UFC 154 in Tweets: Pros react to Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit, main card

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It was a main event that lived up to its billing and then something. Georges St-Pierre, the absent welterweight king, had to return not just from time off and debilitating injury. He also had to face the unfortunately unheralded Carlos Condit. And not simply any Condit, but one who'd had almost a year to prepare. If this was going to be a moment where GSP fell from grace (almost understandably) this was going to be.

Through five grueling rounds, St-Pierre seemed to return to form. He pressured a capable Condit on the feet and used superior wrestling with top control to take a unanimous decision. But even when he won a round, he never ran away with it. And in the third round, it all nearly came unraveled as GSP's hands were down while Condit finished an extended striking combination that culminated with Condit's shin against St-Pierre's skull. Condit tried mightily to finish him, but it wasn't to be. GSP was and is simply too good and won all the championship rounds on all the judges scorecards.

In the co-main event. Johny Hendricks positively blew past Martin Kampmann in the most dramatic moment of the event outside of the tense main event. What's next for him is unclear, but a new top contender affirmed his place in dynamic fashion.

The rest of the main card was less interesting or noteworthy, at least as far as high marks are concerned. But it hardly matters. A thrilling and frankly historic main event between the two best welterweights in the world turned out to be everything we'd all hoped it would be. Don't believe me? Listen to the UFC pros on Twitter who share my opinion.

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