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UFC 79: Georges St.-Pierre Beats Matt Hughes for UFC Welterweight Title

At UFC 79 tonight, Georges St.-Pierre dominated Matt Hughes from the start, punishing him for all of the first round and most of the second before Hughes finally tapped out.

The win makes St.-Pierre the interim UFC welterweight title holder, and guarantees that he'll fight former champion Matt Serra, who had been scheduled to take on Hughes tonight until an injury canceled that fight. Serra has been guaranteed a title shot. After the fight, St.-Pierre took off his title belt and said, "The real champion is Matt Serra," and that he will only consider himself the real champ when and if he beats Serra.

The win is a bit of an embarrassment for Hughes, who was totally outclassed throughout and looked somewhat unprepared, even though Hughes is the one who had more time to prepare for the fight. But Hughes, who verbally tapped out in the second round when St.-Pierre got him in an arm bar, said it best afterward: "Georges is just the better fighter."

Previously on FanHouse:
UFC 79 Live Blog: Georges St.-Pierre vs. Matt Hughes for Welterweight Championship
UFC 79: Chuck Liddell Beats Wanderlei Silva
UFC 79: Nemesis Live Blog -- Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva
With Couture Out, Tim Sylvia vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for UFC Title
UFC 79 Undercard Live Blog: Machida- Sokoudjou, Clementi-Guillard, Sanchez-Palalei