UFC 154 Grades and Analysis

UFC 154 Grades: Georges St Pierre Returns in Dominant Fashion; Hendricks Scores Big Knockout

11/18/12 in MMA   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada;  Johny Hendricks reacts after knocking out Martin Kampmann (not pictured) during first round action of their Welterweight bout at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre.  Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE
Johny Hendricks was the biggest winner at UFC 154 after his knockout of Martin Kampmann.

Johny Hendricks: A+
Hendricks catapulted to the top of the welterweight division with one devastating punch. Hendricks was able to knock out Martin Kampmann in less than 50 seconds during the co-main event of UFC 154. If the St Pierre/Silva fight does not materialize expect Hendricks to be first in line for the next crack at St Pierre.
George St Pierre: A
St Pierre put on an electrifying five round performance on Saturday night. He was dominant for long stretches of the fight; took huge punishment during others; and was almost even finished at one point. The champ showed huge heart and determination during what was, perhaps, the most difficult fight of his career.
Rafael dos Anjos: A
Dos Anjos looked fantastic during is decision victory over Mark Bocek. The 28-year-old Brazilian has made great strides over the last three years and looks to be a contender at 155lbs.

Carlos Condit: B
Condit looked as spectacular as you can look during a loss. The “Natural Born Killer” came within a punch or two from walking away from UFC 154 as the undisputed champion. Condit had St Pierre in serious trouble after a leg kick to the head during the beginning of the third round but was unable to put the champ away. Condit earned serious points for taking the fight to St Pierre for all five rounds.
Mark Hominick: C
Hominick was a bloody mess during his featherweight bout with Pablo Garza and ended the fight with no less than four deep cuts on his face. Hominick was unable to sustain any serious offense throughout the fight and, after four straight losses, is in danger of being cut from the UFC.
Martin Kampmann: Incomplete
It’s hard to give Kampmann a grade for a fight that had only two punches landed. We cannot fault Kampmann too much for getting knocked out by a punch that didn’t even land cleanly on his chin—it’s a testament to Hendricks’ punching power – because if the fight had actually lasted more that 45 seconds, Kampmann may have had a chance to show off his diverse striking skills.
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