Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
One year removed from his original upset loss to Matt Serra, Georges St. Pierre was finally able to avenge the defeat, dominating Serra on the mat over two rounds en route to regaining his UFC welterweight title in UFC 83’s historic main event.
The raucous crowd packed inside Montreal, Quebec’s Bell Centre saw St. Pierre surprise many in the opening seconds of the fight as he opted to take Serra down. After being on the receiving end of an array of strikes, Serra eventually worked his way back to his feet before finding himself on his back once again.
Any chances for another first-round Serra knockout were spoiled in a big way. With a mouse forming under Serra’s right eye, the Long Island native came out from his corner looking to throw down at the start of the second round. St. Pierre unfortunately had a different idea.
St. Pierre scored yet another early takedown. Serra mounted a bit of offense once the fight hit the feet, connecting with a head kick. However with fatigue setting in, Serra was unable to capitalize, allowing St. Pierre to land a handful of stiff jabs before shooting in for a takedown.
Once on the mat, St. Pierre unleashed a barrage of unanswered punches and knees to the body that forced Serra to cover up and referee Yves Lavigne to ultimately stop the fight, handing St. Pierre the title that he likely should have never lost in the first place.
“My strategy going in was to make it a physical fight,” St. Pierre said in his post-fight interview with Kenny Florian, who filled in for usual color commentator Joe Rogan. “I wanted to make him tired as much as I could because I know have the conditioning. I was trying to mix it up as much as I could.”
Matt Serra and Georges St. Pierre pose at the pre-fight press conference for UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre II show are below. All fighters successfully made weight.
The event will be headlined by current welterweight champions Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra unifying their belts in a main event rematch of their fight at UFC 69: Shootout last year, where Serra stopped St. Pierre with strikes to win the UFC welterweight title.
Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will also be in action, taking on the middleweight winner of the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter, Travis Lutter. Additional main card bouts include Nate Quarry vs. Kalib Starnes, Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy, and Mac Danzig vs. Mark Bocek.
Matt Serra (169.5 lbs) vs. Georges St. Pierre (169.5 lbs)
Rich Franklin (185.5 lbs) vs. Travis Lutter (185 lbs)
Nate Quarry (185.5 lbs) vs. Kalib Starnes (186 lbs)
Michael Bisping (185.5 lbs) vs. Charles McCarthy (186 lbs)
Mac Danzig (154.5 lbs) vs. Mark Bocek (154.5 lbs)
Jason MacDonald (185 lbs) vs. Joe Doerksen (184.5 lbs)
Sam Stout (155.5 lbs) vs. Rich Clementi (155 lbs)
Ed Herman (185.5 lbs) vs. Demian Maia (184.5 lbs)
Jonathan Goulet (169.5 lbs) vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka (170 lbs)
Alan Belcher (185 lbs) vs. Jason Day (183.5 lbs)
Cain Velasquez (235.5 lbs) vs. Brad Morris (225.5 lbs)
Screenshots from this afternoon’s weigh-ins featuring St. Pierre and Serra are after the jump, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.
Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra square off at the weigh-ins for UFC 69: Shootout. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
After years of waiting, the Ultimate Fighting Championship finally made their first trek up to Canada official when they announced UFC 83: St. Pierre vs Serra II during a press conference earlier today at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada earlier this morning.
In attendance at the press conference were UFC President Dana White and current welterweight champions Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra who will unify their belts in a main event rematch of their fight at UFC 69: Shootout last year, where Serra stopped St. Pierre with strikes to win the UFC welterweight title.
“I’m actually excited to go to Canada and fight St-Pierre in his hometown,” Serra said at the press conference earlier today. “I think this puts more pressure on him than it does me. I know he’s going to come at me hard, but I’m ready for that and I’m preparing for a great fight. I know that’s what I would do if a guy knocked me out like that. But I plan on staying the champ and taking my belt back home to Long Island.”
St. Pierre, a native of Montreal, will be fighting in front of his hometown under the UFC banner for the first time in his career. After originally speculating that St. Pierre would not be ready in time for the event due to his bout against Matt Hughes in December, St. Pierre came away with the interim welterweight belt relatively unscathed, allowing him to partake in the historic event.
“I am at the same point as I was last year when I fought Matt Serra, except this time I am fighting as the contender not the champion,” said St-Pierre. “It’s a dream come true to have this historic UFC event in Canada, I’ve waited my whole life for this opportunity, and especially fighting for – and winning – the world title in front of my people.”
Jonathan Goulet applies a choke to Shonie Carter at TKO 23: Extreme. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.
Two rumored bouts may now be coming to fruition when the Ultimate Fighting Championship ventures into Canada for the first time in history on April 19th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for UFC 84.
Scott White at TKO Xtreme is reporting that both Canadian natives Sam Stout and Jonathan Goulet will be in action at the event. Stout will apparently take on Rich Clementi while Goulet is set to be matched up against Kuniyoshi Hironaka.
