Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently put the finishing touches on its upcoming pay-per-view fight card from the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday, April 30, 2011.
UFC 129 is set to feature a main event between Canada's own Georges St. Pierre, defending his welterweight title against fresh challenger -- and former Elite XC and Strikeforce champion -- Jake Shields.
Here is the current UFC 129 fight card and line up:
Preliminary card (Spike TV broadcast):
Preliminary card (May not be broadcast):
185 lbs.: Jason MacDonald def. Ryan Jensen via submission (triangle) in round 1
135 lbs.: Ivan Menjivar def. Charlie Valencia via knockout (strikes) in round 1
155 lbs.: John Makdessi def. Kyle Watson via knockout (spinning back fist) in round 3
170 lbs.: Claude Patrick def. Daniel Roberts via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Pablo Garza def. Yves Jabouin via submission (flying triangle) in round 1
UFC 129 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY (PPV):
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Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields (170-pound limit)
Round one: Inside leg kick from Shields and jab from St. Pierre. Jab from Shields. Jab from Shields. Jab from St. Pierre Inside leg kick from St. Pierre. Body kick from Shields. Leg kick from St. Pierre caught and Shields sucks up the single and GSP slips out. Now their against the cage and Shields has GSP tied up. St. Pierre is loose. Jab from Shields. Jab from St. Pierre, another jab from St. Pierre. Spinning back kick from GSP misses. Hard jab from GSP. Jab from GSP. Leg kick from Shields. Jab from Shields and good right from GSP. HARD jab from GSP rocks Shields backward. Another hard jab from St. Pierre. Shields catches a kick and charges with a combo but nothing there. Inside leg kick from GSP. Left from St. Pierre and hard right from GSP to follow. That is the bell, it was close early on with Shields doing better but St. Pierre turned it on and poured it on late. 10-9 St. Pierre.
Round two: Inside leg kick from Shields. Shields just looks awkward on his feet. Jab from GSP and right from Shields. Inside leg kick from Shields. Inside leg kick from St. Pierre. Jab from Shields. Leg kick from GSP. Body kick from Shields. Leg kick from Shields. Hard right from St. Pierre. Jab from St. Pierre, and HARD overhand right from GSP which hurts Shields. Jab from Shields and big overhand right from St. Pierre and another overhand right from GSP. Double jab from GSP. Hard spinning back kick to the body from the champ. Hard jab from GSP. Jab from Shields. They tie up briefly and Shields does nothing which makes no sense he has no sense of urgency. Hard right from GSP. Leg kick from GSP and he dodges a take down attempt with ease. GSP dominated that round and he is making Shields look silly on the feet. Shields needs to get this to the mat, he looks outmatched. 10-9 St. Pierre.
Round three: Shields looks more active. Double jab from GSP. Body kick from Shields. St. Pierre with a toss of Shields as he tries to tie things up. BIG right from St. Pierre lands hard and then Shields goes for a take down and gets tossed off. Uppercut from St. Pierre. Shields in the clinch but doesnt hold on I have no idea why. Lazy shot from Shields, one two from GSP. Hard leg kick from St. Pierre. Hard right from St. Pierre. Hard right from St. Pierre. Shields looks as if he shouldnt be in the cage with a champion right now he cannot do anything. Hard right from St. Pierre. Spinning back kick from GSP. Hard jab from GSP. BIG take down from St. Pierre. That is the bell and Shields looks like he was not ready for an elite guy like St. Pierre. 10-9 St. Pierre.
Round four: Soft one two from Shields. GSP catches a leg and lands a left then lets him up. St. Pierre is just toying with Shields thus far. Good right from Shields. Another right from Shields. I have no idea why Shields is not going for clinches and take downs. Body shot from St. Pierre. Hard superman punch to the chest from St. Pierre. Hard jab from GSP. Hard right from St. Pierre. Body shot from St. Pierre and a hard head kick lands and Shields is hurt. St. Pierre waits and misses a big punch and Shields snags a leg but cannot hold on. Soft right from Shields. Shields is throwing marshmallows ala Karo Parysian. Jab from GSP. Double jab from Shields. Right from Shields. Shields is taunting the champ. Jab from Shields. GSP now bleeding from his face. Jab from St. Pierre and big overhand right from GSP. High kick from the champ misses. Right from Shields. GSP bleeding from the nose. Jab from GSP. End of the round, Shields finally doing a little damage but he is still loosing. 10-9 St. Pierre.
