UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has held his crown for over five years, but Saturday could mark the end of that incredible run.
The Canadian-born St. Pierre guns for his ninth consecutive title defense against American Johnny Hendricks at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The scheduled five-round bout marks Hendricks first title shot since he set foot in a mixed martial arts arena back in 2007. Moving up to UFC in August 2009, Hendricks has gone 15-1 thanks to his punishing knockout power. Eight of his victories have come way of brutal knockout, including four in the first round, and six via decision. Hendricks only loss was also a decision.
Considering the origins of his skills, no one could have predicted Hendricks potential to end a fight with a single blow.The Oklahoma native starred as a wrestler with the Cowboys at State University, and eventually captured two Division I national championships.
Employing his power might be the best tactic for Hendricks, especially against the 32-year-old St. Pierre, who’s won by unanimous decision in six straight. St. Pierre’s last knockout came after the ringside doctor stopped his bout with B.J. Penn in the fourth round back in 2009.
St. Pierre is also well-prepared if Hendricks tries to switch up his strategy and hit the mat. St. Pierre boasts a 75.5 percent takedown accuracy, and parries opponents attempts to take him down an astonishing 86 percent of the time.
Betting Odds: St. Pierre comes in as a -275 favorite.
Time: Saturday Nov. 16, 11:30 p.m. ET (depending on how long the prelims and main card work out)
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