If you’ve been hearing Stout’s name a lot lately, it’s because he took on newcomer Per Eklund this afternoon at UFC 80: Rapid Fire. Prior to today, Stout had rebounded from a decision loss at UFC Fight Night 11 to knockout Martin Grandmont at TKO 30: Apocalypse in September. Clementi submitted Melvin Guillard in a controversial and intense bout at UFC 79: Nemesis last month.
Goulet signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC following his submission win over Paul Georgieff at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale. Hironaka verbally submitted to Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night 11 in his last bout.
Among the many items that were discussed at yesterday’s pre-fight press conference for UFC 79 was the promotion’s possible trek up to Canada for an event next year.
Well it looks like hoping and guessing is not needed anymore. According to UFC president Dana White, the UFC will hold an event in Canada in April.
“I knew this question was coming,” said White when asked about the UFC coming to Canada. “Yeah, we’re coming to Canada in April and regardless of what happens Saturday night, we’d love to have Georges St. Pierre on the card.”
When asked for an official date, White stated that a date was set but he “didn’t know it off the top of his head”. The event is expected to take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
MMA on Tap has learned that Jonathan “The Road Warrior” Goulet has signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC.
Jonathan Goulet is coming off of an impressive submission victory over Paul Georgieff at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale.
The first fight on Goulet’s new deal is expected to be at UFC 83 on April 19, 2008 in Montreal, Quebec.
Brandon Curts def. Alexander Jr. - TKO (Injury)
Gabriel Lavallee def. Dimitri Waardenburg - Submission
Nordin Tahleb def. Louis Phillippe Carlos - Decision (Unanimous)
Michel Boissonneault def. Louis-Christophe Laurin - Submission
Mike Dizak def. Eugenio Carpine - Submission (Kimura)
Yan Pellerin def. Mike Weichert - KO
Tommy Pariseau def. Stephane Denis - Decision (Majority)
Derek Gauthier def. Kris Parti - TKO
Jacob MacDonald def. Shawn Marchand - Decision (Unanimous)
Martin Desilets def. Stephen Davis - KO
Jonathan Goulet def. Dan Chambers - TKO
Here are the weigh-in results for Ring Xtreme Challenge 2.
Gabriel Lavallée (140.2) vs. Dimitri Waardenburg (141)
Dan Chambers (184) vs. Jonathan Goulet (185.4)
Stephen Davis (226.4) vs. Martin Désilets (211.8)
Mike Dizak (155.6) vs. Eugenio Carpine (153.4)
Kris Parti (167.8) vs. Derek Gauthier (168.4)
Mike Weichert (242.6) vs. Yan Pellerin (229.8)
Louis-Christophe Laurin (166) vs. Michel Boissoneault (168.2)
Louis-Philippe Carles (167.8) vs. Nordin Tahleb (170.6)
Stéphane Denis (145.8) vs. Tommy Pariseau (144.8)
Brandon Cult (206.4) vs. JR Alexander (N/A)
Happy Thanksgiving bitches! Sorry for the lateness but here’s a roundup of today’s news…
- Cage Rage has announced that U.K. native Jordan Miller will replace an injured Brad Pickett against Ronnie Mann at Cage Rage 24: Feel the Pain on December 1st.
Pickett was forced to pull out of the bout after breaking his arm during training.
- Yahoo! Sports has added a new MMA videos section.
- The UFC has officially announced four additional bouts for The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale, which is set to take place at The Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 8th:
Jared Rollins vs. Jon Koppenhaver
Troy Mandaloniz vs. Richie Hightower
Roman Mitichyan vs. Dorian Price
Paul Georgieff vs. Jonathan Goulet
- MMA Junkie is reporting that Drew McFedries will return to the Octagon against Patrick Cote according to a Facebook bulletin posted by Cote himself. Dann Stupp and company are also reporting that American Kickboxing Academy’s Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch will most likely be back in action at UFC 82 in March.
- The California State Athletic Commission has announced that Bryson Kamaka has tested positive for marijuana following post-fight tests for Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives last weekend. Kamaka has been suspended for three months and fined $500.
MMA on Tap has learned that UFC veteran Jonathan “The Road Warrior” Goulet will face TKO veteran Dan “Torture” Chambers in the main event at Ring Xtreme Challenge II on Nov, 24 at Pavillon Agri-Sports in Victoriaville, Quebec. The fight will take place at 185 lbs.
Hailing from Victoriaville, Quebec, Jonathan Goulet sports a professional MMA record of 19-9 with victories over the likes of Jay Hieron, Jesse Bongfeldt, Shonie Carter and Luke Cummo. Goulet’s most recent appearance came at UFC Fight Night 11 where he suffered a submission loss to rising star Dustin Hazelett.
Training out of the Canadian Martial Arts Centre in Alberta, Canada, Dan “Torture” Chambers sports a MMA record of 11-4. Chambers holds victories over the likes of Marcus Celestin, Jacob MacDonald, Jason Randle and Mitch Gillis.