St-Pierre defends title against Koscheck in UFC 124
Georges St-Pierre utilized his excellent left jab and inside leg kicks to retain the UFC Welterweight Championship with a unanimous decision over Josh Koshcheck at the Bell Centre in Montreal Canada on Dec. 11th in UFC 124. St-Pierre controlled and dictated the fight from the outset and won it mainly with his boxing skills by scores of 50-45 across the board. The fight was a rematch of their UFC 74 bout which St-Pierre also won by unanimous decision.
Koshcheck did well to keep it a stand-up battle as he thwarted most of St-Pierre’s takedown attempts, but he didn’t have an answer for St-Pierre’s strikes. Koshcheck tried a few shots of his own, but he throws his right hand wide in a circular motion and St-Pierre just had to stay on the outside while Koscheck’s fist went whizzing past his head. Meanwhile, the challenger’s right eye was swelling more and more with each shot landed by St-Pierre and it was closed by the time the fight was over.
St-Pierre took him down after about 20 seconds of the fight, but couldn’t keep Koscheck there. The challenger managed to get St-Pierre on his back just before the first round ended. St-Pierre managed a takedown in the fourth and fifth rounds, but Koscheck also got out of them almost instantly. Koscheck attempted some head kicks, but like his punches they were wide of the mark. There was no doubt who the winner was, but the scores of 50-45 across the board made it official. With the win, St-Pierre raised his record to 21-2, while Koscheck fell to 15-5.
On the undercard, Stefan (Skyscraper) Struve (21-4) beat Sean (Big Sexy) McCorkle (10-1). McCorkle slammed Struve to the mat early and was looking for a kimura shoulder lock. Struve escaped by kicking off the wall of the cage. He then utilized a kimura sweep which got him off his back and mounted McCorkle. He unloaded with a barrage of elbows and punches and won by a first-round TKO.
Charles (do Bronx) Oliveira (14-1) suffered the first loss of his promising career to Jim Miller (19-2) as Miller took the fight to the mat as soon as possible. Miller defended an arm bar and got hold of Oliveira with a knee bar. He then won it on submission with an arm bar less than two minutes into the fight.
Mac Danzig (20-8-1) scored a stunning KO over Joe (Daddy) Stevenson (31-12). Stevenson was caught by a perfect left hook from Danzig as he charged towards him and was dropped to the canvas.
Thiago (Pitbull) Alves (18-7) earned a unanimous decision over John (Doomsday) Howard (14-6) as he showed superior technique and landed the harder shots to win all three rounds and the fight by scores of 30-27 across the board.
Joe (El Dirte) Doerksen (46-14) was beaten by close split decision by Dan Miller (13-4).
Mark Bocek (9-3) beat Dustin (McLovin’) Hazelett by submission in the first round with a triangle choke.
Jesse (Water) Bongfeldt (21-7-1) earned a draw with Rafael (Sapo) Natal (12-3-1). Two judges scored it 28-28 and one of them scored it 29-28 for Natal.
Sean Pierson (11-4) beat Matthew Riddle (5-2) by a unanimous decision in a slug-fest.
Ricardo (Big Dog) Almeida (13-4) beat T.J. Grant (16-5) by unanimous decision.
John (The Bull) Makdessi (8-0) got things started when he beat Pat (Awesomely Awesome) Audinwood (9-2-1) by unanimous decision.