MONTREAL — “UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck” takes place this evening at the Bell Centre in Quebec, Canada. Headlining the event is a welterweight title fight between champion Georges St-Pierre and number one contender Josh Koscheck.
St-Pierre’s team took home the victory on The Ultimate Fighter season 12, now it is time for the coaches to settle their differences once and for all. St-Pierre won a unanimous decision in their first meeting three years ago, now we will see how Koscheck’s game has progressed. The bookmakers have St-Pierre as a heavy favorite, but if Koscheck can catch him with a big shot, he could stop the champ.
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UFC 124 quick results:
MAIN CARD (Pay-Per-View)
- Georges St-Pierre def. Josh Koscheck by unanimous decision (5-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- Stefan Struve def. Sean McCorkle by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (3:55)
- Jim Miller def. Charles Oliveira by submission (kneebar) Rd 1 (1:59)
- Mac Danzig def. Joe Stevenson by knockout (punch) Rd 1 (1:54)
- Thiago Alves def. John Howard by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Live on UFC.com)
- Dan Miller def. Joe Doerksen by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Mark Bocek def. Dustin Hazelett by submission (Triangle Choke) Rd 1 (2:33)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Not Televised)
- Rafael Natal and Jesse Bongfeldt fight to a majority draw (30-30, 30-30, 30-30)
- Sean Pierson def. Matt Riddle by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ricardo Almeida def. T.J. Grant by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- John Makdessi def. Pat Audinwood by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
UFC 124 play-by-play:
Dustin Hazelett vs. Mark Bocek
Round 1 – Bocek puts Hazelett on his back early. Bocek working from the top with elbows as Hazelett scrambles. Bocek gets full mount and locks up a triangle and lands some elbows at the same time. Hazelett in big trouble and Dustin Hazelett taps out. Wow! Enormous submission win for Mark Bocek. Hazelett is known as a ground wizard… quite surprising.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Mark Bocek def. Dustin Hazelett by submission (Triangle Choke) Rd 1 (2:33)
NOTES: Bocek called out George Sotiropoulos after the fight.
Dan Miller vs. Joe Doerksen
Round 1 – Miller with a body shot but Doerksen responds with two big rights that connect. Miller gets the single leg in response to a punch attempt from Doerksen. Miller moves to half guard. They scramble and roll and Miller ends back up on top in half guard. Miller now inside guard, butterfly style, now full guard, closed. Miller softening up the midsection from the top. Doerksen trying to control the posture and eats a few elbows. Miller stands, eats and up kick and lays back inside the full guard. One to the body and one to the head, again. Miller not doing any real damage, hammerfisting Doerksen. Miller is winning the round, but not super impressively. Miller should have it 10-9.
Round 2 – Miller gets a takedown but Doerksen immediately reverses, he stands up and throws some big punches as he dives in. Miller with full guard, holding on to Doerksen. Miller looks for a triangle, then gets to his feet after a scramble, shoots, gets the takedown, now inside Doerksen’s guard. Doerksen looks for kimura and puts it behind Miller’s back. Miller escapes it as Doerksen pushes it – Rogan says he wasn’t doing it correctly. Miller inside full guard, he stands, eats an up-kcik, then lays back on top in half guard. Doerksen covers up and blocks Miller’s attempts to hit him. Miller should have the round 10-9.
Round 3 – Doerksen with a right hand. Again. Tries a head kick but Miller takes him down. Doerksen is bleeding from his nose. Miller back inside full guard trying to soften him up. Doerksen tries to sweep, Miller regains control. Doerksen lands an elbow or two from the bottom, as well as some punches to the body. Miller pushes him against the fence. Miller trying to grind it out. Miller moves to half guard. Doerksen uses his feet to spin away from the cage, and he’s staying busy from the bottom. The crowd starts to boo. One minute to go. Miller staying just busy enough not to get stood up it seems. Even Rogan hints at a stand up. Thirty seconds to go. Doerksen throws up looking for a triangle but too late. Miller should have the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27. Classic lay and pray or ground and a bit of pound.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Dan Miller def. Joe Doerksen by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
NOTES: How in the hell anyone saw that fight for Doerksen is completely absurd. I mean it wasn’t pretty by any means but Miller won very convincingly.
Thiago Alves vs. John Howard
Round 1 – Leg kick inside from Alves, then a right hand. Howard swings back, shotos, gets stuffed. Alves lands a big leg kick and a nice punch, then takes Howard down, on top in half guard. Alves pins down Howard’s arm but Howard uses it to sweep, goes for a leg lock, but Alves is up and free. Leg kick from Howard. Leg kick Alves. Nice right from Alves, big leg kick from Howard. Another right and a straight left from Alves. Leg kick from Howard is checked. Left hook from Howard scores. Enormous leg kick from Alves then scores with a big punch. Howard with a leg kick. They’re standing toe to toe. Howard with a right but gets clipped with a left. Counter left from Alves scores. Howard catches a body kick, clinches, pushes Alves against the cage. Ref calls for work. Leg kick from Alves. Another leg kick, Howard catches it and fires back. Inside leg kick from Alves, misses with a right. Big leg kick from Howard and Alves retaliates with an inside and outside leg kick. Alves gets the round 10-9. He’s looking great.
