The Striking Truth with Georges St. Pierre

This documentary produced by James Hergott, directed by Steven J. Wong and 3D action directed by Bobby Razak involved around Ultimate Fighting champion Georges St. Pierre and MMA fighter David “The Crow” Loiseau.   “The Striking Truth” follows both of these men over a period of four years, beginning with a fight between the US and Canada where David Loiseau fought for the championship against Rich Franklin followed by another event where St. Pierre was against BJ Penn. The film follows both of their careers with the help of exclusive training scenes, behind the scene events, as well as the help of 3D renderings to showcase the fighting styles of both champions.

“The Striking Truth” hitches off  with George St. Pierre showing his home in 2006 before getting into the grit and sweat of gym training life along with the background themed music that drives most emotions in films such as these.  The rise of these two Canadian stars tells the story of their triumphs, defeats, and the various struggles they endured while attempting to participate in this strenuous sport which demands very tough physical and mental prowess.  The stories told of these two men are compelling tales in it, bringing to the forefront of Pierre’s quiet life on a farm and Loiseau’s Haitian upbringing into their transformations as the fighting stars they are known today.

Steven Wong directs the documentary with varying degrees of symbolism, in one scene, George St. Pierre is seen playing a game of chess with the black King clattering down upon the board in a dramatic statement of rise and fall while on other occasions, the two men could be seen jogging along the same path until they meet a split in the trail, whereupon the two men then run their separate chosen ways.

Wong had to improvise on many occasions; the documentary was not officially authorized by the UFC so during great moments in both of the fighter’s careers, instead of shots of the actual events and fights, narration and 3D compilations were used as a substitute.

The film delivers some personal vinaigrette between the two men for in George St. Pierre’s case; he talks about how it is very dishonorable for one’s self to plan their future with goals that are subpar from their potential. In his view the greatest reward that one can take is beating the odds, and standing proud that one’s accomplishments were made from what was deemed as the impossible.

In David Loiseau’s story, his loss to Rich Franklyn was a very low point in his life that made him question his confidence as well as his skill as a fighting champion.   Viewers will leave with the impression that Loiseau never got over that loss but despite it, the next few days after, he was back in the gym training some more.  This is the ongoing story of both fighters, and the recurring theme that propels the narrative in a way that most sports fans will admire and take away something positive after they watch this film.

The Striking Truth”  although not officially backed by the UFC, does a great job from the mind of  Stephen Wong at showcasing the internal struggles and hardships the sport has on its players through St. Pierre and David Loiseau wins, losses, and never ending determination.  The fans of the UFC will not be disappointed when they view this film and I am sure even if you aren’t a fan, anyone can take some form of an inspiration from watching the stories of these two fighters.

UFC 167 Results: Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks Results and Post Fight Press Conference

UFC 167 took place on November 16, 2013 from Las Vegas, NV. The main event was a welterweight championship fight between the champion, long time veteran Georges St. Pierre, and the challenger, dynamic up-and-comer Johny Hendricks.

Official UFC 167 Weigh Ins

UFC 167 Post Fight Press Conference

Round 1: Both fighters come out and touch gloves in the center. St. Pierre throws a quick leg kick and jab. Hendricks throws a strong left hand and St. Pierre ducks under and gets a takedown. They both roll and St. Pierre gets a guillotine choke for a split second. Hendricks gets out and they stand in the clinch. They knee each other’s legs repeatedly then Hendricks works GSP over into the cage. After several knee strikes the ref separates them and they restart in the center.

GSP gets a hold of one of Hendricks legs looking for a takedown. Hendricks hits GSP with a couple of strong shots, and GSP works him into the cage. GSP drops down while holding Hendricks up against the cage, getting into a better position for a takedown. Hendricks drops some solid elbows to the side of his head and GSP stands back up. Hendricks is able to flip GSP around and take him down. Hendricks works him against the cage for a moment, then they separate.

GSP starts trying to establish some offense, throwing jabs and kicks. Hendricks rushes forward attempting some strong punches. GSP is able to dodge his attack. GSP throws a head kick that lands slightly on Hendricks head, but he takes it and shakes it off. GSP has some slight swelling above his eye, and the round ends with them in the center.

Round 2: They meet in the center again and touch gloves. GSP immediately starts with a quick jab and leg kick. GSP opens up with several jabs and kicks in a row, while Hendricks constantly moves forward. Hendricks catches GSP with a left that staggers him. Hendricks moves in and lands a solid left, right combo that stuns GSP even more. GSP holds on to Hendricks, giving himself several seconds to recover. The ref separates them briefly to get Hendricks mouthpiece back in. Hendricks swarms GSP again, landing a couple hard punches that wobble GSP again.

Hendricks drops down looking for a takedown. GSP holds onto him enough to recover and break away. They face off once again in the center. The action is back and forth with both fighters throwing and landing punches, kicks, and knees. Hendricks looks unphased with GSP’s striking and he drops his hands and continuously moves forward. GSP face looks a little worn for just the 2nd round.

They continuously trade strikes for the remaining 2 minutes of the round, with neither fighter landing anything too damaging. The round ends with both fighters clinching in the center.

Round 3: They both touch gloves again in the center and continue where they left off in round 2. GSP opens up with a solid jab that he lands over and over. Hendricks counters several times, landing a couple jabs and one or two knees to the body. GSP seems really comfortable with his striking and is landing more frequently between the two. Hendricks is not landing as much, but is constantly throwing counter punches after GSP’s attacks.

