Injured UFC Welterweight Champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre is targeting a return to action against interim titleholder “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on November 17th in Montréal, Québec, Canada. UFC President Dana White confirmed plans for the fight on Friday night.
St. Pierre has been sidelined since April 2011 due to knee injuries, including a torn ACL in December that required surgery. Condit defeated Nick Diaz to claim the interim title at UFC 143 in February. A second welterweight bout at UFC 154 pits Johny Hendricks against Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann.
St. Pierre (22-2-0) and Condit (28-5-0) were first set to face off at UFC 137 in October, but St. Pierre suffered the first of two knee injuries and was forced to withdraw. He was then matched up against Diaz on the UFC 143 card, but suffered a torn ACL in his other knee and watched from the sidelines as Condit earned a Unanimous Decision victory over Diaz to become UFC Interim Welterweight Champion. St. Pierre has not lost in over five years and has been a dominant force at 170 pounds throughout his UFC tenure. Condit, who also formerly held the WEC Welterweight Championship, is unbeaten since dropping a razor-thin Split Decision in his April 2009 UFC debut. Provided that St. Pierre is healthy enough to compete in November, an undisputed champion will be determined when St. Pierre and Condit face off in the main event.
Hendricks (13-1-0) and Kampmann (20-5-0) square off on the same November card in what will likely serve as a number one contender’s bout. Hendricks has won four straight fights and is coming off of key victories over former title challengers Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck. The standout wrestler has finished eight of his career opponents and needed just 12 seconds to dispatch of Fitch with a single punch. Kampmann rebounded from contentious decision defeats to Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez with a solid win over prospect Rick Story in November. His 2012 campaign has thus far yielded two of his biggest wins, as Kampmann first submitted Thiago Alves in March and then stopped Jake Ellenberger eight days ago. The Danish star is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the welterweight division and now looks to position himself for a title shot.
UFC 154 takes place on November 17th at the Bell Centre in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
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