Round five: GSP says to his corner he cannot see out of his left eye. Right from Shields lands and counter left from St. Pierre. Superman punch from GSP. Jab from Shields. Right from Shields and another jab from Shields. HARD right from the champ. Jab from St. Pierre. Jab from GSP. Jab from Shields. Hard right from Shields. Jab from Shields. Right from Shields. Jab from St. Pierre. Nice right from Shields followed by a jab. Another jab from Shields and counter jab from GSP. Jab from Shields. Right from Shields. Jab from Shields. Jab from the champ. High kick from Shields. Jab from Shields. Hard jab from St. Pierre. Jab from Shields. Jab from GSP. GSP shoots for a takedown and Shields stuffs it and lands some punches at the bell. St. Pierre slowed a lot in round 5 saying he could not see out of his left eye. Shields will take the final round, but he was outmatched tonight. 10-9 Shields.
Final result: Georges St. Pierre defeats Jake Shields via Unanimous Decision
Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick (145-pound limit)
Round one: Hard uppercut right hook combo from Aldo. Leg kick from Aldo and then an uppercut followed by another hard leg kick. Hard left to the body and leg kick from Aldo. Left from Hominick. Good right from Aldo. Leg kick from Aldo. Left from Aldo. Leg kick from Aldo. Right from Hominick. Left to the body and leg kick from Aldo. Take down from Aldo and now Hominick looking for an arm bar!! Aldo defends and is out now in full guard. Hard right from Aldo. Two big lefts from Aldo. Hard elbow from Aldo. Sharp elbows from Aldo. Another short hard elbow from Aldo. More short elbows from Aldo. Hominick looks cut underneath the eye. Good right and elbow from Aldo. Aldo is dominating right now. Forearm from Aldo. Big John stands them up. Leg kick from Aldo. Jab from Hominick, and Aldo gets another take down. That is the bell and Aldo dominated that round in all phases. 10-9 Aldo.
Round two: Double hook from Hominick. Body shot from Hominick. Hard uppercut and left hook from Aldo. Leg kick from Aldo. Good left hook to head then body from Hominick. Aldo looks a little gassed. Shot from Aldo is stuffed. Good right from Hominick and a left hook. Jab from Aldo. Jab from Hominick. Jab from Hominick. Aldo with a big take down now as Hominick was starting to win the striking game. Full guard for Hominick. Aldo with short elbows. Short punches from the champ, Hominick is looking to stalemate so he can get back on the feet where he was gaining control of this fight. Good elbow from Aldo. Hominick warned about grabbing the cage. Nice left from Aldo. Ref stands them up, Hominick needs to steal this round. Left hook from Aldo. Body kick and left hook from Hominick. Hard right from Hominick, and Aldo gets another good take down. Side control for Aldo and he is landing some short elbows. That is the round, Aldo won it with take downs but he is loosing steam here, 10-9 Aldo.
Round three: Uppercut from Aldo. Jab from Hominick. Jab from Hominick. Aldo with good movement. Inside leg kick from Hominick. Leg kick from Aldo. Good right and double jab from the challenger. Right from Aldo. Inside leg kick from Hominick. Jab from Aldo. Hook from Aldo, and uppercut then take down attempt and Hominick stuffs it. Aldo has slowed considerably. Good right from the Canadian. Uppercut and left hook from Aldo. Leg kick from Aldo and left hook right cross from Aldo. Hard right hook from Aldo. Straight right from Hominick, and Aldo with one of his own. Hard right from Hominick, Aldo with a take down but Hominick to his feet instantly. Jab from Hominick. Both men trade jabs. Hard right from Aldo. Straight right from Hominick, and jab from Hominick. Aldo lands a hard elbow and Hominick wobbles and drops to the mat!!! Aldo pounces and is landing some good punches, but Hominick looks to have recovered now. Aldo on top in full guard. Hard elbow from Aldo. Thats the end of the round and Aldo is gassing but still winning these rounds although Hominick is gaining steam. 10-9 Aldo.
