Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz will headline UFC 158 in a welterweight title headliner on March 16.

The event takes place at Bell Centre in Montreal and will also see top welterweights Carlos Condit and Johny Hendricks take on Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger, respectively. A middleweight rematch between Patrick Cote and Alessio Sakara will also be featured, promotion officials announced Saturday.

“Georges St-Pierre asked to fight Nick Diaz because he knows they have unfinished business, and Nick Diaz agrees,” UFC President Dana White said in the official release.

Widely regarded as one of the sport’s top pound-for-pound talents, St. Pierre recently returned from ACL surgery to outpoint interim champion Condit at UFC 154, taking a unanimous decision from “The Natural Born Killer” in the Nov. 17 headliner. The victory marked St. Pierre’s seventh successful title defense and his 17th overall win inside the Octagon.

“There’s been a lot of talk about who I should fight next, but this was really the only choice for me,” said St-Pierre. “[Diaz has] made it personal, and I personally can’t wait.”

St. Pierre was first scheduled to defend his title against Diaz last year at UFC 137, but that booking was scrapped after Diaz missed consecutive press conferences. The champion was then expected to put his gold on the line against against the Californian this past February at UFC 143, but St. Pierre’s torn ACL again delayed his meeting with Diaz.

Instead, the former Strikeforce champion faced Condit for the interim UFC belt on Feb. 4, dropping a contentious unanimous verdict to the Jackson’s MMA representative before testing positive for marijuana metabolites, a development that resulted in a year-long suspension for Diaz handed down by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Known for his excellent boxing and jiu-jitsu skills, Diaz had won 11 straight fights before dropping that decision to Condit, a verdict so repugnant to the southpaw that he alluded to a forthcoming retirement from MMA in his post-fight interview. Diaz owns over 80 percent of his victories by either knockout or submission and has been stopped just twice in his 11-year pro career.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Jackson vs. Maldonado to UFC 186 co-headline slot, Makdessi vs. Trujillo to main card

  • 5 days ago
  • 3 views

With the loss of its headliner and one of two title fights, next month’s UFC 186 event has a new co-headliner, as well as a new main-card bout.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

UFC 184 medical suspensions: Co-headliner Raquel Pennington gets six-month term

  • 28 days ago
  • 31 views

There wasn’t much time for anyone to get seriously hurt in UFC 184’s headliner, but a three-round strike-off in the night’s co-headliner produced a long medical suspension.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 187 Official with Two World Title Fights Headlining | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

On Memorial Day Weekend, two world title fights headline UFC 187 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Champions Jon Jones and Chris Weidman put their titles on the line. read news >>

Dillashaw 'could definitely' drop to flyweight for Johnson – $2 million or not

  • 27 days ago
  • 7 views

MONTREAL – UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has said he’ll only move up in weight to face bantamweight titleholder T.J. Dillashaw for a firm price tag of $2 million. Dillashaw, meanwhile, is read news >>

‘Surprised’ with failed drug tests, Anderson Silva suggests rematch with Nick Diaz

  • 26 days ago
  • 9 views

Anderson Silva failed a couple drug tests for his UFC 183 middleweight clash with Nick Diaz, and he guarantees he has no idea why. In a video interview with TMZ, the former UFC middleweight champion read news >>

Anderson Silva 'surprised' he failed UFC 183 drug test, offers Nick Diaz immediate rematch

  • 26 days ago
  • 96 views

Why did Anderson Silva fail his UFC 183 drug test? Don't ask "The Spider," because the former middleweight champion has no explanation. In fact, when his manager informed him that Nevada State Athlet read news >>

UFC 186's Kyoji Horiguchi predicts upset of Demetrious Johnson: 'I'm going to become champion'

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

MONTREAL – Thrust into the challenger role ahead of schedule, Kyoji Horiguchi insists he’ll be prepared to dethrone longtime UFC flyweight titleholder Demetrious Johnson when the two meet at UFC 186. read news >>

Tom Wright: UFC 186, plus two more events, on tap for Canada in 2015

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

MONTREAL – It appears Canada will play host to three total UFC events in 2015, including UFC 186 next month in Montreal.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 186's Renan Barao believes T.J. Dillashaw 'way too cocky' for young title reign

  • 24 days ago
  • 48 views

MONTREAL – Renan Barao said he feels disrespected by talk of a potential bout between UFC champions T.J. Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>