Domination is a word that may be difficult to use when talking about the competition between high level athletes. For a clear cut example, look at how UFC Welterweight Champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre handled his opponent during the main event of UFC 124.
Fighting in front of his hometown crowd in Montreal, Canada, St. Pierre proved that he is a true mixed martial artist with too many facets to his game for yet another contender. For five rounds GSP stood in front of Josh Koscheck and used a stiff jab to pummel his face. Koscheck had no answer for the repeated battering as his right eye was nearly swollen shut very early in the fight. To go along with the devastating striking, GSP also took Koscheck down multiple times in the later rounds of the fight.
Koscheck was thrown off his game from the very first moments when GSP landed a strong jab to the right eye. From that point constant pressure caused the damage to worsen, to the point where Koscheck was given the opportunity to end the fight by the official doctor. However, Koscheck continued battling even though he could not see any attacks coming from that side. When the 25 minutes were finally up, St. Pierre was rewarded with a defining 50-45 score.
In the co-main event, heavyweight prospect Stefan Struve found himself on his back early in the fight, but that didn’t deter him from climbing one rung higher in the division. Sean McCorkle was able to take Struve down early in the fight and had the opportunity to end things when he was attacking his opponent’s left arm. However, Struve was able to back himself against the cage and use it to reach safety. Once McCorkle had exhausted himself, Struve used an arm sweep to gain the full mount and rain down punches on his opponent forcing the stoppage at 3:55 in the first round.
Jim Miller added yet another feather to his UFC cap when he submitted the 21-year old prospect Charles Oliveira in the first round. That was the first submission defeat for the Brazilian. The action started off early as Oliveira snapped off three head kicks, but Miller kept coming forward. Miller pushed the action to the ground, where Oliveira displayed a very active guard. Miller was able to stand up and grab a hold of one of his opponent’s legs, dropping down for a kneebar. Oliveira tried to force Miller off of his leg, but instead had to tap out in very visible pain at the 1:59 mark in the first round.
Mac Danzig brought home the win he needed to stay in the UFC. Coming into UFC 124 Danzig was 1-4 in his last five fights and highly close to being cut from the highly competitive lightweight division. Standing across the cage was another fighter who needed a strong win and is also a former The Ultimate Fighter winner, Joe Stevenson. Stevenson had lost three of his last five coming into the evening’s match up. Both fighters started to warm up with exchanges early in the fight. Stevenson looked to press the action, but doing so he exposed himself to a counter left hook that knocked him out. Stevenson was unconscious before he hit the ground. Danzig landed two hammerfists but his opponent was already prone on the campus. Stevenson had not been knocked out in the first round since 1999 by Jens Pulver.
Former welterweight challenger, Thiago Alves showed the world the power of leg kicks when he snapped off multiple shots on John Howard’s lead leg. From the very opening minutes, Alves landed leg kick after leg kick that severely hampered the movement of his opponent. Howard was obviously slowed as the fight went on and he was unable to land any significant shots. Alves continued to vary his attack and even dropped Howard with a straight right during the third round. In the end, Alves earned a decisive decision victory; scoring 30-27 on all three judge scorecards.
Georges St. Pierre defeats Josh Koscheck by Unanimous Decision
Stefan Struve defeats Sean McCorkle by TKO (Punches – 3:55 of Round 1)
Jim Miller defeats Charles Oliveira by Submission (Kneebar – 1:59 of Round 1)
Mac Danzig defeats Joe Stevenson by KO (Punch – 1:54 of Round 1)
Thiago Alves defeats John Howard by Unanimous Decision
Dan Miller defeats Joe Doerksen by Split Decision
Mark Bocek defeats Dustin Hazelett by Submission (Triangle Choke – 2:33 of Round 1)
Rafael Natal and Jesse Bongfelt fought to a Draw
Sean Pierson defeats Matt Riddle by Unanimous Decision
Ricardo Almeida defeats T.J. Grant by Unanimous Decision
John Makdessi defeats Pat Audinwood by Unanimous Decision
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