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UFC 129 – Jake Shields Vs. Georges St. Pierre Play By Play

If you missed the SpikeTV prelims, I wrote them up earlier.

The big question is if Jake Shields can break Georges St. Pierre’s armor. No one has for 30 rounds in a row. GSP is going for Joe DiMaggio. Shields is a severe underdog, and probably deserves more respect than he’s getting, but when you have a fighter who is so much better than his competition, it’s easy to just say that he’s going to win again because it’s just what he does. Shields can prove a lot tonight, even without a victory. But he’ll have to fight the perfect fight if he doesn’t want to be just another GSP victim.

The crowd looks tremendous, and though you can’t really hear it, Joe Rogan seemingly can’t hear himself talk. It must be super loud in there too.

1. Ben Henderson vs. Mark Bocek

They were wrestling up against the cage and were separated. Interesting that they were separated so early in the fight. Henderson’s striking game has more variety than Bocek’s. Henderson is throwing more kicks, but Bocek gets the early takedown. He grabbed one leg and then tripped the other while Henderson was hopping around. Could be enough to give Bocek the round. Henderson was slightly winning the stand-up game, but only landed one real loud shot.

Very good round. Started out as a wrestling match and Bocek had a guillotine locked in. He tried to roll with it and lost it and then Henderson started opening up on him and cut him open. That’s an interesting round to score.

Bocek got another takedown, but once he got on top, Henderson started throwing nasty shots from the top again. Henderson’s huge shots look more impressive than Bocek’s wrestling and jiu-jitsu, but I’m not sure they are more impressive. Bocek got another takedown and I think he may pull this one out. Henderson ended it with a flurry.

Winner: Ben Henderson by way of unanimous decision

Henderson won 30-27 on all cards. Surprising to see that Bocek didn’t get one round.

2. Jason Brilz vs. Vladimir Matyushenko

If you blinked, you missed it. Matyushenko hit him with a left hand, followed him to the ground and it was over. Poor Brilz.

Winner: Vladimir Matyushenko by way of 1st round TKO

3. Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin

Jabouin threw two nasty leg kicks that nearly dented Garza’s leg. He landed an uppercut that knocked out Garza’s mouth piece. Garza pulled off a triangle that he didn’t quite have all the way. Jabouin tried to maneuver out of it, but ended up with Garza sitting on him and then he rolled to the side and Jabouin tapped out.

Winner: Pablo Garza by way of 1st round submission

4. Lyoto Machida vs. Randy Couture

Couture can’t catch him. It’s a total Machida fight, though Couture is doing a decent job at moving his head and staying out of range. You just get this feeling that he’s going to get caught by a left hand while lunging in. Couture had his hands on him, trying to wrap him up a few times, but Machida threw him off. Machida landed a nasty knee near the end of the round.

Well, it was a similar kick to how Anderson Silva knocked Vitor Belfort out. Machida threw a front kick, that hit Couture underneath the chin. And yes, Steven Segal was in Machida’s corner too.

Winner: Lyoto Machida by way of 2nd round TKO

Machida put Couture over huge after the fight and got teary eyed. Randy says he’s retired.

5. Mark Hominick vs. Jose Aldo

Aldo clearly won the round. He opened up with nasty hook/kick combinations. He got Hominick down and Hominick’s one offensive move was to try to set up an arm bar on the ground, but otherwise, he was just punished.

Hominck landed a couple of nice shots, but also took some nasty ones, including an uppercut/left hook combination that was nasty. Hominick is bleeding out of his nose. Aldo scored a takedown and when they were stood up, another one. He doesn’t seem comfortable boxing with Hominick. And he’s stopped throwing kicks. Aldo’s clearly won two rounds, but give credit to Hominick showing a chink in his armor, even if it’s slight.

Aldo buckled Hominick twice, and put him down once. But he couldn’t finish him off. Hominick is a tough, tough dude. Aldo is clearly winning this fight, but he also has cuts under his eyes. Hominick is a round away from not being able to see.

Aldo kicked Hominick low and was warned. He’s now going after Hominick’s legs, much like he did against Urijah Faber. Aldo put a baseball sized knot on the side of Hominick’s head. Hominick has guts, but more guts than brains right now. He’s taking an absolute beating.

Hominick just won his first round. He was on top of Aldo and hammering him down with punches. Aldo was either tired, or playing possum. Hominick didn’t even to pass guard. He was just hammering him with as much energy as he had. What a performance by both guys. Amazing stuff.

Winner: Jose Aldo by unanimous decision

The scores were 50-43, 48-46, 49-46. Actually, they re-added the first score and it was really 48-45.

6. Jake Shields vs. Georges St. Pierre

GSP caught Shields off guard early, but it seemed to be more of a slip than anything else. Shields caught GSP’s leg and tried for a single, but when he pushed him back against the cage, he lost it. GSP is beating Shields to the punch. Shields lunged into throwing a kick, but was caught with a stiff jab and fell backwards. He ate another. He’s trying to catch GSP’s leg to take him down. Shields also ate an overhand right. Shields’ stand-up is amazingly bad right now.

GSP is loading up on his Chuck Liddell overhand right. Shields looks absolutely perplexed, but he needs to take a chance. He’s got to be willing to take a shot or two to get inside and try to tie him up. It’s not happening. GSP is outlanding him, and at will.

GSP has an issue with his eye. He mostly stayed away from him and was looking to land the overhand right. Shields was shooting inside more, but missing badly. He can’t set up the takedown for nothing. GSP took him down near the end of the round and landed shots.

GSP knocked him down with a kick and Shields tried to get him to come down with him. GSP threw a punch from the top, but not in his guard. Shields grabbed him and GSP got out of it. Shields’ bloodied up GSP a bit and is trying to play heel and get GSP to engage. It was Shields’ best round of the fight, though he still lost it. Shields has one round to do it.

There was a whole lot of nothing going on there. GSP didn’t try to knock him out and Shields was content with fighting his conservative fight and just not getting blown out. Pretty disappointing ending to what was a really good card.

Winner: Georges St. Pierre by way of unanimous decision

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