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)
Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a right leg injury after crashing into the post against Boston.
The team’s leading scorer and one of the top players in the league, Stamkos was backchecking on a play late in the second period Monday when he got tied up with Boston defenceman Dougie Hamilton. The pair went into the net hard.
Stamkos immediately grabbed his right leg and was rolling on the ice in pain.
After a brief delay, a stretcher was brought out and he was taken off to loud applause. As he was carted off, he put both hands to his face in apparent pain. (Photos: Elise Amendola/The Associated Press)
Canadians are getting their first glimpse of the styles that the country’s Olympic athletes will be sporting in Sochi.
As always, the patriotic new designs flaunt Canada’s colours as well as black. The collection will feature “Canada” in a vintage classic wordmark as well as imagery of the polar bear, beaver and loon. (Photos: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)