by Ken Pishna, MMAWeekly.com
Georges St-Pierre entered the Octagon at UFC 111 on Saturday night the overwhelming favorite, and he exited in the same fashion.
He left know doubt in anyone’s mind that he is the most dominant welterweight fighter, and one of the pound for pound best fighters, on the planet.
St-Pierre wasn’t able to finish Hardy, but he thoroughly dominated the fight from bell to bell. Every single round, Hardy came out trying to find an opening for his striking arsenal, and every single round, St-Pierre picked the Brit up and dumped him on his back.
He wasn’t able to do much visible damage to Hardy with his ground and pound attacks, but perhaps more perplexing for St-Pierre had to have been that Hardy didn’t tap out to several submission attempts.
St-Pierre landed an armbar early in the fight that nearly caused Hardy’s elbow to bend the wrong direction, and cranked on a Kimura in the fourth round that surely stretched the Brit’s ligaments to their breaking point. But Hardy didn’t tap.
“The one thing that I do have above everything else… is there’s no quit in me. I don’t give up. I don’t give up,” Hardy declared after the fight. “I don’t know the meaning of tap.”
St-Pierre soldiered on after both near submissions with his takedowns and ground and pound earning a lopsided unanimous decision on all three scorecards, but he wasn’t pleased.
“I’m not very happy of myself. I made a lot of stupid technical mistakes,” said the champion.
Always gracious, even in a dominant victory, St-Pierre gave credit where it was due.
“He is a lot better than I thought he was,” he declared before striding across the ring to thank Hardy for the fight and encourage the young contender, saying that Hardy did better against him than he did against Matt Hughes in his first title shot.
“I just want to apologize to my fans,” said St-Pierre. “I want to come back better next time. I wanted to finish this fight in a beautiful fashion.”