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Morning Report: Johny Hendricks lines up for Georges St-Pierre; Nick Diaz flirts with retirement, again

The potential for chaos loomed large over this past weekend. Despite the usually steady hand of Joe Silva, the chance for us to be sitting here marveling at a new wildcard of a UFC champion with no clear-cut contender to fight him was very real. But instead, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Georges St-Pierre is still the belt-holder, another dominant performance etched into the history books, and Johny Hendricks is still the No. 1 welterweight contender, albeit with perhaps the most impressive résumé of any challenger in the St-Pierre era. So let’s digest it all and get to some headlines. 6 MUST-READ STORIES St-Pierre handles Diaz. UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre dominated all five rounds against Nick Diaz to retain his belt in the main event of UFC 158. (Video.) The loss led Diaz to retire, if only briefly, before requesting a rematch or a duel with Anderson Silva. St-Pierre took the opportunity to advocate for more stringent drug testing in MMA, while UFC President Dana White claimed that the pay-per-view was already trending towards a monster buyrate. Nonetheless, not all of the pros were impressed with St-Pierre’s dominance, including a certain Bellator champion. Hendricks edges Condit. The risk paid off for Johny Hendricks, as the bearded four-time All American fought through a broken left hand to edge Carlos Condit in the electric co-main event of UFC 158. (Video.) Afterward an exuberant Hendricks called the win ‘amazing,’ and to the surprise of no one, Hendricks is now set to receive the next shot at St-Pierre’s belt. Rousey to coach TUF. UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will coach both women and men 135-pounders on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, opposite the winner of Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano. Ellenberger crushes Marquardt. Top-10 welterweight Jake Ellenberger knocked out former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt with a devastating right cross on the main card of UFC 158. (Video.) The performance earned Ellenberger a $50,000 ‘Knockout of the Night’ bonus, which the 27-year-old hopes put him one fight away from a UFC title shot. Estima, Diaz confrontation. According to a post on his Facebook account, Braulio Estima claims Nick Diaz shoved him when he tried to shake hands after UFC 158. Wrote Estima: Even Dana (White) came to (me) straight after and said thanks for not pushing back. Cro Cop wins K-1 GP. While it may have been controversial at times, Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic emerged victorious from the K-1 Grand Prix 2013, defeating Jarrell Miller, Pavel Zhuravlev, and Ismael Londt in succession to take the one-night tourney crown. MEDIA STEW Only with Nick Diaz would Dana White be able to start a post-fight scrum by waxing poetic about American tax laws. Truly one of a kind, that guy. He hits like a woman. He has his full-on range to separate and punch me, but he hits like a girl because he’s too scared to let go far enough to get a real punch in. — Nick Diaz, keeping it classy. Dana White’s announcement of Rousey coaching a co-ed TUF was a major story. But Joe Rogan’s live reaction to the news may have been even better. (HT: Reddit) Before anything went down on Saturday night, Nick Diaz had this behind-the-scenes conversation with a Canadian UFC public relations rep about the portrayal of his image, and somehow it got filmed. (HT: MiddleEasy) The debut episode of Bellator 360: Road to the Championships aired late last week, and whether or not you’ve been following this season’s tournaments, it’s definitely worth checking out. (Click to watch.) For the old-school fight fans, Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic’s K-1 Grand Prix final match against Ismael Londt. If the fight ended at 5:00, tears may have been shed. STILL CHAMP Hats off to #GSP for keeping his composure tonight #Champion ”” Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 17, 2013 Wrestling wins another one!! #saveolympicwrestling ”” Dan Henderson (@danhendo) March 17, 2013 Wow… Anyone looking to learn applicable wrestling to MMA… Take notes lol ”” Michael McDonald (@MaydayMcDonald) March 17, 2013 Nick Diaz seems to be peaking beautifully at 5:01 of each round #sarcasm ”” John Cholish (@JohnCholish) March 17, 2013 When GSP gets the TD it’s like watching a lifetime movie. You know how it’s going to play out, but you hope she can leave him somehow. ”” Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) March 17, 2013 I really wish knees to the head of a grounded opponent were allowed. It would change the whole sport and the strategy and games people play. ”” Aaron Riley (@aaronrileymma) March 17, 2013 NOT EVERYONE’S A FAN A fighter, who takes the fight to the ground, has one mission. The other has two! ”” Siyar The Great (@SiyarTheGreat) March 17, 2013 Dude gsp fricken stand and fight… boringgggggg ”” Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) March 17, 2013 I saw more viscous things happen at the youth wrestling tourney! ”” Ben Askren (@Benaskren) March 17, 2013 After tonight I am 100% sure I could beat GSP @dukerouf…

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