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GSP-Diaz, Condit-MacDonald, and Ellenberger-Hendricks confirmed for UFC 158

Nick DiazDuring the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale broadcast the UFC confirmed two tilts fans had already been expecting and a new match-up providing both insurance and entertainment value to the organization’s spring stop in Montreal. Officially announced for the March 16 show were a welterweight title-defense from Georges St-Pierre, who will take on rival Nick Diaz, as well as fights featuring Carlos Condit-Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger-Johny Hendricks.

St-Pierre (23-2) and Diaz (26-8) have seemingly been destined to duke it out for some time, seeing two previous pairings fall apart for a variety of reasons. A steady stream of trash-talk from Diaz ultimately influenced GSP’s decision to accept the fight rather than take on Hendricks, the more deserving contender. However, with Hendricks also scheduled for the show, a substitute is at least in place if either Diaz or St-Pierre ends up unable to compete on the card.

Meanwhile, Hendricks’ willingness to meet Ellenberger is a change in course for the bearded brawler after having said he would wait for his crack at St-Pierre’s championship. The 14-1 Hendricks has won five straight including success against Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, and Martin Kampmann. Comparably, Ellenberger is 28-6 with 22 finishes and victories in seven of his last eight outings.

The clash between Condit-MacDonald brings the total of Top 10 welterweights on the lineup to six. The duo collided once before in July 2010 where MacDonald (14-1) appeared to have the best of Condit (28-6) before suffering a TKO loss in the final ten seconds of the scrap.


  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Here I am, Nick!

  • darth_irritable says:

    I have to wonder how the negotiation with Hendricks went. I can see one of two ways:
    1. Here’s a metric f**kton of cash.
    2. If you ever want to get within sniffing distance of that title, you’ll take this fight.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Have Hendricks swap places with Diaz and this would have been perfect.

    But between injuries & Diaz’s flakey tendencies, things could get shuffled between now & March, so we’ll just have to wait to see what happens.

  • Rich, perfectly said.
    Either way, this card is tremendous so far. I figure Gsp will probably do what Benson did to Nate, however, he’s pissed in a way he’s never Been before so that could make this a more interesting fight. Carlos vs Rory 2 just screams FOTN while Jake vs Big Rig will probably end early with someone looking at the lights.

  • madheartmma says:

    TREMENDOUS CARD!!! Can’t wait!

  • MCM says:

    Of the 5 other WW’s fighting on this card, Diaz is easily the least deserving of a title shot. Thankfully that will be two in a row for him and he may just retire for good. I just hope they don’t make Rory vs Hendricks (assuming both win) for #1 contender after this unless GSP actually leaves the division.


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