May 01, 2011
Georges St-Pierre isn't all that thrilled with his win over Jake Shields at UFC 129. And judging by the reaction of a minority of booing fans, some in the crowd weren't either.
The UFC welterweight champ kept his title but explained later that an eye injury kept him from landing the big knockout or submission he desperately wanted to deliver.
"I can't see with my left eye right now. I can see a blur," he said. Soon after, UFC boss Dana White revealed that GSP had been taken to hospital.
So fans expecting a roof-raising moment in the main event may have been left a little disappointed tonight.
And as Yahoo! Sports expert Kevin Iole explains, the night also marked the end of GSP's impressive consecutive rounds win streak.
But all things considered, Iole still thinks 'Rush' dominated.
An elite wrestler and grappler, Shields never came close to getting St. Pierre off his feet and spent most of the night eating jabs. It wasn't much different from the way that St. Pierre manhandled Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 in December, other than the fact that Shields didn't sustain as much damage.
Iole's Y! colleague, Cagewriter blogger Steve Cofield, sees things a little differently.
Georges St-Pierre was far from spectacular, but champions find ways to win. The UFC welterweight champ couldn't take out Jake Shields, but he had enough to survive blurred vision in his left eye and post a unanimous decision win, 48-47, 50-45 and 48-47, in the main event of UFC 129 in front of 55,000 fans at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Even in front his home country faithful, GSP heard some boos, jeers and whistling in the final round. Because of a damaged left eye, he struggled at times to engage over the final two rounds. He finished the fight with blood dripping down his face and a swollen eye.
While it may be debatable how impressive the win was, it satisfies nonetheless. A lot of fans paid good money to see GSP hold that belt at the end of the night and they got exactly what they came for.