kimura and gets dumped on his head for his trouble, then eats a few more punches to finish the frame. Diaz thinks GSP landed late, gets up fuming and has to be restrained by the ref.
Diaz has some damage on the left side of his face but it doesn’t look too serious. He slaps at St. Pierre with a leg kick, answered by the champ. Diaz wants to stick his jab but can’t get inside on St. Pierre, who moves smoothly backward and then changes momentum to take Diaz down again. Closed guard for Diaz now as St. Pierre postures up. Diaz lands a couple short right hands from his back, but that’s the most he’s done in terms of offense so far. GSP is all over his challenger, pinning Diaz to the ground and posturing up to improve his position. Diaz gets to his knees and GSP drives a knee into the right side of his body. St. Pierre is punching under the armpit of Diaz, who looks helpless through the first eight minutes of action. Diaz puts GSP back in his closed guard and eats a big elbow from the champ. Getting to his knees, Diaz tries to roll underneath, then stands up with one hand still on the mat. GSP breaks him right back down and throws a knee to the body from north-south. Diaz is back on his feet now with under a minute to go in the round. St. Pierre snaps Diaz’s head back with a leaping jab and peppers with outside leg kicks. Diaz sticks a jab and has a spinning kick blocked before dodging another superman punch. Once again, Diaz has to be held back by the ref at the end of the frame.
Diaz is back on the ground less than a minute into the frame with St. Pierre glued to his back. Diaz scoots toward the fence and stands back up. He lands a shot to St. Pierre’s body but gets turned around as GSP connects up top. A couple solid leg kicks get through for Diaz, then St. Pierre backs him off with a few jabs. The welterweights trade spinning kicks, neither connecting. A stiff jab from GSP precedes a shot, but this time Diaz is able to stay up. GSP backs off and comes forward with a straight right. Diaz pumps his jab, clips GSP with a right hook behind the ear and St. Pierre appears to be on rubbery legs momentarily. Diaz moving forward now, plucking St. Pierre with a left, but St. Pierre hits an easy takedown in the middle of the cage. Diaz tries to roll underneath again but finishes the round underneath St. Pierre. A late strike from Diaz draws a stern warning from Lavigne, who says he’ll disqualify the challenger if it happens again.
St. Pierre sticks Diaz with a pair of jabs as he moves around the outside. Another jab and a leg kick from the champion. Diaz stuffs a double-leg but gets jabbed again as GSP stands up. Short left hand from GSP seems to give Diaz pause for thought. Now it’s a right hand taking Diaz off balance, but he keeps coming forward. GSP ducks a punch and tries to spin around the back, gets shoved off by Diaz. They clinch on the fence and Diaz scores with a few right hands and knees to the body. Another pair of hooks to the body of GSP land as they separate. Diaz walks around the outside with his hands down and St. Pierre kicks the back of his leg. St. Pierre lands a jab and looks up at the clock, then hits a takedown with 2:00 remaining. Diaz briefly gets rubber guard, maybe angling for a gogoplata, but GSP snuffs it out and throws right hands as Diaz gets to his knees. Diaz crawls up the fence, St. Pierre still clung to his waist, and he’s suplexed back to the ground. Diaz gets up again with under a minute remaining and tries a kimura as he pulls guard. St. Pierre seems unperturbed as he works to secure top position. Diaz is on his knees, his right side flush to the fence with St. Pierre punching from the left. Diaz rolls underneath to again finish underneath St. Pierre; he doesn’t have to be restrained this time.
Diaz tries to go up top with left high kicks, gets blocked. He comes forward with jabs which GSP dodges. Diaz lands a left, answered by a GSP jab. They tie up with over-unders and Diaz puts St. Pierre on the fence now. Diaz sneaks a right hand inside and St. Pierre walks him off the cage. Diaz puts him back and throws a couple knees up the middle. They split with 3:30 left in the fight. GSP sticks a jab and Diaz slips on a high kick. St. Pierre follows him to the ground and traps Diaz on his knees again. Diaz goes to his back and starts framing up a kimura on GSP’s left arm. St. Pierre extracts the arm and Diaz gets to his knees. St. Pierre nearly secures the back but Diaz rolls out. Heavy pressure on top from St. Pierre, who wants to keep Diaz on his knees. Diaz slips out and is back on his feet with 1:45 to go. They clinch and Diaz lands a right hand and a knee to the body, then three more right hands and another knee. GSP puts him on the fence and Diaz turns him around. They break with 50 seconds left. St. Pierre charges on a double-leg and puts Diaz on the ground, likely for the final time. Diaz wraps up the champ’s head and lands a couple peppering right hands. St. Pierre postures up and blasts Diaz with a few more punches before the horn, and the Bell Centre goes wild. St. Pierre hugs his challenger and Diaz raises the champ’s hand.
Official result: All three judges score the bout 50-45 for the winner by unanimous decision and still UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre.