MMA fans saw their sport hit a new level over the weekend when 55,000 people filled the Rogers Centre in Toronto to watch Georges St-Pierre defend his title against former Strikeforce Middleweight champion Jake Shields. As he has been for a long time, St-Pierre was safe money against Shields and paid a price as low as -390 at 5Dimes.
The Welterweight champion suffered an injured eye in the third round and had to use his boxing skills to outwork the underdog Shields for the victory. A smart gameplan and a patient approach were the keys to victory for Georges St-Pierre, who will now have to go back to facing inferior Welterweight contenders or move up to Middleweight.
The co-main event that pitted Mark Hominick against Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight title turned out to be the best fight on the UFC 129 card. After taking a beating from Aldo for four rounds Hominick had one eye nearly closed and a giant hematoma on his forehead that almost stopped the fight. But after the doctor allowed the fight to continue Hominick came out and dominated the fifth round.
Aldo managed to make it through the round and take home the victory, but the tough Canadian showed the world that the unbeatable aura around Aldo may not be what we all thought. As we predicted, Aldo was safe money in the Octagon and cost as little as -440 at 5Dimes if you made your bet at the right time earlier in the week.
The 55,000 fans in attendance at UFC 129 seemed to cheer for MMA legend Randy Couture as loudly as they did for St-Pierre. However, that didn’t help the aging former champion when he stepped into the Octagon against Lyoto Machida. Reality set in early in the second round when Machida landed a front kick to the chin of Couture that was very similar to the one that Anderson Silva KO’ed Vitor Belfort with at UFC 126. The favorite Machida cost a price of -325 and his performance made that line look like a bargain.
Benson Henderson showed MMA fans that he can compete with the best Lightweights in the UFC by winning a unanimous decision over Mark Bocek. The favorite Henderson was able to out-strike Bocek, and when he did find himself in trouble on the ground he was able to work his way out. Henderson showed he was a bargain at -125.