Round four: Hominick needs a 10-8 round or a stoppage now. Leg kick from Hominick. Jab from Hominick. Leg kick from Aldo. Hard right from Aldo! Leg kick from Aldo lands hard. Hard left from Aldo. Nice left from Aldo. Low blow from Aldo. Left from Aldo and hard leg kick from Aldo and another leg kick. Leg kick from Hominick. Jab from Hominick. Left from Aldo. Hard body shot and leg kick from Aldo. One two combo from Hominick. Double jab from Hominick. HARD right from Aldo puts Hominick on his back. Aldo on top and landing some hard elbows and rights. Hominick has a melon protruding out of his forehead right now. Hard punches from Aldo. This is the worst lump on someones forehead in a fight ive ever seen in my time. That is gruesome. The ref stops it for a doctor to check the melon on Hominick's head. Hominick still game and whats to go on. Hard right from Aldo and now another take down. That is the round and Aldo dominated that one and should be on his way to a win unless something big happens. 10-9 Aldo.
Round five: Hominick still game despite looking like a circus freak. Aldo with a good leg kick and right. Jab from Hominick. Hard uppercut from Aldo hurts Hominick and Hominick then gets a take down. Half guard for Aldo. Hominick is bleeding bad right now. Hominick is gashed open on his cheeck now. Hominick lands an elbow and two hard punches this guy has brass balls. Hard left and another from Hominick. Now Hominick landing lefts and rights. Good strikes from the top by Hominick. Hard ground and pound from the battered challenger. This guy is all guts right now is face is a train wreck and he is still fighting to finish. Body shots now from Hominick. Aldo looks gassed out. More body shots and lefts from Hominick, he hurt Aldo now. Hammer fists from Hominick. HUGE shots from Hominick. Body and head shots galore from Hominick. Aldo looks like he has nothing left. Big left hook from Hominick and hammer fists. Hard body shots and head shots from Hominick, how is he doing this? Left from Hominick lands HARD. Big punches from Hominick to end the round. WOW, that guy has BALLS. Aldo will win this fight and Hominick will instantly become a fan favorite in every city the UFC goes to. 10-8 Hominick.
Final result: Jose Aldo defeats Mark Hominick via Unanimous Decision
Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida (205-pound limit)
Round one: Machida misses a combo. Coture throws a right and misses. Coture moving in and out side to side he looks very light on his feet. Nice right from Machida wobbles Randy. Left hook from Coture. HARD left hook from Coture hurts Machida. Nice left hook from Coture and counter left from Machida. Body shot from Coture. Both men being very calculated with their strikes. Left from Machida, and good right from Randy. Left from Machida. HARD knee from Machida. Coture holding onto a clinch, but Machida pushes him off. Nice left from Coture. Good shot from Coture and Machida dodges and Coture lands a good left hook. Coture goes for a single and Machida slips away. Body kick from Machida. Knee to the body. That is the bell, and Coture looks game and landed some good strikes but Machida did the most damage. 10-9 Machida.
Round two: Nice one two combo from Machida, and Randy tries to tie him up but once again he slips out. Left from Machida. Right from Machida. Left from Coture. Lyoto Machida lands a flying jump front kick to Coture's head and that is it Randy Coture is out cold. Amazing knock out from the Dragon, but you hate to see Randy Coture go out this way. Great win for Machida.
Final result: Lyoto Machida defeats Randy Coture via TKO (Jumping Front Kick) Round 2
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Jason Brilz (205-pound limit)
Round one: Matyushenko with a good combo. HUGE left hook right off the bat drops Brilz!!! Matyushenko is throwing some HUGE shots and finishes off the fight!!! WOW!!! Literally 20 seconds into the fight Matyushenko with a VICIOUS KO.
