Round 1: St-Pierre lands an outside leg kick. He ducks under a big punch and takes Hendricks down. St-Pierre looks for a guillotine choke but Hendricks gets out and stands. They battle for position in the clinch. Hendricks presses St-Pierre against the cage. Hendricks delivers knees to the thighs while St-Pierre lands knees to the body. St-Pierre changes levels and Hendricks hits him with an uppercut. St-Pierre fights to get the fight to the ground. Hendricks lands hard elbows to the side of the champion’s head. Hendricks lands hard knees to the thighs of St-Pierre. Hendricks takes St-Pierre down. St-Pierre stands. Hendricks stays on him and lands a knee to the thigh. They separate. Hendricks jumps in and lands a knee. St-Pierre lands an outside leg kick. St-Pierre lands a high kick. They clinch. Hendricks delivers a knee to the body. Hendricks continues to land knees to St-Pierre’s legs. St-Pierre lands a knee to the body. They separate. Hendricks lands an inside leg kick. St-Pierre answers with a right hand. St-Pierre lands to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Hendricks.
Round 2: They touch gloves to start the second frame. St-Pierre lands a kick to the body. Hendricks counters with a left hand. St-Pierre lands his jab followed by a leg kick. Hendricks landds a hard left hand. St-Pierre is hurt. Hendricks unloads another left hand. St-Pierre ties him up but is wobbly. The retrieve his mouthpiece and restart. Hendricks lands another left hand. They clinch. Hendricks delivers knees to the legs of St-Pierre. They separate. St-Pierre lands a left hook followed by a jab. St-Pierre is working his jab. He leaps in with a superman punch. Two minutes remain in the round. Hendricks lands a right hook. St-Pierre lands a solid right hand. Hendricks fires back with a right hand of his own. St-Pierre lands a head kick. St-Pierre lands a counter right hand. They clinch. Hendricks knees St-Pierre’s legs. St-Pierre delivers knees to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Hendricks.
Round 3: Hendricks is all smiles coming out for the third. St-Pierre lands a leg kick. Hendricks answers with a right hand. Hendricks lands to the body. St-Pierre lands a right hand. Hendricks steps in with a jab. Hendricks has slowed. St-Pierre lands a right hand followed by a left hook. St-Pierre landing his jab more often. He steps in with a right hand. Hendricks lands a straight left. Two minutes remain in the round. St-Pierre starting to put combinations together. Hendricks answers with his left hand. Hendricks lands a left hand. Hendricks works for a takedown and gets it. He lands to the body with left hands. St-Pierre powers to his feet. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for St-Pierre.
Round 4: St-Pierre lands first in the fourth with an outside leg kick. St-Pierre lands his jab. Hendricks rushes in and clinches and St-Pierre slips. Hendricks follows him down and gains top position. He lands a solid elbow. Hendricks is peppering St-Pierre with short shots to the body. Body, body, head his corner shouts. Hendricks lets St-Pierre up. St-Pierre’s face is busted up. They exchange. Hendricks lands a right hand. St-Pierre delivers an outside leg kick. Hendricks counters with a left. St-Pierre is cut under his right eye. St-Pierre looks to get the fight to the ground. Hendricks has none of it. Hendricks works for a takedown and St-Pierre sprawls. They work for position along the cage. Hendricks presses St-Pierre against the fence. He lands knees to the thighs. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Hendricks.
Round 5: They touch gloves. St-Pierre lands a left hand. He changes levels and works for a takedown. Hendricks bounces on one leg. He lands an uppercut. St-Pierre gives up on the takedown. Hendricks drives St-Pierre to the cage. They separate. St-Pierre lands a combination. St-Pierre lands a kick to the body and takes Hendricks down with three minutes left in the round. Hendricks works to stand and does. He turns the champion. They battle for position along the cage. The referee separates them. St-Pierre fires off a high kick that misses. St-Pierre presses forward and drops down for a takedown. He gets it. Hendricks stands back up. St-Pierre isolates an arm. The round ends. Hendricks is celebrating as if he won. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for St-Pierre.
The judges scored the fight for St-Pierre by split decision. The scorecards read 47-48, 48-47 and 48-47.