For St. Pierre, he realized a dream by performing the feat in front of his hometown crowd. Prior to the event, citing scheduling conflicts, the UFC had never promoted an event north of the border. 21,390 packed the Bell Centre to set a new North American attendance record.
St. Pierre's superior wrestling allowed him to bring the fight to Serra's guard, where St. Pierre punished the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt with strikes. Serra, who once again came in with a nothing-to-lose attitude, did his best to stay in the fight by repeatedly giving up his back and then reverting to full guard. But in the end, the strikes took a toll, and by the time St. Pierre began launching knees to the body, Serra's only response was to simply cover up.
Besides the upgrade from an interim belt, St. Pierre has now avenged all of his career losses ? all two of them.
During his title reign, Hughes defined a true champion as someone with the ability not only to win a belt, but to also defend it. After failing in his first title defense as an overwhelming favorite, St. Pierre will no doubt be ready for his second opportunity to enter and leave a fight with the belt around his waist.