Interviewer and analyst Joe Rogan asked the 32-year-old, the longest-reigning UFC champion with 10 defenses since 2008, if he was announcing his retirement. "I have to go away for a little bit at least," St-Pierre said, cryptically. "I have personal things happening, and I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the UFC, which gave me the chance."
The judges had it as a split decision, all by 29-28 scores, and the right guy had his hand raised. It was Lawler's third straight win since his return to the UFC following a nine-year absence. "I've had a tough road, up and down," he said. "But I kept getting up, kept pushing forward. And that's what happened tonight."