Like a true champion, Georges St. Pierre came to defend his belt against a top contender in Jake Shields who sported a 15 fight win streak. GSP was smart and wanted to prevent a Shields take down that would favor the contender’s strenght on the ground. Shields being well prepared came with a sharp left jab to offset GSP’s striking game. What gives? GSP countered Shields jab with a right hammer over top the left jab. Shields was successful by doing facial damage with the left jab but took as much punishment in the process. GSP had a couple takedowns but Shields limited the ground stikes with great defense. GSP landed a strong leg kick that hit Shields in the head and grounded him. In the end, Shields did not do enough to TAKE the belt from GSP who won on a decision. After defending his title for the sixth consecutive time at UFC 129, Georges St-Pierre once again proved that he is the best welterweight in the world
The Aldo-Hominick fight was a true championship caliber match as both fighters put their heart and soul on the line. It looked like a typical dominant performance for UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo early in the UFC 129 co-main event Saturday night at Rogers Centre, but Ontario’s own Mark Hominick refused to go away, fighting off a series of facial bumps, bruises and cuts to finish strong and leave his own courageous effort as the lasting image of the 145-pound title fight, which was ultimately won clearly and unanimously by Aldo.
The most surprising match was Randy Couture versus Lyoto Machida. It was only a few months ago when Anderson Silva showed up with Steven Seagal in tow to defend his middleweight title against Victor Belfort. As you remember, Silva landed a front leg kick to the head of Belfort for a 1st round knockout. After the fight, Silva acknowleged Seagal for teaching him the front kick. Fast forward to the UFC 129 weighins and Machida has Seagall with his team on stage. Immediately, you would think about what Seagall moves Machida was learning. At the least, Coutures team should have mentioned to watch for the front leg kick that Silva had used previously. However, Machida pulled out the front leg kick in the 2nd round to sent Couture to his back to end his legendary MMA career.
The UFC also announced Fight Night bonuses at the post-fight press conference. The bonuses were worth $129,000 each.
Pablo Garza took home “Submission of the Night” for the flying triangle choke he used to put away Yves Jabouin at the 4:31 mark of Round One of the very first fight on the card.
Lyoto Machida took home “Knockout of the Night” delivering a front kick that was equal parts Anderson Silva and Steven Seagals front leg kick, turning out Randy Couture’s lights at the 1:05 mark of Round Two.
“Fight of the Night” went to Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick. Hominick showed great heart and a no quit attitude in this bout, sustaining a huge hematoma on his forehead that had Joe Rogan remarking, “It looks like he’s got an extra head.”
Octagon Marriage in Toronto
Prince William and Kate weren’t the only couple tying the knot on Friday. In front of family, friends and fight fans, Justin and Deanna Peacock were married at 9 a.m. inside the famed Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon just 36 hours before 55,000 fans will pack the Rogers Centre. “Unbelievable thrill,” said Deanna, wearing a sleeveless white dress that went to her knees. Justin complemented her with a black suit and red tie. “It was amazing,” said Justin. The couple met at a fan event. Their first date was UFC 97 in Montreal two years ago and they’ve attended every Canadian event since. UFC president Dana White gets bombarded with requests from fans each time he does a public Q&A. At a recent event, Peacock asked White if they could get married in the octagon. Absolutely, said White. The Hamilton couple kept in touch with the company, and with UFC 129 taking place so close to Hamilton, the date was set.