Georges lays down the law

JOSE RODRIGUEZ

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

LAS VEGAS -- Canada's French Connection ruled the cage here last night.

And after mopping the mat with with his opponent, Georges St. Pierre made an impassioned plead to Ultimate Fighting Championship brass to bring a fight to Canada.

"Please. Please. If you bring a fight to my country, my people will go crazy," he told the crowd to deafening applause from the large Canadian contingent on hand who had already witnessed Quebecer Patrick 'the Predator' Cote score a first round knockout.

St.Pierre, fresh from a title loss to 10-to-1 underdog Matt Serra put to rest questions about his mental strength as he beat Josh Koscheck in convincing fashion.

St. Pierre took Koscheck to the ground early and pounded him mercilessly in all three rounds scoring a unanimous decision.

It was a regenerated St. Pierre who chose to take the fight to the ground against a decorated college wrestler.

The other big story of the night featured the oldest champ in the sport defending his belt against a 28-year Brazilian challenger. Forty-four year old Randy Couture dominated the two-and-a-half rounds it took him to score a TKO over Gabriel Gonzaga.

Gonzaga seemed helpless to Couture's relentless attack though he managed to hit the champ with two thundering kicks to the head.

The heavyweight title match was scheduled for five rounds, but Couture only needed half that.

In his fight, Cote took a couple of whip like kicks to the ribs from 6-ft.-4 Kendall 'Spider' Grove, Cote responded with a right hook that dropped Grove to the mat.

Once on the ground, the 185 lb. Quebecer rained a flurry of punches on the lanky Hawaiian until the referee stepped in and called an end to the fight at 4:25 of the first round.

In earlier action, light heavyweights David Heath and Renato 'Babalu' Sobral took part in the bloodiest scrap of the night.

Sobral finally put the 195 pounder to sleep and drew boos from the crowd for continuing the chokehold after Heath had tapped out. Sobral told the crowd Heath had disrespected him earlier in the week and deserved to be taught a lesson. The boos grew louder.

Sports Illustrated poster boy Roger 'El Matador' Huerta punished Alberto Crane from the opening bell until half-way through the third round when the ref finally stepped in to stop the fight handing a TKO victory to Huerta.

Lightweight Clay Guida won by unanimous decision over Marcus Aurelio.

HIGH KICKS

Middleweight Ryan Jansen submitted to Thales Leites ... Former heavyweight champ Frank Mir forced a tap out from Antoni Hardonk ... Lightweights Joe 'Daddy' Stevenson and Kurt Pellegrino spent most of their fight on the ground and fought to a three round unanimous decision for Stevenson.


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