Sunday, July 12, 2009
Lesnar, St. Pierre winners at UFC 100
LAS VEGAS – Brock Lesnar retained the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title by stopping Frank Mir in the second round and Georges St. Pierre put on the performance of his career in blanking Thiago Alves at UFC 100 on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Lesnar took Mir down and pounded him with rights along the cage, forcing referee Herb Dean to stop it at 1:48 of the second. After the win, Lesnar made an obscene gesture to the crowd with both hands.
St. Pierre, who was all class, won by scores of 50-45, 50-45, 50-44.
Lesnar, who lost to Mir last year at UFC 81 on a first-round submission, shouted to the crowd, “I love it! Keep booing! Keep booing!”
Mir only had one offensive move, a knee early in the second round. Lesnar took Mir down in the first and pounded him with rights, then did much the same in the second until it was stopped.
St. Pierre never allowed Alves into the fight. He took him down almost at will and was constantly working on the ground. The powerful Alves was able to force his way off the mat and get back to his feet, but he took a load of punishment from a champion who may have earned the outright pound-for-pound top status.
St. Pierre injured his groin in the third, but it hardly seemed to affect him in what he repeatedly called the toughest fight of his career.