Although two of the three judges cageside scored the bout for Georges St. Pierre, allowing him to retain his welterweight championship title in the main event of UFC 167: "St. Pierre vs. Hendricks" last night (Sat., Nov. 16, 2013) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada (watch highlights here), his opponent, Johny Hendricks, believes he "clearly" won the fight.
And he's pissed that he has to go home without the 170-pound belt around his waist. Or over his shoulder. Whatever.
In his post-fight interview with Fox Sports, "Big Rig" expresses his disbelief at the decision before demanding a rematch:
"Did you guys see the same fight I just fought? I'm pretty sure I clearly won that fight, but you know what, Georges is a great competitor and my hats off to him. It sucks. I'm coming back for that belt ... it's mine. Everything that I thought was going to happen, happened. I fought hard the whole time, he didn't land nothing strong on me at all.... But, you know what, it just wasn't my night. The good lord didn't want me to win. I'm going to come back stronger next time. That belt is mine. I want [a rematch]. I don't care if he [wants to retire]. That's what I just earned and that's what was just taken from me. I swear to God that won't happen again."
He also gave a post-fight interview to UFC.com in which he reiterated many of the same points while also going so far as to say that he doesn't give a damn about St. Pierre, who he "smashed".
You can just go ahead and watch him get heated:
The good news for Hendricks, if you can call it that, is that UFC President Dana White is equally shocked that St. Pierre was awarded the decision. In fact, he went so far as to call out the entire Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for being incompetent and on the verge of ruining the entire sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) thanks to decisions like the one made by the judges last night.
"Did you see Georges get smashed and hurt in the first round? It's about damage. This is a fight. It's about whoever inflicts the most damage. He got hurt, he got wobbled, he got dropped. Yeah, I'm blown away that Georges St. Pierre won that fight. And listen, I'm a promoter. He's the biggest pay-per-view star on the fucking planet for me and I still don't think he won that fight. I want what's fair and that wasn't fair. I think the Nevada State Athletic Commission is atrocious. I think the Governor needs to step in immediately before these guys destroy this sport like they did boxing."
An immediate rematch may not be in the cards due to the fact that St. Pierre expressly stated his desire to take time away from the sport due to personal issues.
Still, Hendricks likely won't lose any ground despite the decision and the mark on his record. He remains the number two welterweight in the world and if "GSP" really is going to stay away from fighting for a while, wannabe 170-pound title challengers are likely going to end up knocking on "Big Rig's" door.
It should be most interesting to see how this plays out over the coming months.