Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
In the main event of UFC 154, Georges St. Pierre unified the UFC welterweight title by defeating interim champ Carlos Condit by unanimous decision. As expected, the key to GSP's gameplan was his wrestling and he kept Condit grounded for large portions of the fight. He did have one major scare though, when Condit dropped him with a head kick early in the third round. St. Pierre was able to recover quickly though, and even took over the round to the point that two judges gave him the stanza. The final judge's scores were 49-46, 50-45, and 50-45.
St. Pierre was coming back from a major knee injury and the bout was his first in over 19 months. Condit had earned a title shot with a win over Nick Diaz at UFC 142, and chose to sit out while GSP recuperated. GSP (23-2) picked up his tenth win in a row and has now successfully defended his title seven straight times. Condit (28-6) had a fight-five winning streak snapped with the loss.
What was the high point of the fight?
There were a few. GSP's entrance, the head kick that dropped him, and the Buffer's announcement that he won were all pretty cool.
Where do they go from here?
St. Pierre has an interesting dilemma ahead of him. There is major pressure on him to take a catchweight bout against UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, a bout that he would likely be the underdog in. If he chooses to pass on that, he'll be defending his title against fellow UFC 154 winner Johny Hendricks next.
There are a lot of different directions the UFC could go with Condit. Rematches with Martin Kampmann, Jake Ellenberger, and Rory MacDonald are all possibilities. A bout with B.J. Penn could be as well, depending on the outcome of the MacDonald/Penn bout at UFC on Fox 5 next month.
Watch now, later, or never?
Now. Even though GSP was on top a lot, Condit's excellent guard work made the fight very interesting for the full 25 minutes. It's worth going out of your way to watch.