UFC 129: Recap and Pick’em Results

Written By: AJ Hoffman

Georges St. Pierre did the same thing at UFC 129 that he always does. He won. Jake Shields faired better than most people expected, and he did some substantial damage to the eye of GSP. St. Pierre was able to keep the fight on the feet most of the time, and worked his way to a unanimous decision victory with scores of 50-45, 48-47 and 48-47. St. Pierre scored the occasional takedown, but preferred not to keep the fight on the mat. Both men looked like they had been in a fight when this one was done, but St. Pierre got the job done. Next up for him will likely either be a bout with Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz or a move up in weight class to take on middleweight king Anderson Silva.

Jose Aldo successfully defended his UFC featherweight title against Mark Hominick. Aldo was able to win the striking matchup, and took down Hominick nearly at will. Aldo beat Hominick up for four rounds, badly mousing his cheek and putting a billiard ball sized knot on his forehead. The last round put a scare into the champion, as Hominick got a takedown and landed good ground and pound from top position. It was too little, too late though. Judges scored the bout 48-45, 48-46 and 49-46 in favor of Aldo. Aldo’s next defense will likely come against undefeated Chad Mendes or former 155 lb. contender Kenny Florian.

The night also saw the end to the career of Randy Couture, who was knocked out in spectacular fashion by former 205 lb. champion Lyoto Machida. Machida looked very crisp, keeping Couture at a safe distance for most of the fight. Early in the second round Machida hit a hopping front kick to the jaw of Couture, dropping him in a heap. Couture told Joe Rogan afterwards that he was walking away from the octagon.

What was projected to be the most boring fight of the night turned out to have some fireworks as Vladimir Matyushenko put the lights out on Jason Brilz in 20 seconds. Matyushenko caught Brilz with an uppercut and a forearm smash before hammerfisting out the victory. The win was Matyushenko’s 4th in 5 fights this time around in the UFC.

The first televised fight on the pay per view saw Ben Henderson dominate Mark Bocek for three rounds. Bocek was badly cut in the second round. He threatened Henderson multiple times with submissions, but could never seal the deal. All three judges scored it 30-27 for the former WEC lightweight champion.

Other winners on the night were Rory MacDonald, Jake Ellenberger, Claude Patrick, Ivan Menjivar, Jason MacDonald, John Makdessi and Pablo Garza.

Quick Results

Preliminary card (Facebook)

  • Pablo Garza def. Yves Jabouin via submission in Rd 1
  • John Makdessi def. Kyle Watson via knockout in Rd 3
  • Jason MacDonald def. Ryan Jensen via submission in Rd 1
  • Ivan Menjivar def. Charlie Valencia via TKO in Rd 1
  • Claude Patrick def. Daniel Roberts via unanimous decision

Preliminary card (Spike TV)

  • Jake Ellenberger def. Sean Pierson via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:22
  • Rory MacDonald def. Nate Diaz via unanimous decision

Main Card (PPV)

  • Ben Henderson def. Mark Bocek via unanimous decision
  • Vladimir Matyushenko def. Jason Brilz via knockout in Rd 1
  • Lyoto Machida def. Randy Couture via knockout in Rd 2
  • Jose Aldo def. Mark Hominick via unanimous decision
  • Georges St-Pierre def. Jake Shields via unanimous decision

Awards (Each fighter earned $129,000 bonuses for each award below – Courtesy of mmajunkie.com)
Fight of the Night: Jose Aldo and Mark Honinick
Knockout of the Night: Lyoto Machida
Submission of the Night: Pablo Garza

Expert Picks Results

Here is a look at how our Houston MMA friends did picking the fights.  The chart below shows the final standing but only the individual picks for the main card. The last row reflects the TOTAL fan vote vs our panel.

St. Pierre
Expert Who Rd How Who Rd How Who Rd How Who Rd How Who Rd How
Ragan x x x x x x x x x 60
Sam x x x x 45
Mike x x x x x x 45
Eric x x x x x x 42
AJ x x x x 40
Barry x x x x x 40
Alex x x x x 33
Justin x x x 30
Chris x x 25
Rich x x x x x 25
FANS x x x


x x x 45

*INCLUDES QUICK PICKS   |    Scoring: Who (+5) Round (+2) How (+3)

Congratulations to Ragan for once again showing he might know a little bit about picking fights. He blasted the competition by 15 points, missing only two winner picks along the way. Outstanding job indeed Ragan, I’ll be sure and get your advice before I bet on UFC 130!

Fan Results

Congratulations to Rey Garza for winning it all this time around. Rey checked in with the second highest score of anyone IN HOUSTON! Take that H-town!

Rey will be invited to join us on our expert panel for UFC 130. Oh yeah, he also get a kick ass TCD beanie too! Congratulations Rey!

Thank you to all that played!

And now, here is the TOP 25 finishers in our UFC 129 Pick’em contest.

Place Player Total*
1 Rey Garza 57
2 Eric Garcia 55

C2theE 55
4 PolarBear 50

jordan v 50

Avimael Rivera 50

Ryan 50

MoneyMike 50
9 Eli 47
10 JoshMTZ 45

Chris Wisdon 45

Drew Ratichek 45

ray 45


GDO 45

Brad Awodu 45

Michael s. 45

Sly Fox 45
19 A. Criag 42

Marcel Woodard 42

Silverback David Armas 42

Beanie Campbell 42
23 Truth Jackson 40

Cody Phillips 40

Blaine McDaniel 40
BS 40

*INCLUDES QUICK PICKS   |    Scoring: Who (+5) Round (+2) How (+3)