I really don't have a clue how anyone would have given that fight to GSP. It makes no sense that he was given the victory, imo.
Several points I want to address are that Hendricks overpowered GSP nearly the entire fight, clinching him against the cage and reversing him when GSP would attempt it against him. Hendricks was never even close to being hurt, much less phased by anything GSP did to him, and he was more aggressive than GSP. GSP's best strikes that landed throughout the fight were not significant at all in terms of effectiveness, imo. The hardest strike I think he landed was a flush headkick which Hendricks shook off and gave only an expression of irritation like a big brother. Hendricks beat the hell out of GSP and inflicted a great amount of damage to GSP's head, body, and thighs. I feel he won the first 4 rounds and would have only lost the 5th due to GSP getting 2 takedowns. I would even give him the 5th if it were only one. He kicked GSP's ass and was never pushed by him. The guy smiled, laughed, and taunted GSP through the fight was was talking to Yamasaki while defending himself under GSP. He stayed strong from beginning to end.
This isn't supposed to represent everything that happened during the fight but how I felt about it.
Round 1 - They both scored 1 takedown each. GSP attempted a weak guillotine. Hendricks landed much more significant and powerful strikes, and inflicted real damage.
Round 2 - Hendricks beat GSP up this round unlike anyone ever has before. It was undeniably Hendricks' round. He rocks GSP multiple times causing him to desperately stumble and attempt to defend himself. I think it was the biggest beating GSP's taken in any of the rounds he's ever lost. Hendricks was beastly in this round.
Round 3 - GSP may have outstruck Hendricks in this round, but none of his strikes slowed Hendricks down or seemed to do anything besides land. Although he landed less, Hendricks still landed hard punches and strikes in this round and then landed a takedown and some GNP.
Round 4 - GSP slips and Hendricks takes advantage, pouncing into his guard and ground and pounds him for a minute or so, landing some hard shots to the body and face, and then those nasty short elbows that really damaged GSP's head. Hendricks lets GSP up and lands more significant strikes on the feet as well.
Round 5 - The only thing GSP had going for him in this round was landing two takedowns and ending the round in a "submission attempt" with a Kimura (which Hendricks big-brothered himself out of one in the 3rd or 4th round.)
Hendricks should be the champion right now. Anyone else watch it lately?