Welterweight No. 1 Contender to Be Named at UFC 158

Fans watching at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada will be witnesses as UFC announces its number 1 welterweight contender at UFC 158 on Saturday, March 16, 2012. UF 158 will be headlined by a welterweight explosion between Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz. St. Pierre will defend his welterweight title against former Strikeforce champ Diaz.

Dana White announced this news Thursday, in a pre-fight press conference. He mentioned that the winner of Match 11 between Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit will be hailed as the top contender at 170 pounds.

To review Hendricks’ and Condit’s stats to prepare for this nerve-wrecking decision; Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks is a 29 year old welterweight from Ada, Oklahoma, USA. He has a superb 14 wins and only one loss record for his professional MMA career. Bigg Rigg has been undefeated for 5 consecutive matches and his recent victory was over Martin Kampmann at UFC 154 headlined by St. Pierre versus Condit. He knocked out Kampmann before the first minute of round one and that happened in November 2012. Before this spectacular win, he won over Josh Kocheck at UFC on Fox 3 Diaz versus Miller via split decision in May 2012. Hendricks’ only loss was in the hands of Rick Story via unanimous decision in UFC The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale in December 2010. He has proved to be a fighter in perfect form ever since he started his career at Masters of the Cage, HRP, WEC and when he was in Xtreme Fighting League.

And as thrilling as his name sounds; Carlos “Natural Born Killer” Condit may be the fighter that will keep Hendricks’ from getting the number 1 slot. This 28 year old welterweight fighter is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. He has a 28 win and 6 losses record and his last fight was a loss against St. Pierre at the UFC 154 in November 2012 via unanimous decision. But before this fight, he enjoyed 5 consecutive wins since he won against Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 18 via split decision in September 2009. He has defeated so many great fighters like Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy, Dong Hyun Kim and Nick Diaz.

UFC 159 at the Bell Centre will also feature Jake Ellenberger versus Nate Marquardt, Chris Camozzi versus Nick Ring, Mike Ricci versus Colin Fletcher and Patrick Cote versus Bobby Voelker to name a few.

UFC 158: Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz

Kevin and George from Uncut Sports “weigh in” on the main event for the upcoming UFC 158 event.

This might be one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history, and it’s finally going to happen, well maybe I shouldn’t say that. If GSP can mimic what Condit did against Diaz, then he’ll win. Diaz punches in bunches, and sometimes that’s difficult to do against a man as athletic and quick as GSP.

Carlos Condit created a blueprint to beat Diaz, and Benson Henderson used that blueprint to beat Nick’s younger brother Nate. The Diaz brothers have incredible hands, but they don’t knock you out with one shot. They methodically chip away at your ass, until you fall down. If you can get in and out, you can avoid this. However, I think the Diaz camp will take a long look at what Condit did, and realize that GSP could easily follow that formula to victory. Don’t be surprise if Diaz lets it go to the ground and works for a submission.

Randy Couture signs deal with Spike TV for Bellator reality series

This season’s Ultimate Fighter featuring Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen has so far proved to be entertaining. Episode 2 aired Tuesday night, and featured the first quarterfinal matchup and the first fight since the 16 contenders for the TUF 17 entered the house.

Gilbert Smith of team Jones squared off against Luke Barnatt of team Sonnen. Many were puzzled by Jones choosing to put his number four pick up against the number one pick of Sonnen, including some of Smith’s teammates. In any case everybody’s doubts were correct when Barnatt scored a late KO of Smith in the second round of their match. Until that point, the fight was pretty much a draw, which can also raise the question, just how good is Sonnens number one pick. In any case Team Sonnen now has the advantage. On next week’s episode Chael Sonnen went with his No. 2 pick Uriah Hall to matchup against Team Jones’ No. 6 pick Adam Cella.

In other new UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture inked a mutil- year deal with Spike TV according to several media outlets. Couture will be a part of Bellators new reality based series that will be aired on Spike TV to fill the void for the departing TUF, Dana White obviously wasn’t happy about the decision. However, he was happy about Nick Diaz’s behavior in Montreal to promote his upcoming bout with GSP at UFC 158. White said Diaz, was cooperative, and even hung around to sign autographs for the fans.