throwing bombs. A right hand connects and Marquardt goes limp, prompting referee Philippe Chartier to intervene. Marquardt comes to and stands up to protest, but the stoppage was just and this one is over. Jake Ellenberger collects another knockout win at 3:00 of the first round.
Carlos Condit vs. Johny Hendricks
Marc Goddard is the referee for tonight’s co-main event. Condit strikes first with a leg kick inside and Hendricks rushes him, looking to land his big left hand. Seconds later, a punch grazes Condit’s chin and the “Natural Born Killer” looks dazed on the fence. Hendricks dumps him to the ground but allows Condit back up right away. Condit lands a stabbing right and has to hop backward to avoid another flurry from Hendricks, who gives chase and takes Condit down again. This time, Hendricks wants to keep him on the floor, but Condit scrambles up and eats a knee to the body. Hendricks stays glued to his back and drags him down again, where Condit first pivots his hips and then closes up guard. Condit is controlling Hendricks’ head, making it hard to ground-and-pound, while Hendricks is defending against Condit’s elbows from the ground. Condit pops Hendricks with a hammer-fist and scrambles up. Hendricks misses with a lead uppercut but gets inside with two left hands behind it and dumps Condit down again. Condit rolls through, stalls out on his knees and winds up in north-south position with Hendricks controlling his head and left arm. Condit gets to his feet, blood trickling from his nose. He misses a leaping knee and Hendricks resets to blast Condit with a body-head combo. Condit uses a standing kimura to bring Hendricks down and then latches onto the wrestler’s back as Hendricks stands. Condit loses his hooks, pushes Hendricks away with a front kick and zaps him with a hook, but Hendricks hits one more takedown before the horn.
Condit lands a couple front kicks to the body of Hendricks and steps out of the way of the return fire. A leaping knee goes for Condit but Hendricks keeps coming. Hendricks wades in behind some left hooks and pins Condit to the cage, then drops him down with a double-leg. Condit turns for a kimura and Hendricks quickly gets his arm loose. An active guard from Condit gets him back on his feet, where he slugs Hendricks with a straight right. Hendricks scores with a big left before pushing Condit against the cage again. Condit defends the double-leg for a moment, succumbs, but gets back up midway through the round to hit Hendricks with a pair of knees. Another leaping knee from Condit gives Hendricks an opening for another takedown, this time in the center of the Octagon. Hendricks works from half-guard, leaning right to left on Condit and defending the kimura. Condit posts and stands, but Hendricks keeps back control and pulls him down again. Condit stands again and they’re back to striking with a minute left in the round. Hendricks dodges a front kick to the face, turns Condit around and hits yet another takedown. Condit nearly gets back up but Hendricks wraps his legs up and keeps him down. Condit stands just before the end of the round and misses with a lunging punch.
Hendricks misses with a pair of lefts, can’t get in behind them to set up a takedown. Condit backs him toward the fence, but Hendricks comes right off and takes Condit down. Condit lands a short elbow from his back and Hendricks gives him a couple rights to the ribs. Condit lands three or four punches to the back of Hendricks’ head before drawing a warning from ref Goddard. The former interim champ uses a kimura to post and stand. He tries to mug Hendricks, who backs Condit off with another big left and gets a rear waistlock on the fence. He switches to a double-leg and puts Condit on his back once more. Condit strikes with elbows from his back and stands with just under two minutes remaining. A big right hook from Condit snaps Hendricks’ head back, so Hendricks clinches up. Condit scoots out and throws punches at Hendricks on the fence until he’s taken down again. Condit is busy off his back while Hendricks isn’t doing much of anything in the way of offense. Condit’s back to his feet with 40 seconds left and storming on Hendricks with hooks and knees. Hendricks wraps him up and takes him down for what seems like the 20th time in the fight. Condit stands before the end and finishes with two more right hands at the horn.
Official result: All three judges score the bout 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Johny Hendricks.
UFC Welterweight Championship:
Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz
Yves Lavigne is the referee for tonight’s main event, with judges Richard Betrand, Sal D’Amato and David Therrien scoring at cageside. St. Pierre is at the center of the cage even before Lavigne calls the start. Diaz lands a quick jab and gets double-legged to the center of the cage. Diaz quickly wraps GSP up in his closed guard and throws up his legs, maybe hunting for a triangle. Diaz tries for rubber guard but gets shoved to his knees. GSP tries to take the back and Diaz looks to roll through. He does roll and they wind up in north-south position, then GSP has to defend a double-leg with a sprawl. Right hands from GSP as he works from the kneeling Diaz’s right side. He switches to the left side and works to take Diaz’s back, but Diaz puts his back on the mat and wraps up the champ. A couple short elbows from GSP land as he moves to Diaz’s closed guard. Another rubber guard try from Diaz, but St. Pierre stacks him up and then returns to his back with two minutes left. Diaz grabs the cage as he gets to his knees at the base of the fence. GSP tears him off the fence, but Diaz grabs it again to stand back up. GSP stays on his back, pulls him down again and now sinks in both hooks. Diaz peels off GSP’s left foot but can’t escape the champ’s grasp. Diaz stands, tries a standing... (Continues on next page)