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UFC confirms supporting cast for St. Pierre’s title defense against Koscheck

After the lights dim and the main event fires up on December 11 at UFC 124, it’s likely Angelina Jolie could walk through the Bell Centre in Montreal juggling her adopted children and the crowd’s attention wouldn’t turn from the action in the cage. With a headlining bout featuring Canadian star Georges St. Pierre (5 Oz. #1 welterweight) against self-imposed rival Josh Koscheck (5 Oz. #5 welterweight), a bout made even more intense after a season of one-sided trash-talking on the part of Koscheck, the arena’s noise-level will undoubtedly register at twice the normal event based on the welterweight title-fight.

However, as entertaining as the raucous rhubarb will be, the line-up also features a number of other skilled Mixed Martial Artists ready to remind the audience there are more than two fighters competing on the card. The official bill for UFC 124 has now been announced and includes a slew of submission-specialists, two heavyweights who hate each other, a couple of former championship-contenders, and one of the sport’s hottest prospects getting another major test in the Octagon.

In a preliminary pairing, Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett will return to lightweight against Toronto native, and fellow BJJ black-belt, Mark Bocek. Both grapplers are coming off losses in their previous bouts, back-to-back in the case of Hazelett, and will almost certainly be fighting for more than a paycheck when things go down.

Also in action, rising 21-year old Brazilian Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira takes on Jim Miller (5 Oz. #12 lightweight) in hopes of maintaining his undefeated record against an 18-2 opponent whose only career losses have come to the two men fighting for the UFC lightweight title on New Year’s Day (Gray Maynard and champ Frank Edgar).

Joining their 155-pound peers on the card, Joe Stevenson is set to square off against fellow Ultimate Fighter season-winner Mac Danzig.

On the opposite end of the physical-build scale, 6’7” Sean McCorkle and 6’11” Stefan Struve will settle their differences after a war of words online. McCorkle is 10-0 in his career while Struve is 20-4 and has won four of his last five fights in the UFC.

Rounding out the PPV is what will surely be a battle between Thiago Alves (5 Oz. #8 welterweight) and John Howard. Both men are powerful strikers with solid grappling bases to work with, though given their past performances it seems more likely the two will stand and exchange shots from various positions until one of them falls.

Here is the complete line-up as currently scheduled for UFC 124:

John Makdessi vs. Pat Audinwood
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Rafael Natal
Matt Riddle vs. Sean Pierson
Dustin Hazelett vs. Mark Bocek
Ricardo Almeida vs. T.J. Grant
Dan Miller vs. Joe Doerksen
Stefan Struve vs. Sean McCorkle
Joe Stevenson vs. Mac Danzigp
Jim Miller vs. Charles Oliveira
Thiago Alves vs. John Howard
Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck

  • BigDave says:

    They can add another fight to this card to fill time as Josh cocksuck will be getting KTFO inside 1 minute of the first round. I thought i couldnt hate a fighter more then BJ Penn but I think I may hate Josh more.

  • Dufresne says:

    As much as I’d love to see Kos get KO’d in the first round, I don’t see it happening. I see GSP using the same basic strategy he’s used in his last several fights which is to win the standup fight enough to set up the takedown where he’ll control Kos and maybe even look for some subs.
    I do think that if GSP gets Kos in the same position he had Hardy in, he won’t hold back on the sub. After all the crap that Kos has been talking and the stupid, childish things he’s done to try and piss GSP and his crew off, if GSP gets him in a sub he’ll do everything he can to take that arm home with him.

    As for hating fighters, I have to put Kos up there with Rashad. I can’t stand either of those guys, even though I have to give them some respect for being skilled fighters.

    P.S. How sweet would it have been if Brad Tate (the guy Kos mocked for being a “Male nurse”) had come off the bleacher with a hard left uppercut to the chin when Kos grabbed him by the throat? I would have absolutely crapped my pants with pure joy.

  • BiG BaD BuLL says:

    I can honestly see this being a stand up battle. For the first bout, Kos has admitted, that he let his wrestling slack, and didn’t expect GSP to be so proficient. He’ll be ready this time, and will have trained his ground game extensively. I can see GSP expecting this, and really focusing on striking and takedown defense. Even if GSP does take Kos down, I think Kos’ ground game is too sound for GSP to pull off the sub. You can’t really compare Dan Hardy to Kos. This all sounds like I am “pro” Koscheck, but after the “phantom knee”, and the incident with Brad Tate, I wish him only the worst, and can’t wait to see GSP crush him.

  • This is a card that its taken awhile for me to get excited about…but now that its here, I like it. I would LOVE to see Kos win, but because I dont like GSP or even like Kos for that matter, but I would like to see WW get shaken up, makin GSP have to fight more than twice a year to get back to his belt. In addition to that I can see at least a few fighters being able to beat Kos(Condit, A Healthy Diego Sanchez, Shields, Kapmann) which would keep the title flowing around and continue to build more big stars for the “casual” fan to endear themselves to.


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