The UFC's grand plans became obvious midway through the third round of Saturday night's five-round welterweight title fight at UFC 154.
As interim titleholder Carlos Condit was struggling mightily, valiantly, and ultimately in vain to spoil UFC legend Georges St-Pierre's comeback from a 1 ½-year layoff due to injury, a small screen popped up within the big screens at the Bell Centre. As the big screens broadcast St-Pierre overcoming Condit's best moment of the night - a kick to St-Pierre's head early in the third round that floored the UFC legend - the pop-up screen showed middleweight champ Anderson Silva in the crowd, cheering on St-Pierre.
And for the rest of the fight, as St-Pierre dominated the bloodied Condit, there was Silva, his presence shadowing every move in the electric main event at UFC 154.
Yes, St-Pierre sparkled on Saturday night against Condit. Condit was a warrior, bloodied as if he were in a horror movie, absorbing blow after blow while landing a few of his own...