Round 2 – Touch gloves. Inside leg kick from Alves. Leg kick again from Alves to the outside this time. Front kick from Howard. Inside leg kick, hits the groin of Howard. They exchange leg kicks and punches. Big leg kick from Howard. He checks one from Alves. Big leg kick from Alves buckles Howard’s knee a bit. Howard check’s a leg kick. Nice left from Alves as Howard swings away. Inside leg kick from Alves, head kick from Alves. Howard gets in close but Alves picks him up big and slams him. Alves on top in half guard. Alves looks amazing tonight. Howard with some body shots from the bottom. Howard recovers full guard. Hammerfists from Alves, then an elbow and some body shots. Thirty seconds to go as Howard shrimps. Alves postures up, lays back down, lands an elbow. Big round for Alves 10-9.
Round 3 – Alves looks pumped and ready. Big leg kick from Alves. Howard fires a one two as Alves lands another leg kick. Left jab from Alves. Howard shoots in, Alves’s back against the cage. Howard lets it go and returns to the center. Leg kick from Howard. He checks Alves’s leg kick. Alves with an inside leg kick. Punch, leg kick from Howard. Right hand from Alves as Howard comes forward attacking. He drops Howard with a right hand. Howard bounces right back to his feet and clinches. They release and square up. Big nasty leg kick from Alves. Leg kick Howard. Superman punch from Alves. Howard lands a left. Alves with a leg kick. Howard misses with a leg kick attempt. Inside leg kick from Alves. One, two, leg kick from Alves as Howard fires back. They both go for head kicks and both miss. Thirty seconds to go. Body kick and nasty leg kick from Alves. Inside leg kick from Alves. Alves putting on a technical clinic as he beats Howard to the punch at every instance. Goldy and Rogan call it the best Thiago Alves we’ve seen. Alves should have the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Thiago Alves def. John Howard by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzig
Round 1 – Danzig lands a front kick to the chest. Inside leg kick from Danzig, overhand right returned by Stevenson. Both guys with a lot of foot movement. Leg kick from Joe Daddy. Left hook from Joe. Knee from the Thai plum from Danzig. Joe scores with an overhand right. Mac Danzig knocks Joe Stevenson out cold. Out of nowhere!!! He caught Joe rushing in. I have never seen anyone do that to Joe. It was a perfect left hook on the button as Danzig was moving backwards. Wow!
OFFICIAL RESULT: Mac Danzig def. Joe Stevenson by knockout (punch) Rd 1 (1:54)
Jim Miller vs. Charles Oliveira
Round 1 – Head kick from Oliveira. Again. Miller shoots, gets the takedown. Oliveira has his neck. Oliveira attacking from his back. Miller with an elbow from inside full guard. Oliveira is the youngest fighter in the UFC. He doesn’t even cut weight for 155. Oliveira giving several looks from the bottom, throws up his legs for an armbar, transitions to a leg lock, Jim Miller goes for his own kneebar and gets it! Oliveira taps out. Very nice win for Miller.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Jim Miller def. Charles Oliveira by submission (kneebar) Rd 1 (1:59)
NOTES: Miller, who is on a six-fight win streak said, “Joe, I want my shot! I want my shot, Joe!” Rogan said, “You deserve you’re shot.”
Stefan Struve vs. Sean McCorkle
NOTES: Reggie Warren Jr. is in McCorkle’s corner. Reggie is being very vocal as McCorkle enters the cage.
Round 1 – This should be a crazy fight. Right hand by Struve and McCorkle picks him up for the slam. McCorkle on top in half guard, goes for a kimura, puts it behind Struve’s back. Struve is in trouble here, just a little over a minute into the fight. Struve spins around using the cage and escapes the kimura. Struve tries to scramble out but McCorkle regains control and is on top in full guard. McCorkle postures up and lands some shots. Struve throws up an armbar attempt. McCorkle escapes it and sits on his knees. Big shot to McCorkle’s chin from Struve while laying on his back. McCorkle with a can opener to open the guard of Struve. Struve looking for a kimura. Struve reverses and mounts McCorkle. Struve starts smashing down the punches and the ref steps in. It seems a bit early but McCorkle doesn’t appear to be complaining and his nose is bleeding pretty badly.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Stefan Struve def. Sean McCorkle by TKO (strikes from the mount) Rd 1 (3:55)
(Title) Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck
NOTES: It was said that Josh Koscheck had to stay in a secret hotel while in Montreal for this fight. The boos are deafening and the cheers for GSP are also deafening. How will Koscheck handle all this pressure? We’re about to find out.
