It wasn't a night without controversy, but few would deny the main event between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Johny Hendricks wasn't the marquee bout of the evening at UFC 167 on Saturday night. In a thrilling if highly controversial split decision, St-Pierre retained his title via split decision, taking 48-47 on two of the three judges score cards with Hendricks grabbing 48-47 on the third. The bout earned them, and all of the bonus winners, each an extra $50,000 for their efforts.
Over the course of five rounds, Hendricks and St-Pierre went back and forth with many observers feeling the challenger took both the first and second rounds with heavier strikes and forward pressure. St-Pierre was able to rally in the third frame behind the use of his jab, but spent time underneath on the ground in the fourth. The Montreal-native pushed hard again in the fifth, working behind the jab and pressing Hendricks into the fence.
St-Pierre moves to 25-2 in mixed martial arts while Hendricks drops to 15-2.
With the most thunderous striking stoppage of the night, Strikeforce veteran Tyron Woodley absolutely blasted 'The Ultimate Fighter' (TUF) 1 veteran Josh Koscheck in the first round of their bout on the night's main card. Koscheck tried often and early to pressure Woodley backwards, but the University of Missouri wrestler wouldn't be denied. He crushed Koscheck with two right hands - after rocking his opponent several times in the round - that sent him crashing backwards into the mat, forcing the referee stoppage there. The end came officially at 4:38 of the first round.
Woodley moves to 12-2 while Koscheck slides to 17-8.
Last, but certainly not least, WEC veteran and lightweight stalwart Donald Cerrone claimed Submission of the Night honors with a second round triangle choke finish of Evan Dunham. Cerrone showcased the diversity of his offense throughout the fight, but put a stamp on things in a transition against the fence in the second where he was able to lock up a triangle choke that Dunham initially tried to fight through only to relent at 3:49 of the frame.
Cerrone jumps to 21-6 with 1 no-contest while Dunham slides to 14-5.
UFC 167 took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card aired on pay-per-view while the preliminary card was split between Fox Sports 1 and Facebook/YouTube.