ULTIMATE Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre retained his belt against challenger Johnny Hendricks via controversial split decision in a five-round bout on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the UFC 167 main event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada USA.
St-Pierre struggled in the first three rounds after receiving flurry of punches from Hendricks although he wasn’t been knocked out at any rounds.
But St-Pierre, who now improves to 25 victories against two losses, recovered just in time in as he grappled with the former US NCAA wrestling champion Hendricks and took him down thrice despite having a busted face.
In the end, St-Pierre still got the nod of the two judges—48-47—while the challenger was favored by the other judge 47-48 that led to GSP’s split decision win.
With the win, GSP becomes the winningest fighter in UFC history and defended the title for the 10th time.
Hendricks dropped to 15-2 win-loss slate.
In other bout, Rashad Evans (19-3-1 card) scored a technical knockout win over Chael Sonnen (28-14-1 slate) in first round.