A new welterweight No. 1 contender will be named this Saturday at UFC 158.

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. UFC 158 takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal and is headlined by Georges St. Pierre’s welterweight title defense against former Strikeforce ruler Nick Diaz.

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.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC co-founder Bob Meyrowitz named to 2016 UFC Hall class

  • 29 days ago
  • 0 views

Nearly 23 years after helping to create the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Pay-Per-View pioneer Bob Meyrowitz will take his rightful place among legends as he will be inducted in the 2016 UFC Hall o read news >>

UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping Pre-Fight Press Conference Video Replay

  • 28 days ago
  • 9 views

Watch the replay of the UFC 199 pre-fight press conference. Dana White tried to hold things together as the main and co-main event fighters lobbed verbal bombs. read news >>

Dana White Unsure If He Can Sign McGregor-Diaz Rematch, Conor 'Obsessed'

  • 28 days ago
  • 12 views

Dana White is hard at work trying to land Conor McGregor his rematch against Nate Diaz, but the UFC president isn’t sure if he can get the pen to paper. White appeared on SportsCenter and The Herd wi read news >>

Ronda Rousey's Return Possibly Pushed Back to 2017, Says Dana White

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

The question of "When will Ronda Rousey return?" keeps getting more and more complicated. Speaking with Cari Champion on ESPN's SportsCenter (h/t MMAFighting.com for the transcription), UFC President read news >>

Dana White Declares Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz in Jeopardy, Might Have to Move On

  • 28 days ago
  • 21 views

Dana White on Thursday admitted that, with Nate Diaz negotiations stalling out, Conor McGregor may have to move on from his desire for a rematch. read news >>

Ronda Rousey Undergoes Surgery, Might Not Make UFC Return Until 2017

  • 28 days ago
  • 33 views

Ronda Rousey underwent surgery on Wednesday, which UFC president Dana White said could delay her return until 2017. read news >>

Dana White Talks About Problems in Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz Negotiations

  • 27 days ago
  • 530 views

UFC President Dana White has had some problems negotiating recently with two of the UFC's biggest fighters. UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, perhaps the most famous fighter in MMA today, se read news >>

Nick Barnes Ready to Make a Splash at RFA 38 in Front of UFC President Dana White

  • 27 days ago
  • 5 views

Nick Barnes tends to rise to the occasion. That's something he intends to do with UFC president Dana White in attendance at RFA 38 on Friday night. read news >>

VIDEO: UFC President Dana White Weighs in on the Passing of Muhammad Ali

  • 26 days ago
  • 156 views

Following the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali on Friday, UFC president Dana White talked about the man that changed the face of combat sports. read news >>

Watch Nate Diaz Hit Dana White with the ‘Stockton Slap’

  • 25 days ago
  • 28 views

Well, looks like Dana White and Nate Diaz are getting along. So much that Dana's letting Nate smack that hell out of him. read news >>