A new welterweight No. 1 contender will be named this Saturday at
UFC President Dana White announced the news Thursday during a
pre-fight press conference, revealing that the winner of Johny
Hendricks’ showdown with Carlos
Condit will be regarded as the top contender at 170 pounds.
158 takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal and is headlined
by Georges St.
Pierre’s welterweight title defense against former Strikeforce
Hendricks, 29, has won five straight fights since suffering the
lone loss of his career to Rick Story in
2010. “Bigg Rigg” fought twice last year, taking a split decision
from former title contender Josh
Koscheck before knocking out well-rounded Dane Martin
Kampmann in just 46 seconds at UFC 154.
Condit, 28, was initially supposed to rematch Rory
MacDonald at UFC 158 but was later paired with Hendricks after
“Ares” withdrew due to injury. Condit saw a five-fight winning
streak snapped in his last outing, as “The Natural Born Killer”
came up short in his bid to wrest the title from around the waist
of St. Pierre last November.