The main draw of UFC 158 was the much-anticipated bout between welterweight contender Nick Diaz and champion Georges St. Pierre. There was a lot of trash talking coming from the mouth of Diaz leading up to this fight which took place in Montreal — practically GSP’s own backyard. There was some speculation going into this fight that GSP would be thrown off his usual plan of attack since there was so much bad blood between the champ and Nick Diaz. However, GSP did not appear to be concerned with the talk coming from Diaz and took control of the fight right away.
GSP was able to dominate the fight during the first three rounds, consistently taking Diaz down to the canvas where he would lean on Diaz and rain down punches from above. Diaz was able to free himself on occasion and get back to his feet. However, GSP used his jab to keep Diaz from doing much harm while the two exchanged blows. Diaz was able to recover somewhat during the fourth and fifth rounds of the fight. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done and it was too late. GSP did not seem to have his A game on this night, but was still able to defeat Diaz by winning all five rounds in a unanimous decision.
Other fights on the card from UFC 158 included: Carlos Condit vs. Johnny Hendricks in a welterweight match up which Hendricks won by a unanimous decision, Jake Ellenberger vs. Nate Marquardt in another welterweight bout which Ellenberger won by way of knockout, Chris Camozzi who defeated Nick Ring in a split decision in the middleweight division, and Mike Ricci beating Collin Fletcher in a unanimous decision in a lightweight bout.
The preliminary card featured: Patrick Cote beating Bobby Voelker by way of a unanimous decision in a welterweight fight, a featherweight match between Darren Elkins who defeated Antonio Carvalho via TKO, Rick Story defeating Quinn Mulhern via TKO in a welterweight bout, a bantamweight contest between T. J. Dillashaw who beat Issei Tamura with a knockout, and George Roop beating Reuben Duran in a unanimous decision.
However, none of these matches had the storyline that the GSP and Diaz bout did. The other match ups will surely be remembered as relatively insignificant. UFC 158 will always be thought of as the time GSP was finally able to shut Diaz’s mouth by dominating him inside the octagon.