Hendricks did not tap in the first round
Early in the first round of their fight Saturday night, GSP secured a front headlock, and was working towards an arm in guillotine. A number of fans thought they discerned Hendricks tapping out.
He didn’t. While the video may have glitchched for a moment, or someone tweaked the gif, or Hendricks may simply have been hesistating, it was defending, not tapping.
The submission was not in place to cause a submission, GSP released the hold only to continue what he considered a more effective striking attack, Hendricks continued defending seamlessly, and in short, it was not a tap.
Hendricks (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC), who ultimately suffered a controversial split-decision defeat to welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC), was reeling after Saturday’s pay-per-view event at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The challenger clearly thought he won – and nearly all cageside media members agreed – but ultimately St-Pierre claimed the victory via 47-48, 48-47 and 48-47 scores.