The biggest news of the night, however, came after the fight when Dana White announced that Ronda Rousey would be one of the coaches for season 18 of the Ultimate Fighter. Huge news for Women’s MMA and an interesting twist to the reality series.
George and Kevin from Uncut Sports “weigh in” on the welterweight fights featured on the upcoming UFC 158 card.
Canadian Nick Ring might be one of the sleepers in the middles. His only loss was a decision to Tim Boetsch, he’s well rounded and can beat you several ways. However, his opponent Chris Camozzi is just as well rounded and on a three fight win streak. Expect a technical fight from these two.
Winner of this one, will face the winner of the GSP vs. Diaz fight, it’s pretty simple. Johny Hendricks is on fucking tear. He’s dropping welterweights like a bad habit, with knockouts over Kampmann, Fitch, Waldburger, and Brenneman in 4 of his last 7. I think he’s the scariest thing in this stacked welterweight class. Nonetheless, Carlos Condit is a very smart and methodical fighter. Condit needs to do exactly what he did to Diaz to beat Hendricks.
However, in my opinion Hendricks packs more power and can end it in one shot. If Hendricks quickly works his way to the inside, and avoids the leg kicks of Condit, he can win this fight. Vegas seems to think, that’s what will happen, and so do I.
Nick Ring became ill after UFC 154 weigh-ins and will be unable to compete against Constantinos Philippou. Information about Ring’s medical condition still remains to be a mystery but after the short notice cancellation, his opponent has also been scratched off the event which will take place tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
The pay-per-view broadcast will now feature a new lightweight match between Mark Bocek and Rafael dos Anjos. And a preliminary match between Antonio Carvalho and Rodrigo Damm that was originally scheduled as a live stream via Facebook will now be seen under the FX undercard broadcast.
Nick “The Promise” Ring is a 33 year old middleweight from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and has an impressive professional fight record of 13 wins and only one loss. His last fight was a win via unanimous decision against Court McGee at UFC 149 Faber versus Barao in July 2012. Before defeating McGee, he suffered his first loss against Tim Boetsch via unanimous decision at UFC 135 Jones versus Rampage in September 2011. He had a consistent record of 12 consecutive wins since he started his professional MMA career in February 2002. His current medical condition remains to be announced by his team.
On the other hand, Ring’s opponent, Constantinos Philippou is a 32 year old middleweight fighter from Merrick, New York, United States. He also has a superb record of 11 wins, 2 losses and 1 no contest in his professional MMA career. His match against Ring would have been a great opportunity to test his luck as he had 4 consecutive wins since August 2011 and has defeated impressive fighters like Riki Fukuda, Court McGee, Jared Hamman and Jorge Rivera.
As fans await reports regarding Ring’s medical condition, they also await the results of the headliner fight between Georges St. Pierre and Carlos Condit. St Pierre or “Rush” is a welterweight that is fresh from a long vacation since his win against Josh Koscheck in December 2011 via unanimous decision. Condit on the other hand has 5 consecutive wins against impressive fighters like Dan Hardy, Rory MacDonald, Jake Ellenberger and Nicky Diaz. This fight will prove once and for all who the interim welterweight belt belongs to.