Pierre’s upcoming welterweight title defense against Johny
Hendricks will take place Nov. 16, promotion officials
announced Tuesday during “UFC Tonight” on Fuel TV.
The 170-pound clash will headline the show, which is expected to
UFC 167. Though a venue has not yet been announced for the
event, it is slated to take place in Las Vegas and air live on
St. Pierre, 32, has long been regarded as one of the sports best
pound-for-pound talents. “Rush” has won 11 straight fights heading
into the ninth title defense of his current reign. The Quebec
native returned from a torn ACL last year to best interim titlist
Condit before doing the same to Nick Diaz on
March 16, taking a unanimous decision from the former Strikeforce
king at UFC 158.
Hendricks, meanwhile, has won six straight fights heading into his
first shot at the welterweight crown. “Bigg Rigg” has beaten some
of the division’s best talent during that stretch, knocking out
Fitch and Martin
Kampmann while taking razor-thin decisions from Josh
Koscheck and Mike Pierce.
Like St. Pierre, Hendricks last competed at UFC 158, where he
snatched a unanimous decision from Condit to earn his crack at the