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.
In between rounds, Hendricks' corner was begging him to breathe. He was looking more and more tired while St. Pierre seemed far more comfortable, fully recovered from the earlier blitz.
Or at least as recovered as he could be.
"Rush" fired off leg kicks while avoiding the power shots as they came in. Then, he was slipping more and more punches and landing his counter strikes with far more accuracy than the first two rounds. The tide seemed to be turning as the minutes ticked away.
Just as it appears that way, though, "Big Rig" popped an uppercut that did some very real damage. His timing was on point but his enthusiasm was seeping away as the bout wore on. In fact, he was visibly fatigued, enough so that he worked for a takedown with under a minute to go.
And he got it.
St. Pierre did get back up, but the late takedown may have solidified the round for Hendricks. That could mean three in his favor going into the championship rounds.