Three spectacular fights confirmed for UFC 158

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UFC 158
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
March 16, 2013

Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz (Welterweight title fight)
Johny Hendricks vs. Jake Ellenberger
Rory MacDonald vs. Carlos Condit
Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara

Tickets for UFC® 158: ST. PIERRE vs. DIAZ go on sale to the general public Saturday, January 19 at 10 a.m. ET.

Fresh off unifying the welterweight title in November following an 18-month absence due to injury, UFC® welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre returns to Montreal’s Bell Centre on March 16, 2013 to face former STRIKEFORCE® champion Nick Diaz. St-Pierre has scored 10 consecutive victories in his dominant reign atop the 170-pound division but no other opponent has motivated him as much as the fiery and unpredictable Diaz.

The always-diplomatic St-Pierre, 31, has defeated the likes of Carlos Condit, Matt Hughes (twice), Jon Fitch, BJ Penn (twice), Josh Koscheck (twice) and Jake Shields, but no other opponent has fueled him as much as the southpaw from Stockton, Calif. The pair was originally slated to meet at UFC® 137 but a series of events, including a St-Pierre knee injury, prevented the match up from ever taking place.

“There’s been a lot of talk about who I should fight next but this was really the only choice for me,” said St-Pierre. “He’s made it personal and I personally can’t wait.”

During his reign as STRIKEFORCE® welterweight champion, Nick Diaz defeated archrival KJ Noons and finished both Evangelista Santos and Paul Daley en route to becoming the organization’s best 170-pound fighter. He’s since returned to the UFC® with an impressive win over former two-time champion BJ Penn before an interim title loss to Carlos Condit and a year-long disciplinary suspension. Diaz now, though, gets the fight he’s so eagerly awaited.

“This is the fight I want,” Diaz said. “I want to go out there and beat Georges St-Pierre in Montreal and show that I’m the best welterweight in the world.”

In addition to St-Pierre-Diaz, four more of the UFC®’s top-10 welterweights will clash at the Bell Centre while one fighter gets a shot at redemption following a controversial disqualification loss at the same venue just four months removed.

With his recent dominating win over legend BJ Penn, Rory MacDonald looks to avenge his only career loss against former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit. The pair met at UFC® 115 in a bout that saw Condit come from behind and register a third-round TKO win with mere seconds remaining.

Not to be overshadowed, title-hungry Johny Hendricks, coming off his recent Montreal knockout win over welterweight Martin Kampmann, will be looking to cement his place as number one contender as he meets the always-dangerous Jake Ellenberger.

Adding to the evening action will be middleweight Alessio Sakara, who gets a shot at revenge against hometown favorite Patrick Côté. The pair met at UFC® 154 in Montreal in a bout that saw Sakara suffer a disqualification loss for landing multiple strikes to the back of Côté’s head.

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newjack900 site profile image  

12/17/12 7:10 PM by newjack900

If the latest FOX card has shown us anything.. it's that some cards original matchups can stay in tact for the most part.. hopefully that was a great segway into 2013 and more great cards to hold up.

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12/17/12 5:28 PM by adame09


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12/17/12 10:51 AM by prodigypenn

one of the most badass ufc event posters ever.

madmav site profile image  

12/17/12 3:42 AM by madmav

awesome.. so when diaz wins his first title defense will be in stockton..    =D   hide your gold chains fools..

stonepony site profile image  

12/17/12 3:21 AM by stonepony

Nick knocks GSP out?... You must think Benson lost and Nate got robbed. When is the last time Nick knocked out a top contender? Let alone the 2nd best fighter of all time. Daley is a pure boxer and completely off the radar.

myjawhurts site profile image  

12/16/12 11:32 PM by myjawhurts

As mentioned on another thread, someone is worried about nick fucking up, and gsp getting injured.....Main event will be Rory v Condit for the title. Watch this space. Great card tho if it goes ahead

TBidness site profile image  

12/16/12 5:29 PM by TBidness

This is a fantastic card so far, really looking forward to it.Ellenberger beats Hendricks, so there is that.I've been looking forward to a Diaz/GSP showdown, well, since the last debacle. Unfortunately GSP is going to Decision Diaz relatively easy, still should be a very intriguing fight especially leading up.Rory vs Condit is also pretty awesome, anything can happen in that one.TBidness

Thacommish site profile image  

12/16/12 5:08 PM by Thacommish

Seriously, remember when contenders fought other contenders coming off wins? seems like only yesterday...

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12/16/12 4:51 PM by A bag of ricin

That's funny^