As was reported last week, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will be defending his title against the man that has gone through hell and high water to fight him, Johny Hendricks. The title bout will go down as the main event of UFC 167 on November 16th from Las Vegas, a departure from St-Pierre’s recent title defenses in Canada.
Ariel Helwani confirmed the news and location on tonight’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” and later tweeted the reveal:
Report on @ufctonight: confirmed the TVA Sports report that Hendricks vs GSP is slated for Nov. 16 in Las Vegas.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 19, 2013
The official news will come as a great finding for Hendricks and his camp, who were beginning to think that GSP was ducking them after a long period of wondering whether St-Pierre would bypass the bout for a more lucrative super fight with Anderson Silva. But as talk of Silva-GSP cooled in favor of a possible Silva-Jon Jones throwdown, it became clear that Hendricks would finally have his day against the champ.
Just like many think that Chris Weidman is the toughest test that Anderson Silva will ever face, there are legions of fans that believe Hendricks to be the contender with the best chance to wrest the belt from GSP’s hands. Hendricks has proven he has the power to knock out top welterweights in a split second, and his wrestling is well documented as first class.
However, he appeared to wilt a bit in the last round of his exciting bout with Carlos Condit this March, and a bout against St-Pierre could easily go into deep water. His plan will most likely be to take the champ out early, but obviously that’s no easy task. Who’s your early pick to win this blockbuster title match that will shape the future at welterweight?