The most highly anticipated fight in a long, long time finally went down tonight (Sat., March 16, 2013) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with Nick Diaz challenging welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre in the main event of UFC 158 live on pay-per-view.
In between the third and fourth, the St. Pierre camp told the champ not to stand and trade with the challenger. It was there that Diaz would have his best chance to win and he was beyond clear that Nick simply couldn't hang with St. Pierre's superior wrestling.
Still, "Rush" opened standing across from the Stockton bad boy and allowing him to fire off. Part of that was not by design, though, as St. Pierre failed on three consecutive takedowns. Put simply, he didn't appear to have the gas in the tank that he did to start the bout.
The mental game playing a part?
A battle in the clinch led to Diaz landing a parting shot on the way out and a "GSP" chant from the Montreal faithful. And then it got funny once again, as Nick opted not to come in with punches in favor of simply walking back-and-forth with his hands down.
Finally, with two minutes remaining in the first of two championship rounds, the French-Canadian grabbed another takedown to seal yet another round in his favor, putting him up 4-to-0.
Utter and complete domination, outside of a few punches that opened a cut on St. Pierre's face.
The round came to an end with St. Pierre still on top and only five minutes away from vanquishing his most annoying rival yet.