Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre bypassed a super fight. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder Georges St. Pierre will defend his crown against Johny Hendricks in the UFC 167 main event on Nov. 16 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. St. Pierre sidestepped a blockbuster bout with middleweight champion Anderson Silva in favor of a matchup with the bearded Oklahoman, drawing some criticism from UFC President Dana White.
“It’s a big fight; it’s a legacy fight,” White told MMAWeekly.com. “It’s a fight for the pound-for-pound best in the world. What’s crazy to me is GSP opted to take a very dangerous fight [against Hendricks] at 170 [pounds] without trying to take a dangerous fight [against Silva] at 185.”
St. Pierre has maintained a stranglehold on the UFC welterweight division since April 19, 2008. The 32-year-old French Canadian has rattled off 11 consecutive victories, the last six of them five-round decisions. St. Pierre last appeared at UFC 158 in March, when he cruised to a unanimous verdict over former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Hendricks was a four-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State University, where he won two national titles. Backed by that wrestling pedigree and a devastating left hand, the 29-year-old Team Takedown representative will enter the cage on a six-fight winning streak, having emerged as the clear No. 1 contender at 170 pounds.
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