The ReportUFC 158 Recap – Georges St Pierre Vs Nick Diaz

Coming into Saturday the main question besides what would the outcome of the main event between GSP and Nick Diaz was could the card possibly live up to the two months of hype? UFC 158 had some great fights in it but overall I would give it an “above average” rating. We saw only one finish on the main card (not to say the decision fights were bad in anyway) and the main event ended...

Coming into Saturday the main question besides what would the outcome of the main event between GSP and Nick Diaz was could the card possibly live up to the two months of hype? UFC 158 had some great fights in it but overall I would give it an “above average” rating. We saw only one finish on the main card (not to say the decision fights were bad in anyway) and the main event ended up being far from “the beating of a lifetime” that GSP advertised. So lets take a look at the fights from the main card and what happens now.

Mike Ricci def Colin Fletcher via Decision– This was the Mike Ricci we all saw on TUF (before the finale) where he looked crisp in all areas and seemed to have better takedown defense. He controlled each round no matter where the fight was and had superior skills in each aspect in-route to his 30-27 decision.

What Happens Now:

Ricci: With this win he is now 1-1 in the UFC Lightweight Division which is stacked with talent. It won’t move him into the top 10 but it is always nice to get your first win.

Fletcher: This loss now finds the “Freakshow” 0-2 in the UFC with both losses via decision (he lost in finals of TUF: Smashes ((UK)) and could make his next fight a win or go home fight (if he gets one).

Chris Camozzi def Nick Ring – This fight was a very interesting one as it could have gone either way. After turning off the volume and watching the fight without the commentary I found myself seeing how Camozzi took home the win. Nick Ring looked much improved and Camozzi didn’t live up to the hype he was getting until the third round where he dominated.

What Happens Now:

Camozzi: After this win Camozzi is now on a 4 fight win streak and won 7 of his 9 fights in the UFC (one in Shark Fights) since being on TUF and could be ready to crack the top 10 in the division. It will be interesting to see who he next faces.

Ring: This loss puts him at 3-2 in the UFC and don’t think for a minute he didn’t open some eyes with the first two rounds where he seemed to baffle Camozzi with his hands down style of striking. I don’t see him making any change in his current ranking but he needs to become more consistent to keep his job in the UFC.

Jake Ellenberger def Nate Marquardt via KO (punches) – This fight went exactly how I thought it would. Nate has been the definition of inconsistent since coming to the UFC in 2005. Ellenberger on the other hand has only lost to the top guys on the division when his aggressiveness would get the better of him. In this fight and throughout his career though it is definitely what gave him the edge, not to mention his incredible power which also gave him his second Knockout of the Night Award.

What Happens Now:

Ellenberger: Now riding a two fight win streak after losing to Martin Kampmann, Jake should see some top 5 talent perhaps even Carlos Condit. Before the fight he was ranked 6th in the Welterweight Division (ufc.com/rankings) and I do expect a jump in to the top 5 and perhaps a fight with Condit, Diaz, Maia or MacDonald on the horizon.

Marquardt: This was a big fight for Nate who was coming back after a stint in Strikeforce after being released by the UFC. He is a name people know but he has been very inconstant and we will see just how short of the leash Dana White has with him.

Johny Hendrick def Carlos Condit via decision – This was the Fight of the Night winner and boy was it a great wrestler vs striker battle! We all knew about Hendrick’s power in his left hand and his solid wrestling but we also learned he will do ANYTHING TO WIN! He admitted to jacking up his left in the first round yet in the 3rd he was still throwing bombs with it. But don’t over look the former #1 contender Carlos Condit, I don’t think he knows how to put on a bad fight. He took some huge shots in the first two rounds and was taken down 11 times but he showed his skills by getting right back up and countering huge shots from the man known as “Big Rigg”.

What Happens Now:

Hendricks: Dana White said at the post fight press conference that he will face GSP for the WW Title next.

Condit: I don’t foresee a huge drop in the rankings for the Natural Born Killer as the fight was very close and could have gone either way if not for the takedowns. I could see him fight Maia, MacDonald or even the quick rising Jake Ellenberger in his next fight. Nick Diaz also raised the question of a rematch at the press conference.

Georges St-Pierre def Nick Diaz via decision – This was not the beating that GSP talked about in the pre-fight press conferences but it was a typical GSP win in the he used his superior wrestling and solid standup to frustrate the challenger and garner his 11th straight victory and 9th title defense in a row. There was flashes of Diaz’s solid boxing in the 4th and 5th where he mounted a comeback and stuffed some takedowns but GSP showed exactly why he is in the top 4 of the Pound for Pound rankings and #3 according to the UFC rankings.

What Happens Now:

GSP: He will next defend his title against Johny Hendricks and GSP said he would like it in Vegas! His last fight in the states was in 2010 vs Dan Hardy at UFC 111. There are also the rumors of the Anderson Silva fight which could be closer than you think as in his mind Chris Wiedman is not a worthy opponent.

Diaz: Who knows, he talks about retirement because of wrestlers being given wins by lay and pray, he calls out Anderson Silva and Carlos Condit and then he tells the world he doesn’t pay taxes and may go to jail. Whatever the path I hope he stays in MMA as he is a top fighter when his head is in the cage.

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