Lawlor’s face as he fires off few leg kicks and a strong knee to the body. Lawlor gets inside to tie up and push Carmont into the fence, immediately drawing a call for action from ref Chartier. Breaing off, Carmont takes an outside leg kick before sidestepping several punches from Lawlor, who gives an exasperated look. Carmont push-kicks Lawlor away, but Lawlor keeps coming and presses Carmont on the fence. Carmont gets a little space and catches Lawlor with a left hand. This causes Lawlor to drop back down, and this time he’s successful with his double-leg attempt. Carmont scrambles to his feet and covers up as Lawlor throws a pair of knees at his head. Carmont lands a knee to the body before Lawlor hits another takedown with a minute to go. Carmont swings his hips for a triangle, changes to an armbar. Lawlor bails, grabs another guillotine and pulls guard again. Carmont doesn’t seem concerned and waits out the final few seconds in the choke.
Lawlor connects with a grazing punch while Carmont hits a body kick and threatens with a knee. Lawlor gets inside and spends 30-40 seconds working for a takedown against the cage. Ref Chartier splits them up and it’s Lawlor on the offensive, trying to navigate the range with punches. Carmont peppers with low kicks and looks for the counter before having his back pressed into the chain-link again. Lawlor clings to a single-leg and takes some horizontal elbows to the side of the head. Carmont drops to his knees and escapes with just over 90 seconds left in the bout. Lawlor lobs out long punches while Carmont tries to come underneath with an uppercut, neither scoring. Long kicks from Carmont as he moves backward around the outside. Lawlor gets through with a decent right hand, misses the next few and gets the underhook. Carmont tosses him to the ground and Lawlor dives back to finish the fight shooting.
Official result: The judges score it 29-28 Lawlor, 29-28 Carmont and 29-28 for the winner by split decision, Francis Carmont. The Montreal crowd disagrees and loudly boos the verdict.
Martin Kampmann vs. Johny Hendricks
Kampmann fires off kicks low and high but Hendricks charges in with a swarm of murderous punches that back Kampmann up despite missing. They reset and Hendricks steps in with a grazing right hand and a follow-up left hook that catches Kampmann square on the chin. Kampmann goes down hard, out cold before he hits the canvas. It’s one for the highlight reels, a clean knockout for Johny Hendricks just 46 seconds into the first round.
Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit
Referee Yves Lavigne is the third man in the cage for tonight’s main event. St. Pierre comes forward swinging inside leg kicks, moving Condit toward the fence. Condit catches St. Pierre with a short punch and circles away but GSP stays on him, push kicking the interim champ back into the fence. Condit lands a jab and St. Pierre counters with a right hand, then shoots in on a single and spins Condit to the ground. Condit pulls rubber guard, quickly gives it up and wraps GSP up in his closed guard. Condit pivots for an armbar but GSP spins out, then comes back to grab a can opener. St. Pierre moves to half-guard, postures up to punch and gets stuffed back. Back to half-guard on Condit’s left side goes GSP, lands a few short punches and gets put back in guard again. Another can opener and Condit swings again for the armbar. GSP snuffs it out and stands to drop punches, comes back to guard. Condit uses a long guard to create space and land punches from his back; GSP gives his challenger harder shots to the body and head. Another armbar attempt and GSP stands; Condit follows, the horn sounds and Condit walks back to his corner with the right side of his face stained red thanks to a cut above his eyebrow.
GSP presses forward again, backing Condit up with jabs. Condit is trying to work kicks but St. Pierre is quick to hop out of the way. Good right cross from St. Pierre finds the chin of Condit, who keeps swinging and pulling up short. Condit comes off the fence, lands a one-two and a shot to the body. He charges, maybe looking for a knee, but St. Pierre cuts him off with a sharp counter right. St. Pierre is doing well to slip Condit’s punches, catches a leg kick and plows Condit down. GSP defends against a leglock attempt as Condit begins to bleed profusely, staining the canvas. St. Pierre is busy on top, popping up every few seconds to drop ground-and-pound. Condit throws some good elbows from his back, GSP stands and Condit scrambles to his feet. GSP catches him with a punch on the way up and Condit finishes the frame missing with a rangy switch kick. St. Pierre is sporting a cut under his left eye from the elbows at the end of the round.
Condit nails St. Pierre with a left high kick, catching the champ’s temple with his shin. St. Pierre tries to wrap Condit up in his guard as the interim champ pounces, blasting away with punches and stapling elbows. St. Pierre seems to regain his wits as he slows the assault with his guard and staggers back up. GSP immediately starts walking Condit down, although now with a sizeable mouse forming in the spot where Condit kicked him. St. Pierre hits a takedown and Condit stays busy, locking up a body triangle from his back and throwing elbows upward. GSP attacks the body with punches, stands up to try and better his position. He dives down and Condit works back to his feet, where GSP grabs a rear waistlock. It looks like Condit is about to get suplexed before he threatens with a kimura. St. Pierre opts for a takedown and works from Condit’s half-guard with just under a minute left. The champ doesn’t mount any significant offense but finishes the round on top.
Condit takes up his post on the perimeter and slaps St. Pierre with another high kick. Half a minute into the round, GSP hits another takedown.... (Continues on next page)