got stuck in a 2-on-1 match against the tag-team champions. Huh? Because, really, WWE, it makes the MOST sense if your HEEL AUTHORITY FIGURES put the HEEL CHAMPION in a handicap match against the BABYFACE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM…. [Read more...]
UFC 167 take place on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. The main event will feature UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre facing off with number one contender Johny Hendricks. “UFC Primetime” is a three part series the UFC rolls out to hype big fights. The last episode of the show aired last night.
The episode shows each fighters final preparation for their fight on Saturday, Hendricks’ return to Oklahoma State University and St-Pierre’s world-class instructors, including Muay Thai experts.
You can watch the complete episode of the show above.
After it was announced that the Pettis-Thomson was off due to Pettis’ knee injury, Johnson and Benavidez has been promoted to the main event of UFC on Fox 9.
The Johnson-Benavidez rematch was originally supposed to take place on The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale on Saturday, November 30 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The two flyweights first squared off last September at UFC 152 for the inaugural flyweight title, with Johnson winning by split decision.
Since that time, Benavidez has won three in a row defeating Ian McCall, Darren Uyenoyama and most recently Jussier da Silva. Johnson is 4-0-1 in last five fights will be looking to make his third title defense this year, all on Fox broadcasts. The champion has defeated John Dodson and John Moraga so far this year.
UFC on Fox 9 takes place on Saturday, December 14 from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.
UFC Fight Night 32 takes place later today from the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil. The main event features a rematch between two legends of the sport as Dan Henderson will battle Vitor Belfort. Before the main card takes place on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m., you can watch the preliminary card on BetweenTheRopes.com starting at 5:30 p.m.
Here is the preliminary portion of the card:
- Godofredo Pepey vs. Sam Sicilia
- Omari Akhmedov vs. Thiago Perpetuo
- Justin Salas vs. Thiago Tavares
- Daron Cruickshank vs. Adriano Martins
- Jose Maria vs. Dustin Ortiz
For a second time this week, WWE kicked off the show with CM Punk. And while his promo here against The Wyatts was decent, the follow-up match with Curtis Axel was nothing to write home about. We’ve seen these guys do this exact same thing almost every week. Furthermore, Axel continues to look like a tool for coming out and essentially sacrificing himself at the altar of Paul Heyman every week. The IC title is in bad, bad shape, folks. [Read more...]