Final result: Vladimir Matyushenko defeats Jason Brilz via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Mark Bocek vs. Ben Henderson (155-pound limit)
Round one: Front kick from Henderson. Leg kick from Hendo, and counter straight right from Bocek. Henderson pushes Bocek against the cage. Knee from Henderson. Double underhooks from Hendo. Nice knee from Bocek, Henderson with one of his own. Both men keep switching positions and the ref centers them and restarts the action. Head kick from Henderson. Bocek with a good right. Henderson puts him against the cage again, and good elbow on the break from Hendo. Leg kick from Henderson. Nice left hook from Henderson, short inside leg kick form Bocek. Superman punch and leg kick combo from Hendo. HARD leg kick from Henderson. Double right from Henderson, Bocek grabs a single and Henderson is making him pay landing numerous hard right hands while bouncing on one leg. Bocek gets a trip take down and now is trying to pull Henderson off the cage. Butterfly guard for Henderson as he is landing strikes off his back. That is the bell and this was a close round Bocek could have easily stole it with the late take down but I think Henderson did good damage on the feet. 10-9 Henderson.
Round two: Nice combo from Henderson, and Bocek charges in going for a single. Henderson landing some elbows now and Bocek picks up and slams Henderson. Hendo right back to his feet and landing some good knees into the thighs now. Knees to the gut from Henderson. The ref breaks them up seems odd both men were working, good hard combo and leg kick from Hendo. Henderson now slams Bocek to the mat and is landing some rights from the postured up position. Bocek ties up a leg and Hendo slips out. Knee from Henderson to the face of Bocek on the way up. Bocek now with a north south position and looking for the anaconda choke. Standing guillotine now from Bocek. Bocek rolls over for a tight choke and now Henderson unloads with some VICIOUS knees to Bocek's face and now some elbows to the head and he lands some more big knees at the end of the round!! Bocek is gushing blood from his head now. Big round for Hendo. 10-9 Henderson.
Round three: Hard leg kick from Henderson, but Bocek gets a take down because of it. Bocek in full guard. Hendo with a brief guillotine and then a elbow to the head. High guard for Hendo. Henderson slips out and winds up on top and is landing BOMBS on the face of Bocek. BIG elbows now and rights to the body. Bocek ties up a leg and uses it to sweep Henderson. Bocek jumps on the back as they stand up. Henderson shrugs off Bocek and now their tied up against the cage. Henderson with a hard knee to Bocek's head. Hendo now working hard for a take down. Hedno landing some elbows and is sprawling out as bocek looking for a single. HARD knees from Henderson and a nice flurry of punches that find their mark. Bocek shoots for a double and gets the take down. Half guard for Henderson. North south position now. Henderson up to his feet and lands some more BIG knees and a huge flurry of punches to end the round. Henderson did some damage of the feet and should win this round and the fight. 10-9 Henderson.
Final result: Ben Henderson defeats Mark Bocek via Unanimous Decision
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Nate Diaz vs. Rory MacDonald (170-pound limit)
Round one: Leg kick from MacDonald. Leg kick from MacDonald again. High kick from MacDonald and Diaz counters with a combo as they tie up against the cage. Good hard rights from Diaz. Elbow from MacDonald. MacDonald goes for a take down, but Diaz grabs a leg and defends. Now their back up standing. Hard superman punch from MacDonald. Front kick from MacDonald. Leg kick from MacDonald and now their tied up with MacDonald in the dominant position. Diaz trying to get his back off the cage. Front kick from MacDonald. Body shot from Diaz. Diaz shoots for a single and cannot get it. Nate pushes MacDonald's back against the cage. Nice knee from Diaz. Body shot from MacDonald. That is the bell and MacDonald took that round easy, 10-9 MacDonald.
Round two: MacDonald presses Diaz against the cage. Front kick from MacDonald. Diaz almost trips up the Canadian. Nate with a shot and nothing there, MacDonald puts his back against the cage now as their tied up. MacDonald with a nice trip take down, and now is standing over Diaz. MacDonald lands some blows as Nate gets to his feet. Their tied up in the center of the cage and MacDonald gets another take down. Hard right from MacDonald as Diaz gets back up to his feet. HARD straight left from Diaz. Good dirty boxing from Nate in the tie up. Nate now connects with a good one two combo. Short hooks from Diaz now in the tie up. Diaz stuffs a take down from MacDonald. Their tied up now with Diaz holding MacDonald against the cage. Left on the break from MacDonald. Nice lead left leg kick combo from MacDonald. Good right from MacDonald. Nice right hook from Nate and counter left from MacDonald. Diaz drops down for a double but he is stuffed. Good knee on the break from MacDonald and then a flying knee to follow. Good right from Diaz. Superman punch and leg kick combo from MacDonald and the bell rings. Thats another round for the Canadian. 10-9 MacDonald.
