Yeah, that happened.
Ever since the UFC purchased Strikeforce, it has been business as usual. Well, for some things at least. Georges St. Pierre and Jose Aldo are still the kings of their respective weight classes. Jumping karate kicks are still incredibly badass. A stadium full of over 55,000 fans could get pretty loud. You know, business as usual.
Georges St. Pierre extended his winning streak to nine fights last night in convincing fashion, exhibiting his superior stand-up skills en route to a unanimous decision victory over Jake Shields. While Jake Shields displayed much better striking last night than anything we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from him, he was also unable to get the fight to the ground. Oh well, on to Anderson Silva now, right?
Well, not exactly. GSP didn’t hide that he hasn’t committed to moving up to middleweight, and Anderson Silva still has to beat Yushin Okami for this to happen. Oh yeah, there’s also one minor issue: Dana White seems interested in seeing GSP fight Nick Diaz. But can Dana White really make this fight happen? In the “business as usual” manner we’ve come to expect, Dana White said, “I imagine I could do whatever I wanted to do if I really wanted. But we have a contract with Showtime, and he’s a Strikeforce fighter. We’ll see how it works out, but that’s an interesting fight.” For what it’s worth, Jake Shields also likes the idea of Diaz vs. GSP.
If there is such a thing as winning during a loss, Mark Hominick managed to do so last night. Faced with a seemingly indestructible Jose Aldo, Hominick showed a lot of heart by managing to steal the final round from the champion (at least on two of the judges’ score cards). While Aldo was complimentary of Hominick after the fight, he also let it be known that Hominick didn’t exactly live up to his pre-fight promise of hitting Aldo harder than he’s ever been hit. During the post-fight press conference, Jose Aldo laughed and said, “I talk with Anderson [Silva] a lot and like he says, ‘Even a parrot can talk.’”
As for Aldo’s next opponent, it appears that he will be fighting Team Alpha Male’s Chad Mendes next. While Dana White admitted that he hasn’t talked to Mendes about fighting Jose Aldo yet, UFC’s return to Philadelphia (UFC 133, August 6) will more than likely host the fight. Wild speculation, but I imagine that Urijah Faber will have Mendes checking kicks.
One final example of “business as usual” that should come as a surprise to absolutely no one: Steven Seagal is still an incredibly dislikable human being. Seagal caught up with mmafighting.com for an interview last night. About halfway thought, he literally stops the interview to answer his phone. It is what it is.
Main Card Results:
Georges St-Pierre def. jake Shields via unanimous decision (50-45, 48-47, 48-47) – defends welterweight title
Jose Aldo def. Mark Hominick via unanimous decision (48-45, 48-46, 49-46) – defends featherweight title
Lyoto Machida def. Randy Couture via KO (kick) – Round 2, 1:09
Vladimir Matyushenko def. Jason Brilz via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:20
Ben Henderson def. Mark Bocek via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)