UFC 158 in Montreal featured a huge knockout, a disappointing if unsurprising title bout, and a few snoozers on the main card. Complete results:
Georges St-Pierre def. Nick Diaz via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45): After Diaz asked for the fight with GSP for years, he came out flat against the champion. Diaz couldn't stop GSP's takedowns, and was controlled for the entire bout. When they were on their feet, GSP landed jabs at will. Diaz never found his rhythm.
Johny Hendricks def. Carlos Condit via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28): Hendricks knew he had to get an exciting win to not just beat Condit, but to impress the UFC enough to get a title shot. He did it with a thrilling, back and forth fight that had Hendricks throw everything but the kitchen sink at Condit, who somehow withstood all the striking. Hendricks also used takedowns to neutralize Condit.
After the fight, Hendricks asked for a title shot against George St-Pierre. He even offered to fly to GSP's house and hire a ref for their bout. It's Hendricks' sixth win in a row. The fight was also good enough to win $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses for each fighter.
Jake Ellenberger def. Nate Marquardt via KO (strikes) - Round 1, 3:00: This fight helped make UFC 158 its pay-per-view price. Ellenberger moved in as Marquardt tried to throw a kick, and Ellenberger landed a big left-right combo that sent Marquardt to the ground. He then followed up on the ground until the fight was stopped. Though Marquardt protested the stoppage, replays showed he was out face-first on the canvas. The knockout earned Ellenberger a $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus.
Chris Camozzi def. Nick Ring via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28): As you tuned into this fight, did you wonder why it was put on the pay-per-view? You're not alone. They both had trouble getting after each other enough to land strikes.
Mike Ricci def. Colin Fletcher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27): The two "The Ultimate Fighter" runners-up put on a fight that didn't exactly create excitement for fighters found on the reality show. They both dragged each other down and didn't create much offense.
Patrick Cote def. Bobby Voelker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28): Cote started strong on the way to his close win over Strikeforce product Voelker, but had trouble defending Voelker's takedowns and strikes late in the fight.
Darren Elkins def. Antonio Carvalho via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 3:06: This is one of those fights that will cause MMA fans to shake their heads. Elkins weakened Carvalho with a left hook, but after Carvalho stummbled, refereee Yves Levigne stopped the fight. Carvalho protested, but there was nothing that could be done.
Jordan Mein def. Dan Miller via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 4:42: Count Jordan Mein as one of the Strikeforce fighters who has made a big, exciting debut in the UFC. After nearly getting caught in an armbar, he knocked out Miller, who had previously never been knocked out.
John Makdessi def. Daron Cruickshank via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28): Makdessi took a tight but fun bout over Cruickshank, who started the fight well by landing several leg kicks. But Makdessi came back in the later rounds with his patented spinning kicks. Cruickshank returned the favor with plenty of big kicks, and the fight easily could have gone in either direction.
Rick Story def. Quinn Mulhern via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 3:05: Story gave Strikeforce product Mulhern a rude welcome to the UFC. Story took advantage of Mulhern by knocking him to the canvas and following with strikes until the fight was stopped.
T.J. Dillashaw def. Issei Tamura via KO (strikes) - Round 2, 0:26: In the second round, Dillashaw landed a huge knee and dropped Tamura. He followed up with strikes until the fight was stopped.
George Roop def. Reuben Duran via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)