Peeking over his shiny championship belt, Georges St-Pierre looked anything but a winner at the UFC 167 post-fight news conference.
His swollen forehead was covered with red welts like a horrific case of acne. There were cuts under both black eyes. His battered face looked like he had been in a car crash.
Moments after winning a controversial razor-thin split decision over No. 1 contender Johny (Bigg Rigg) Hendricks on Saturday night, the battered UFC welterweight champion hinted at retirement in cryptic post-fight comments in the cage — citing unexplained personal issues and the need to step away — before being transported to hospital.
UFC president Dana White was irate that two of the three judges had scored the fight 48-47 for the champion, giving him three of the five rounds and a split decision.
“It’s about damage. This is a fight. It’s whoever inflicts the most damage,” he said, “He [St-Pierre] got hurt, he got wobbled, he got dropped.
“Yeah, I’m blown away that Georges St-Pierre won that fight.” (Photos: Isaac Brekken/The Associated Press, Neil Davidson/The Canadian Press)