UFC 167 in Tweets: Pros score controversial Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks decision

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

For a moment on Saturday night, in that short, hazy window of time between the end of the fifth round and Bruce Buffer's call, the MMA world teetered in amazement. Johny Hendricks, the hard punching, two-time NCAA wrestling king, had actually done it. By all reasonable assumptions, he was the new UFC welterweight champion, wresting the title away from the greatest welterweight in the history of the sport with the performance of a lifetime at UFC 167. But that moment was fools gold.

Georges St-Pierre remains the UFC welterweight champion. Two judges, Sal D'Amato and Tony Weeks scored the fight for him, 48-47, each giving St-Pierre rounds one, three and five to award the Canadian a controversial split decision. Media scores disagreed, as did the scores you'll read below. The decision enraged even UFC President Dana White, who afterward rallied against the Nevada State Athletic Commission, proclaiming, "I'm f--king scared to come back here and do fights. I'm afraid of this state."

Who knows where we go from here. The controversy left a bizarre taste to a night that was otherwise meant to serve as a celebration. Instead, the phrase ‘never leave it in the hands of the judges' has never meant more.

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EVANS MAULS SONNEN

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NEVER DOUBT THE RUTHLESS ONE

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FIST, MEET FACE

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DAGESTANIS DON'T PLAY

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