Round three: Leg kick from Diaz. High kick from MacDonald. Front kick from Diaz and a body shot. MacDonald ties up Diaz and lands a knee as he walks his back into the cage. Nate snags a single and tries for the take down, but MacDonald slips out and lands some good rights. MacDonald now has the back and gets two HUGE slams back to back!!! Half guard for Diaz. MacDonald stands up to land a big strike. MacDonald now landing some HUGE rights!!! Diaz gets up and MacDonald slams him to the mat AGAIN! WOW! Now Diaz works his way up again and is holding onto a double and MacDonald wiggles his way out and puts Nate's back against the cage. MacDonald stuffs a take down and lands two rights and a huge elbow on the ground and Diaz is back up and holding onto a single. Take down from MacDonald, and he is landing some hard ground and pound while standing up. Hard lefts now from MacDonald. Big knee and left hook from MacDonald at the end of the round and the young Canadian looks like he has an impressive win to add to his record. Amazing performance from MacDonald. 10-9 MacDonald.
Final result: Rory MacDonald defeats Nate Diaz via Unanimous Decision
Jake Ellenberger vs. Sean Pierson (170-pound limit)
Round one: Ellenberger moving forward. Right from Ellenberger. Inside leg kick from Ellenberger. Nice counter left hook from Ellenberger. Leg kick from Ellenberger. Hard shot from Ellenberger and he gets a big double leg take down. Pierson right back to his fee though. Hard right hand from Ellenberger and then a good knee to the body. Pierson with a tiny cut above the right eye now. HARD left hook from Ellenberger and then he lands a HUGE right as Pierson is falling to the mat!! Two more for good measure, but Pierson is already out cold!! Ellenberger with an amazing win on 17 days notice.
Final result: Jake Ellenberger defeats Sean Pierson via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
UFC 129 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE FACEBOOK STREAM COMMENTARY:
The General in control.
Claude Patrick vs. Daniel Roberts (170-pound limit)
Round one: Roberts comes out fast and looks to bang but Patrick immediately takes him down and puts him on his back. Roberts with wrist control and looking to isolate an arm for a kimura. He's really working for it while Patrick is trying to rip his arm free. They stand up in the same position and break. Nice chess match already. Nice leg kick by Claude and he uses it to clinch up. They're up against the cage, locked in a battle for underhooks. Finally a break. A couple shots land by Patrick and he gets another takedown. Same song and dance as last time, Patrick looks to pass. Daniel defends well and utilizes rubber guard. Up they come and Patrick starts landing shots with Roberts just covering up. He grabs a Thai Plum and the crowd collectively asks for a "KNEE!!!" That was awesome. 10-9 Patrick.
Round two: Roberts comes out with a takedown. My stream goes out for a minute and now it's back with about two minutes remaining and Roberts is on top in side control. Sorry, folks. He's looking for an arm triangle but Claude gets it into half guard. Daniel is working from on top still and he's scoring points, no doubt, but he hasn't truly threatened to end it. Patrick gets back to full guard. Roberts moves to the back as Patrick stands up and drags him down but Patrick gets back and they go back to the feet. Roberts looks tired now and Patrick lands a right hand. Round ends and I missed most of it. Based on what I saw it was close. Don't take this to the bank, guys. 10-9 Roberts.
