UFC 167 Preview: Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

UFC 167 takes place November 16, 2013 from Las Vegas, NV. The main event is a welterweight championship fight between current champion and MMA legend, Georges St. Pierre, and the number one welterweight contender, Johny Hendricks.

UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs Hendricks

George St. Pierre is one of the best pound-for-pound MMA fighters in the world. He has held the UFC welterweight championship belt since 2007. St. Pierre has taken on and beaten some of the best welterweight fighters in the world, including Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Nick Diaz, Jake Shields, Carlos Condit, Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, Josh Koscheck, Matt Serra, and Sean Sherk. His last fight was at UFC 158 where he won a unanimous decision victory over Nate Diaz. Will St. Pierre’s dominance continue or will Hendricks finally be the one to end GSP’s reign?

Georges St. Pierre Highlights

UFC 167: GSP Pre-Fight Interview

Johny Hendricks is being considered by many to be the greatest threat to GSP’s throne. Entering the UFC in 2009, Hendricks has a near spotless fight record, with only one loss to Rick Story by unanimous decision in 2010. Since that one loss, Hendricks has been nothing but spectacular, defeating all 6 of his last opponents.

He has outstanding wrestling skills, but has shown supreme knockout power by stopping Jon Fitch, Martin Kampmann, TJ Waldburger, Charlie Brenneman, and Amir Sadollah in the first or second round. Are Hendricks wrestling skills enough to deal with GSP’s power takedowns, and will Hendricks be able to use his stand up to land a shot that could take out GSP? We will have those answers at UFC 167.

Johny Hendricks Highlights

UFC 167: Johny Hendricks Pre-Fight Interview

UFC 167 has an extremely stacked card, featuring some of the most exciting fighters in the UFC. The co-main event is a light heavyweight bout between Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans. In the welterweight division, rising star Rory Macdonald takes on hard hitting Robbie Lawler. Also in the welterweight division, Josh Koscheck returns to face Tyron Woodley. In the flyweight division Tim Elliot takes on Ali Bagautinov.

UFC 167 on PPV: Extended Preview

Universal Combat Championship Returns Next Thursday With UCC5: Unleashed

Universal Combat Championship Returns Next Thursday With UCC5: Unleashed

Next Thursday at the Teaneck Armory Arena, Universal Combat Championship returns with its first show of the year. UCC5: Unleashed will feature some of the fastest growing stars in MMA—including fighters from the UFC, Bellator and past WEC champions.

Since their launch in 2008, the UCC has quickly grown into the one of the most prevalent MMA organizations in the Northeast.

“I think outside of making the shows a success to continue with more shows, we strive to build relationships with fight teams, coaches and fighters to help our organization grow,” said Chris Sblendorio, President of the UCC. “So far we have put 10-12 guys in the UFC, and we continue on putting together matchups that fans want to see.”

UCC5: Unleashed promised to deliver the action and excitement MMA fans yearn for.

Headlining the main event of the evening is a matchup between Kenny Foster and Maratbek Kalabekov. Foster was a featherweight semifinalist for Bellator, and Maratbek is a seasoned BJJ practitioner who has 11 submissions in 14 wins.

The complete fight card (subject to change) is as follows:

Kevin Horowitz vs Joshua Key
Thiago Carfi vs Dwayne Holman
Daniel Carbonel vs Zech Lange
Kundo Kundo vs Garett Moldoff
Yusuf Yoldas vs Darrius Heyliger
Jarrell Miller vs J.A Dudley
Darren Goodall vs Maykon Santos
Mike Stewart vs Erick Tavares

Going forward in 2012 the UCC will be active through the remainder of the summer and into the fall.

“We are looking to put on two more shows in the fall; one in early October and the other in late November,” said Sblendorio. “Right now we are also putting together a 3-fight tournament which will take place toward the end of the summer. It is going to be called the “Iron Bound Challenge”, and will only be for up-and-coming fighters with 3 pro fights or less. There will be four different weight classes, and the winner of each class will receive $5,000.”

Sblendorio added that all of the three events through the summer and fall will be held in Newark.

UCC5: Unleashed will take place next Thursday, June 28 at the Teaneck Armory Arena in Teaneck, NJ. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the first fight commencing at 8.