Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of UFC 124, world welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre soundly defeated challenger Josh Koscheck via a dominant unanimous decision. In the first round, St. Pierre kept his opponent at bay with a devastatingly effective jab, and right hands from the champion hurt the challenger on numerous occasions. The champion continued his straight-punch onslaught throughout the second and the right eye of Koscheck swelled shut quickly. In round three and four the peppering continued and the fight rarely went to the mat. The final round saw St. Pierre score a takedown and hammer Koscheck repeatedly with left hooks and jabs. All three judges scored the bout the same, 50-45 in favor the champion.
In the co-main event of the evening 6’11 Stefan Struve defeated 6’7 Sean McCorkle via TKO at 3:55 of the opening period.
In a crossroads lightweight bout savvy veteran Jim Miller put a stop to the momentum of his previously unbeaten opponent Charles Oliveira just 1:59 into the first round with a tight kneebar.
In a lightweight contest of former TUF champions, Mac Danzig scored a spectacular one punch knockout over Joe “Daddy” Stevenson just 1:54 into round one.
In what could have been his most impressive victory yet, former welterweight contender Thiago “Pitbull” Alves used piercing leg kicks and unending pressure to earn a unanimous decision over fellow banger John “Doomsday” Howard. Scores all read the same, 30-27. In a battle of middleweight veterans Dan Miller earned a workman-like split decision over Canadian Joe Doerksen. Scorecards read 29-28 twice in favor or Miller and 29-28 once in favor of Doerksen. Lightweight Mark Bocek scored the biggest win of his promising UFC career by submitting for welterweight standout Dustin Hazlett with an armbar just 2:33 into the first round. Following a competitive contest and some confusion, it was announced that Jesse Bongfeldt and Rafael Natal battled to a majority draw. Scorecards read 28-28 on two occasions and 29-28 once in favor of Natal. In an exciting striking contest Sean Pierson defeated former TUF star Matt Riddle via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout the same, 30-27. Middleweight jiu jitsu black belt Ricardo Almeida easily outpointed TJ Grant over three measured rounds. Scorecards all read the same, 30-27, in favor of the Brazilian.