Georges St-Pierre has a friend in the Phantom Cam.
FOX Sports’ signature super slow-motion highlights of the UFC 167 main event between St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks shows hard, clean shots by GSP - some as hard, if not harder, than punches thrown by Hendricks.
Most people believe Hendricks should have left the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as the new UFC welterweight champion despite the judges ruling the fight a split decision for St-Pierre.
Slo-mo highlights are hardly a way to deduce who won a five-round fight, but looking at the faces of the competitors - GSP’s was a disaster; Hendricks’ unmarked – is also an exercise in futility
If anything, the Phantom Cam shows the bout wasn’t a complete rout. Hendricks landed some bombs on GSP’s chin, but St-Pierre gave it right back at times – especially in the third and fifth rounds, which he unequivocally won.
Could this the work of some clever editing? Perhaps. But either way, it’s pretty damn cool to see the anatomy of the blows.
The Phantom Cam also displays some explosive boxing from Robbie Lawler, including the nasty left hook that dropped Rory MacDonald in their welterweight bout.
The strike of the night, though, probably went to Tyron Woodley, who absolutely destroyed Josh Koscheck with a right hook - and it looks even more impressive on the Phantom Cam. Erik ‘Goyito’ Perez is the runner-up with his devastating left hook-overhand right combination that sent Edwin Figueroa crashing to the canvas.