WINNIPEG – The long-awaited title fight between welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (24-2 MMA, 18-2 UFC) and challenger Johny Hendricks (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) is likely to take place in November in Las Vegas, possibly as UFC 167.
UFC President Dana White today confirmed the tentative plans at UFC 161's open workouts in Winnipeg.
An exact date and venue for the pay-per-view event haven’t been determined, and the event number could change depending on how the rest of the UFC’s fall schedule shapes up. However, Nov. 17 is the most likely date.
St-Pierre currently is ranked No. 1 and Hendricks No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA welterweight rankings. Additionally, St-Pierre is No. 3 and Hendricks No. 10 in the pound-for-pound rankings.
Hendricks has been gunning for the title shot for nearly two years now.
The challenger beat Carlos Condit in March at UFC 158 and immediately was promised the next title shot. On the same card, St-Pierre beat Nick Diaz in the main event in his home city of Montreal. Diaz had jumped ahead of Hendricks in line for the shot at the longtime champ despite coming back from a yearlong suspension and a loss to Condit in his previous outing.
Hendricks now has won six straight bouts, which includes impressive first-round knockouts of Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann.
St-Pierre, meanwhile, has defended his title eight consecutive times. His win over Diaz came after a long layoff due to a knee injury and subsequent surgery.
Although St-Pierre is frequently used as a headliner for Canadian cards, White said he wanted to bring the popular French-Canadian fighter to Sin City for his next bout. It appears it’ll now come to fruition.
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(Pictured: Georges St-Pierre)