Hendricks seems to be the fresher of the two, but GSP is the busier fighter. GSP is landing the jab over and over again, but Hendricks just takes it and walks forward. GSP’s face tells another story as it is all busted up, swelled and bruised. Hendricks seems to have slowed down slightly, but continues throwing shots. Hendricks ducks under one of GSP’s punches and drops down for a takedown. He works GSP back into the cage and holds him there for several seconds. He completes the takedown and gets into top position, landing several hammer fists to GSP’s head. GSP tries to land some punches from the bottom, but they don’t do much damage. GSP holds Hendricks neck trying to control his posture. Hendricks lands a couple more shots, then GSP is able to scramble to his feet with only 10 seconds left. The round ends with Hendricks holding GSP against the cage.

Round 4: They touch in the center once again and they continue the action, with GSP initiating the strikes. He starts throwing the jab, landing it several times. Hendricks circles, ducks, and blocks them, but several still get through. Hendricks rushes forward throwing several hard shots. GSP ducks and his momentum causes him to fall backward. Hendricks gets into top position and tries to establish some ground and pound.

GSP does a good job of defending from the bottom, controlling Hendricks posture. Hendricks still continues to work, landing an elbow and a punch. Hendricks is not doing too much damage from the top position, but continues to work. He throws punches to the body but not hard shots. He finally allows GSP to stand, and GSP’s face is now streaming blood down his face. They circle each other and GSP continues to launch his attack of kicks and jabs.

Hendricks rushes forward several times throwing some hard punches. Most of them miss but a couple land. GSP gets a hold of Hendricks and walks him into the cage. Hendricks immediately reverses it and gets GSP against the cage. Hendricks drops down looking for a takedown. GSP defends, and both men tussle back and forth looking for a takedown. GSP gets Hendricks back against the cage and holds him there briefly. Hendricks lands a knee to the thigh and reverses the position once again. The round ends with Hendricks holding GSP against the cage.

Round 5:  They touch for the final time in the center. GSP immediately opens up with jabs, kicks, and a takedown attempt. GSP works Hendricks up against the cage for a moment, but Hendricks is able to once again reverse it. They separate and GSP throws a high kick and takes Hendricks down. He presses Hendricks back against the cage but Hendricks reverses it yet again.

GSP reverses the position, then seconds later Hendricks reverses it. The ref separates the two and they face off in the center. GSP moves forward throwing kicks and jabs, even though his face is swollen, cut, and bleeding. GSP attempts a strong one, two punch combo, then drops down for a takedown attempt. Hendricks does a good job of defending the takedown, keeping GSP from completing it for several seconds.

GSP continues to work for the takedown with only a minute left in the fight. He holds Hendricks leg in the air, working hard to get a final takedown. GSP is finally able to get Hendricks down and quickly works to try and take his back. Hendricks is able to stand back up and GSP works him back into the cage, still holding his waist. GSP drops down slightly, grabbing Hendricks legs for another takedown. Hendricks is defending well and GSP stands back to his feet. Hendricks is able to grab GSP and reverse the position, putting GSP against the cage. Hendricks drops down looking to get a takedown, but GSP gets one of his arms for a possible submission. With only seconds left in the fight, neither man is able to advance their position, and the round ends.

After deliberating briefly, the judges awarded the decision to GSP. Georges St Pierre defeats Johny Hendricks by unanimous decision and remains the UFC welterweight champion.

Watch The Replay: UFC 167

St Pierre Post Fight Interview

Johny Hendricks Post Fight Interview

Dana White Post Fight Scrum Interview

UFC 167 Main Card Results

Rashad Evans defeats Chael Sonnen by TKO in round 1.

Robbie Lawler defeats Rory Macdonald by unanimous decision.

Tyron Woodley stopped Josh Koscheck by KO in round 1.

Ali Baugautinov won a unanimous decision victory over Tim Elliot.


UFC 167 Preview: Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

UFC 167 takes place November 16, 2013 from Las Vegas, NV. The main event is a welterweight championship fight between current champion and MMA legend, Georges St. Pierre, and the number one welterweight contender, Johny Hendricks.

UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs Hendricks

George St. Pierre is one of the best pound-for-pound MMA fighters in the world. He has held the UFC welterweight championship belt since 2007. St. Pierre has taken on and beaten some of the best welterweight fighters in the world, including Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Nick Diaz, Jake Shields, Carlos Condit, Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, Josh Koscheck, Matt Serra, and Sean Sherk. His last fight was at UFC 158 where he won a unanimous decision victory over Nate Diaz. Will St. Pierre’s dominance continue or will Hendricks finally be the one to end GSP’s reign?

Georges St. Pierre Highlights

UFC 167: GSP Pre-Fight Interview

Johny Hendricks is being considered by many to be the greatest threat to GSP’s throne. Entering the UFC in 2009, Hendricks has a near spotless fight record, with only one loss to Rick Story by unanimous decision in 2010. Since that one loss, Hendricks has been nothing but spectacular, defeating all 6 of his last opponents.

He has outstanding wrestling skills, but has shown supreme knockout power by stopping Jon Fitch, Martin Kampmann, TJ Waldburger, Charlie Brenneman, and Amir Sadollah in the first or second round. Are Hendricks wrestling skills enough to deal with GSP’s power takedowns, and will Hendricks be able to use his stand up to land a shot that could take out GSP? We will have those answers at UFC 167.

Johny Hendricks Highlights

UFC 167: Johny Hendricks Pre-Fight Interview

UFC 167 has an extremely stacked card, featuring some of the most exciting fighters in the UFC. The co-main event is a light heavyweight bout between Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans. In the welterweight division, rising star Rory Macdonald takes on hard hitting Robbie Lawler. Also in the welterweight division, Josh Koscheck returns to face Tyron Woodley. In the flyweight division Tim Elliot takes on Ali Bagautinov.

UFC 167 on PPV: Extended Preview