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.