Georges St. Pierre, quite possibly the greatest welterweight of all time, attempted to defend his 170-pound title tonight (Sat., Nov. 16, 2013) against Johny Hendricks in the main event of UFC 167: "St. Pierre vs. Hendricks" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The champion came out pumping the jab. The very moment Hendricks threw a punch, St. Pierre grabbed a takedown and worked for a guillotine.
Just like that, points. And a clear assertion that it won't be easy to win this fight, on either side.
They got back to standing fairly quickly and wrestled up against the fence, trading reversals and knees to the thighs and mid-section. After about 25 seconds, Mario Yamasaki separated the two and they went back to standing across from each other.
It didn't take long for "GSP" to shoot in for a takedown and when he did, "Big Rig" was waiting with a big uppercut.
The French-Canadian got through it, but the American was firing off hard elbows while St. Pierre was low holding a double leg. Then, Hendricks reversed him and scored a takedown of his own, much to the delight of the crowd.
With two minutes on the clock, they reset again.
Hendricks fired off with a hard knee but St. Pierre survived it. He even answered with a head kick that Hendricks avoided enough of to brush off. This led to another clinch and more knees to the legs from Hendricks, who definitely had a clear game plan as far as the clinch was concerned.
The first round closed with Hendricks throwing big punches that were just missing.