Round three: I've never had this many problems with the stream. It went out and just now came back in with about two and half minutes to go. They're scrambling up and they reset. Sorry, again, Maniacs. Wish this didn't happen. Roberts looks tired still but he's shooting in to get the fight to the floor but Patrick defends. Wraps up a guillotine but not quite. Ha. Ugh. The crowd begs for knees in unison but Patrick doesn't oblige them. Lot of clinch work, enough to force a break from the ref. Thirty seconds left and the ref lets them know it's time to get dirty. Roberts misses a takedown and Patrick looks in a guillotine. Daniel gets his head free and the fight ends with him on top. He gets up and walks away with his hands raised. The crowd boos boisterously. 10-9 Patrick. I guess.
Final result: Claude Patrick def. Daniel Roberts via unanimous decision
Ivan Menjivar vs. Charlie Valencia (135-pound limit)
Round one: Loading with kicks to get this thing rolling. They're really pushing the fact that Menjivar fought GSP back in the day. We got it. Whoa big punch in the clinch from Menjivar. Maybe an elbow, according to Rogan but it was loud and that thud was sick. McCarthy is saying his jaw is broken. That was sick. Replay shows a short hard straight elbow. New angle shows it's not his jaw but his nose. Wow.
Final result: Ivan Menjivar def. Charlie Valencia via knockout (strikes) in round 1
Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen (185-pound limit)
Round one: MacDonald gets a big time pop from the live crowd in Canada. He shoots in immediately after Jensen lands a few shots. MacDonald goes head on into a guillotine but pops out and takes the back. Transition and before you know it, boom, he locks in a triangle and it's only a matter of time before Jensen taps. That was sweet.
Final result: Jason MacDonald def. Ryan Jensen via submission (triangle) in round 1
John Makdessi vs. Kyle Watson (155-pound limit)
Round one: Kick to start from our dear Watson. And another. Not much action in the first minute. Kyle is the aggressor here in the early going. No one really landing well just yet. Kind of sloppy actually. Watson half shoots in but backs out. Lands an inside kick. Couple knees land in the clinch for Watson but he eats a few shots for his trouble. Makdessi is executing the "bounce around like crazy and do very little" gameplan. Oh, flashy side kick. Joe Rogan calls it the Cung Le express. More kicks from both guys. Action is dull enough the ref calls for them to pick it up. Round ends and there wasn't much to it. Might have gone to Watson on aggression or possibly Makdessi on counter-striking. I'll go the latter. 10-9 Makdessi
Round two: Watson comes out like he's got a fire under his ass and starts pushing forward landing shots. Gets countered, of course, and backs out. Makdessi is landing when he wants to, just boxing Watson up. Whoa, big head kick by Watson off a nice little feint. More flashy kicks from John and he avoids a shot from Kyle. This has the feel of a close and controversial decision. Makdessi lands another nice punch. Missed head kick from Watson. Makdessi lands a spinning back fist shortly after Watson missed one of his own. Slow rolling, methodical fight we have here. Makdessi is landing bigger and bigger as the fight goes on, though. Rogan is making repeated note of Watson leaving his chin up in the air, which is a great way to get knocked out. Watson getting fancy with kicks but he's not landing nearly as well as Makdessi. Big exchange to end the round and it's clear who took that one. 10-9 Makdessi
Round three: Five minutes to glory for one of these two strapping young fellas. They get balls deep in it to start the action in the final frame. Watson pushes forward and eats plenty of shots. A clinch leads up to the cage but when they break Watson is cut under his left eye. Makdessi is like a shark smelling the blood and comes in aggressive. Holy mother of shit, Makdessi lands a HUGE spinning back fist straight on the chin and Watson is out cold. That was beautiful.
Final result: John Makdessi def. Kyle Watson via knockout (spinning back fist) in round 3
Yves Jabouin vs. Pablo Garza (145-pound limit)
Round one: The Facebook stream finally starts and we're already halfway through the opening round. Big shot from Jabouin knocks the mouthpiece out of Garza's mouth. These two are banging it out a bit. Plenty of kicks and Jabouin is landing big with those legs. Garza gets aggressive and holy shit he throws on a flying triangle. He's almost got it in and he rolls him over. Yves hanging tight but Garza is on top now and grabs an arm to go with it. He's pulling on the back of the head and that does it. Hell of a triangle and way to stay with it.
Final result: Pablo Garza def. Yves Jabouin via submission (flying triangle) in round 1