UFC 167: St-Pierre vs HendricksPosted on November 15, 2013 by Eric Goulette
November 12, 1993 in Denver, Colorado, Royce Gracie defeated three men in one night to win UFC 1. On Saturday night the UFC will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with UFC 167: St-Pierre vs Hendricks in Las Vegas. The UFC has changed a lot since that night in 1993, but it still comes down to one thing, two people getting in a cage until one is victorious.
Georges St-Pierre vs Johny Hendricks is your main event of the evening. St-Pierre is 24-2 in his career and has not lost a fight since 2007. He is currently tied for the most wins in UFC history with 18 wins inside the octagon. St-Pierre is the pride of Canada and has long been a fan favorite but has been criticized by some fans for not finishing fights and being boring lately. He smothers people with his wrestling and uses his jab to perfection while on his feet and most importantly, he wins.
Johny Hendricks is someone that many people are picking to not only out-wrestle St-Pierre, but use his punching power to KO him. Hendricks is a 4x NCAA Division I All-American wrestler from Oklahoma State so he is a very good wrestler also. It will be interesting to see who can impose their will on the other during wrestling exchanges. The other thing Hendricks has is KO power in both hands. Hendricks has a 15-1 record and 8 are wins by KO/TKO. This is the biggest fight of Johny Hendricks’ life and he has never been in a 5 round title fight. I think if there is a guy on paper to beat St-Pierre, it would be Hendricks. The only question that I have is what if it goes into the 4th and 5th rounds; will Hendricks still have gas in the tank? I would imagine Johny Hendricks is well prepared for this fight and will be your NEW UFC Welterweight Champion via KO in the first two rounds. BOOM!
This fight card is really stacked from top to bottom with good fights. The co-main event is Rashad Evans vs Chael Sonnen. Rashad Evans is a former champion that is looking to get back to the top of the mountain. He says he has the fire back after not being motivated to fight. Chael is a gangster, so you know that he is always ready to scrap.
Other than the title fight, the most important fight on this card is Rory MacDonald vs Robbie Lawler. The heir apparent to Georges St-Pierre’s throne, the chosen one, Canada’s future favorite son, and St-Pierre’s training partner, Rory MacDonald could have even more pressure to fight his idol if he beats Lawler. MacDonald and St-Pierre have both said they would never fight each other, but if Rory MacDonald keeps winning and if Dana White has his way, they will fight one day. MacDonald is currently on a five fight win streak over some tough opponents. If he makes it six in a row something is going to have to give. There has been talk of MacDonald moving up to another weight class or St-Pierre retiring. MacDonald will have to get past Lawler first though and that is not going to be easy.
Robbie Lawler is an old school UFC guy. His career has been up and down over the years, but now that he is back in the UFC he seems to be back to his old ways. In his first two fights back in the UFC Lawler has put on two devastating displays of striking. Lawler is so powerful and if he hurts MacDonald he will finish him. Then all of this talk of Rory MacDonald being the new king can stop.
The way I see it, if Robbie Lawler beats Rory MacDonald and Johny Hendricks beats GSP, Canada and their fans are going to be angrier than the Mayor of Toronto on crack. Not only is that a real possibility, but that will make things in the UFC Welterweight division very interesting.
Other fights on this card Saturday night include:
Josh Koscheck vs Tyron Woodley
Tim Elliott vs Ali Bagautinov
Preliminary Card on FOX Sports 1:
Donald Cerrone vs Evan Dunham
Ed Herman vs Thales Leites
Brian Eversole vs Rick Story (Story is the only person to beat Johny Hendricks and helped train GSP for this fight)
Erik Perez vs Edwin Figueroa
Preliminary Card on
Jason High vs Anthony Lapsey
Will Campuzano vs Sergio Pettis (Pettis is the younger brother of 155lbs champ Anthony Pettis)
Gain Villante vs Cody Donnovan