Round 1 – No touch of the gloves. Left jab from GSP. Another left jab and GSP immediately gets the takedown. Kos gets right up though. Left jab from GSP. Nice right from GSP and a left jab again. Josh hasn’t landed anything yet. GSP shoots, gets stuffed. Another jab from GSP and a leg kick. Leg kick from GSP. Josh swings and misses with a big right and GSP tags him with some punches. Kos stuffs the takedown and makes him eat a knee. Nice left jabs from GSP are finding a home. Nice right hand from GSP. Head kick from GSP. Right hand from Kos is blocked, again. Leg kick from GSP and a left jab. Kos misses with a big right. Kos with a double jab. GSP slips a big right. Stiff jab from GSP. Leg kick from GSP. Kos shoots, GSP stuffs it for now. Against the cage, Kos still holding the single. Kos working hard for the takedown, picks GSP up and puts him on his back and the crowd gets quiet. Ten seconds to go. A little right hand by Kos before the bell. GSP should have the round 10-9.
Round 2 – GSP working the jab again. Leg kick inside for GSP. Superman punch lands for GSP. Inside leg kick from GSP. Another jab. Another. Right hand from Koscheck misses. Nice right from GSP. Inside leg kick from GSP. Kos’s eye is almost closed shut. Big leg kick from GSP. GSP’s boxing looks much improved. Inside leg kick from GSP. Nice one two from GSP. GSP knows how to block Kos’s right hand on cue. Everytime. Beautiful preparation. Body kick from GSP then a one, two, another one, two and he is tearing Kos apart. Kos is still standing right in front of him though. Great technical precision from GSP and he lands several shots and leg kicks. Nice uppercut from Koscheck but GSP fires back with a couple of nice combos that find their home. Kos goes for another uppercut but misses. Left jab from GSP. GSP throws a combo before the bell. GSP should have the round 10-9.
Round 3 – Koscheck’s eye looks horrible. Nice right hand from GSP. Inside leg kick from GSP, Superman punch. Inside leg kick from GSP. GSP shoots, Kos stuffs it. Clinched against the cage. Kos with underhooks turns GSP around, GSP turns him back around against the cage. Elbow from Koscheck. GSP drops levels for the shot but Kos stops it. Ref calls for work. They separate. Leg kick inside from GSP. He’s fighting such a smart and technical fight. Nice jab from GSP. Kos attempts a jab and they clinch. GSP backs out, big inside leg kick and a jab. Winging right hand from Kos misses and GSP fires back with a beautiful combo right on the button. Inside leg kick from GSP. Punch, kick to the leg from GSP, opening uup and picking him apart with strikes. Nice left from GSP and then a leg kick. GSP takes another one 10-9.
Round 4 – Doctor checks Koscheck’s eye. He says he can still fight. Leg kick from GSP. Kos looks desperate but GSP starts off with several strikes, then a takedown, tries to take Kos’s back. Kos gets out, goes for a leg lock. GSP is out, they are to their feet, clinched against the cage. Knee to the face from GSP. Still clinched against the cage. This is the first time for Koscheck to go to the championship rounds. Ref separates them. Double jab to the face and body from GSP. Kos with no head movement, just standing in front and getting beat to the punch. Counter left hook from GSP, Kos slips to the mat, he gets up. Koscheck misses with a one two. Nice left hook from GSP, tearing that eye up. Inside leg kick from GSP. Double jab to Koscheck’s swollen eye. Inside leg kick from GSP. Koscheck is starting to flinch at GSP’s punches now. Double jab, double jab and kicks from GSP. Another left hook from GSP. Thirty seconds to go in the round. Head kick attempt from like two feet away from Koscheck. GSP takes another one 10-9.
Round 5 – Final round. Inside leg kick from GSP then a big left. Another inside leg kick. Kos shoots and gets stuffed. Inside leg kick from GSP. Overhand right from Kos and GSP blocks and ducks it. Strong left jab from GSP. Inside leg kick and a couple nice lefts from GSP. Kos just can’t reach GSP. He hasn’t landed but one good shot this whole fight. Left jab from GSP. Nice right hand from GSP as he counters the big overhand right. Two minutes to go. GSP shoots, Koscheck stuffs it. Clinched against the fence. Kos lands a little rabbit punch. Koscheck’s eye is bleeding. Koscheck lands some body shots. Koscheck looks at the clock and GSP puts him down, Koscheck gets up, gets put down, gets up again and they’re clinched against the cage. Spinning kick from Koscheck from five feet away. GSP with the jab, lands a couple shots right at the bell. Wow! What a performance from the champ. “I think even the judges can get this one right,” says Joe Rogan. They hug after the bell. This guy is the Manny Pacquiao of MMA.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Georges St-Pierre def. Josh Koscheck by unanimous decision (5-45, 50-45, 50-45)