Should Georges St-Pierre successfully defend his UFC welterweight title against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on Saturday night in Las Vegas, he could make mixed martial arts history.
The 32-year-old Canadian has held his belt for 2,290 days, second only to fellow legend Anderson Silva’s run of 2,457 days as a champion. Silva’s epic streak ended back in July after he was knocked out by Chris Weidman, opening a door for St-Pierre to surpass the mark depending on how much time lapses before his next bout.
Hard punching Southpaw and former NCAA wrestling champion Hendricks comes in as a 15-1 underdog, but is thoroughly capable of ripping away the title from St-Pierre much like Weidman did. Eight of the Dallas native’s 15 victories have come via knockout, including five in the first round.
Silva’s antics led to his demise, but St-Pierre has clearly taken a more serious approach to this bout. The Times also reported that he’s prepared for Hendrick’s punching power by working with Manny Pacquiao trainer and boxing dignitary Freddie Roach immediately following his win over Nick Diaz in March.
Aiming for his ninth straight title defense and winner of 11 consecutive fights, St-Pierre made weight during Saturday’s weigh in, as did Hendricks at 170 pounds.
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The main card will be broadcast on pay-per-view beginning at 10 p.m. ET./ 7 p.m. PT.
Betting Odds: St-Pierre is a -250 favorite
PPV and Live Stream Info: Most TV providers have links to order on UFC’s official site here.
Prediction: GSP uses his considerable reach advantage to create distance from Hendricks strikes, and wins on points.