LAS VEGAS -- Thiago Alves was supposed to be Georges St. Pierre's biggest test, but when the time came, GSP was easily up to the challenge of defending his UFC welterweight championship at UFC 100, earning a unanimous decision by winning every round on all three judges' scorecards.
But what makes St. Pierre's performance even more amazing is that he managed to dominate Alves even after likely tearing an adductor muscle in the third round.
St. Pierre said that the injury occurred during the third round when he was on the bottom in guard position. When Alves pushed his knee down in an attempt to pass guard, St. Pierre heard a snap.
"It was pretty bad," he said. "I said, 'Oh my God, the fight isn't over and I'm on the bottom. Normally I try armbars and stuff from the bottom, but I couldn't do that. I had to scramble to win that fight."
St. Pierre said that for the final two rounds, an adrenaline surge helped him get through the pain, but sitting on a chair during the post-fight press conference, he was in visible discomfort, and when he got up to leave the stage, he rose from his chair gingerly, gritting his teeth before walking out slowly.
With each win, GSP seems to gain more and more popularity, and he received the biggest ovations during the night. But after an impressive series of conquests, what's next for the French-Canadian star after healing?
"I want to fight who's the best guy," St. Pierre said. "But right now I'm in really bad pain. Soon, I'm going to step back, take a look and we'll see over the next couple weeks."
A possible superfight with Anderson Silva has been buzzed about recently, but GSP seemed to throw cold water on it, saying he'd like to take his time to gain weight before fighting a middleweight. He walks around right at 185, while Silva cuts from around 210 in the offseason.
"I said it before, if he gets through this one, he's in the running for pound-for-pound best fighter," UFC President Dana White said. "He walked through Thiago. He had an awesome gameplan, and he tore his groin? I couldn't even tell, he was still taking him down. He's an amazing human being, an amazing fighter. I can't say enough about him, but what's next? Who knows."
GSP was just one among a large group of many fighters who needed medical attention after the fight. The post-fight press conference usually features a slew of fighters, but only Brock Lesnar, St. Pierre and Dan Henderson attended to share the stage with White, who told the assembled media, "It seems like everyone went to the hospital tonight." None of the injuries, however, were thought to be serious.
St. Pierre will have his injury checked further when he returns home, so any guess about how long he might be out of action would be pure speculation.