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November 17, 2013

GSP Squeaks By Hendricks

SHELBYVILLE, IL. —

On Saturday at UFC 167, champion Georges St. Pierre (also known as GSP) barely escaped Nevadaas UFC champion as Johny Hendricks gave him his toughest test to date.
 
It was a bout that had the entire arena on its feet. From the get-go in the first round, the crowd was chanting for St. Pierre, and they were taken for a roller coaster ride.
 
St. Pierre managed to land an early takedown on Hendricks, and managed to keep his distance. He used his striking for most of the round. However, Hendricks was able to clip the champion with his signature left hand power punch, and St. Pierre was noticeably wobbled by it.
 
Round two saw a shocking dominance from Hendricks. He managed to not only take down the champion, but wobble him again with incredibly powerful shots.
 
It seemed, however, in the third round that Hendricks was starting to tire and St. Pierre used his incredible striking technique to finally find his rhythm and patter Hendricks at range.
 
Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg at ringside hypothesized that Hendricks may have spent all his energy, but Rogan also suggested another alternative: Hendricks was saving his energy for the championship rounds.
 
In the fourth round, Hendricks was much more on point. He managed to close the distance to the champion very well. He landed several punches and a few takedowns. It was the most offense that many had seen against the champion in years.
 
The fourth round was Hendricks' easily, and he left the round smiling as St. Pierre looked very rough.
 
The fifth saw St. Pierre come out as a desperate man. He managed to land a couple of takedowns on Hendricks, and out struck him once again with his superb kickboxing. The fight ended and many thought that Hendricks would walk away the new champion.

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