Well, that was a big waste of time.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre successfully defended his 170-pound title on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 158: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz," after five rounds of action at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
I think most of us saw that coming (re-watch the highlights here).
He wasn't better on the feet than his unlikely division number one contender, Nick Diaz, he was just busier. And when things got too dicey in the stand-up, he simply took the fight to the ground and exploited his opponent's inability to wrestle.
In defeat, Diaz hinted at retiring from mixed martial arts (MMA).
Earlier in the night, Johny Hendricks outworked Carlos Condit in the UFC 158 co-main event to establish himself as the next in line for a shot at St. Pierre's crown. If it sounds familiar, it's probably because we were at this same point in the aftermath of UFC 154 last November when "The Natural Born Killer" went down on points to the longtime champion.
"Rush" is the champ, "Bigg Rigg" is the challenger.
That means this entire charade with Diaz was just a big waste of time. By his own admission, he's not entirely sure he'll pass his post-fight drug test and he came into this contest ready to call it a career. He wanted one last shot at Octagon infamy and earned it.
Not by winning, since he was coming off a loss -- as well as a drug suspension -- but by hustling.
He did a great job, too, as fans and media were salivating this entire week as he and St. Pierre tussled at the conference call, the pre-fight presser and of course, the weigh ins. And the entire time, he was accusing the promotion of selling everyone "wolf tickets."
If they were selling, then he was scalping.
At the concluson of the UFC 158 pay-per-view (PPV) event, St. Pierre raised his opponent's hand and even asked his hometown fans to pardon the offender, telling them Diaz was a veteran of the sport who was simply doing his part to promote the bout.
They were practically making out after the fight.
That's an ending similar to the one that came at UFC 84: "Ill Will," when B.J. Penn informed the crowd of how much he loved Sean Sherk and apologized for calling him a steroid user because he just wanted to sell the fight. Just like when Ken Shamrock told Tito Ortiz in their in-cage bromance after "The Final Chapter" how great it was that they made a lot of money together.
Diaz warned us that we were buying wolf tickets for this weekend's championship bout and "eating them up." After watching the five round main event at UFC 158 and its post-fight peace rally, I'm wondering ... how'd they taste?
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