|UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||April 30, 2011|
The event was the sixth that the UFC has hosted in Canada and the first mixed martial arts event in Ontario since the sport was legalized in the province in August 2010. The Toronto event was originally titled UFC 131 by the promotion, but later changed to UFC 129 as its early 2011 schedule started to fall more firmly into place.
It was the largest UFC event in North American history and coincided with a two-day UFC Fan Expo at the Direct Energy Centre. UFC officials had originally planned for the Rogers Centre to be configured to hold 42,000 fans for UFC 129. The UFC put those tickets on sale to UFC Fight Club members in a special pre-sale on February 10, 2011, selling nearly all of them. They released and sold more tickets the following day to UFC newsletter subscribers in a second special pre-sale. UFC 129 then sold out when tickets went on sale to the general public on February 12, with officials scrambling to up the number of seats to 55,000. Selling out all 55,000 tickets for gate revenues exceeding $11 million, the event shatters both MMA attendance and gate records in North America.
In a conference call for UFC: Fight For The Troops 2 in January 2011, Dana White confirmed that UFC Featherweight Champion José Aldo would defend his title against Mark Hominick on this card, provided that Hominick defeated George Roop. White also stated that, regardless of the outcome of the Hominick/Roop fight, Aldo would still defend his Featherweight Championship at this event. Hominick defeated Roop, via first round TKO, to confirm his place as no. 1 contender, and solidify the bout with Aldo. After the bout, judge Doug Crosby made a mistake scoring the 5th round 10–8 in favor of Jose Aldo instead of Mark Hominick, making the final tally 50–43 for Aldo. A correction was made after the bout, and the correct score was 48–45 in favor of Aldo.
On February 11, it was announced that Matt Hamill will no longer fight Phil Davis at this event and will instead fight Quinton Jackson at UFC 130. In a Twitter post, Davis said he was "sorry the fight had been removed from the website, and would be fighting in Toronto regardless." Davis was expected to face Jason Brilz until Tito Ortiz had to pull out of his UFC Fight Night: Seattle fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Davis headlined that event against Nogueira, while Brilz is now expected to fight Vladimir Matyushenko at this event.
Brian Foster was expected to face Sean Pierson at this event, but Foster was forced out of the bout after a pre-fight MRI scan showed that Foster had a brain hemorrhage, and was replaced by Jake Ellenberger.
On February 27, 2011, it was revealed that two of the preliminary bouts would air on a Sportsnet card. These bouts aired at a new time of 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT, as the UFC announced on March 5, 2011, that UFC 129 would be the first PPV to air live at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT.
On April 19, 2011, it was revealed that two of the preliminary bouts would air on a Facebook card. However on April 21, the UFC instead announced that all of the prelims (except the two fights airing on Spike) would be on the Facebook stream.
Preliminary card (Facebook)
- Garza defeated Jabouin via submission (flying triangle choke) at 4:31 of round 1. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Matyushenko vs. Brilz fight.
- Makdessi defeated Watson via KO (spinning back fist) at 1:27 of round 3. This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the St. Pierre vs. Shields fight.
- MacDonald defeated Jensen via submission (triangle choke) at 1:37 of round 1. This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the Diaz vs. MacDonald fight.
- Menjivar defeated Valencia via TKO (elbow and punches) at 1:30 of round 1. This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the Ellenberger vs. Pierson fight. This bout also aired on the PPV broadcast following the Couture vs. Machida fight.
- Patrick defeated Roberts via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).
Preliminary card (televised)
- Ellenberger defeated Pierson via KO (punches) at 2:42 of round 1.
- MacDonald defeated Diaz via unanimous decision (30–26, 30–27, 30–26).
- Henderson defeated Bocek via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
- Matyushenko defeated Brilz via TKO (punches) at 0:20 of round 1.
- Machida defeated Couture via KO (flying crane kick) at 1:05 of round 2.
- Aldo defeated Hominick via unanimous decision (48–45, 48–46, 49–46) to retain the UFC Featherweight Championship.
- St-Pierre defeated Shields via unanimous decision (50–45, 48–47, 48–47) to retain the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Fighters were awarded $129,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick
- Knockout of the Night: Lyoto Machida
- Submission of the Night: Pablo Garza
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