UFC 87: "Seek and Destroy" from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., on August 9 has main event.
Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (16-2) will put his 170-pound strap on the line against top contender Jon Fitch (17-2), setting the stage for what should be an exciting showdown in the "North Star State."
St. Pierre recently reclaimed the belt, defeating Matt Serra at UFC 83: "Serra vs. St. Pierre 2" via second round technical knockout in front of a hometown crowd in Montreal, Canada, last month.
"Rush" -- who is widely considered the top pound-for-pound mixed martial artist on the planet -- has a ridiculous hit list inside the Octagon. He has been in against the best in the world such as Matt Hughes (three times), BJ Penn, Sean Sherk, Josh Koscheck and Jason Miller, among others, and has been successful.
His opponent, too, has had his share of success within the eight-sided cage. In fact, Fitch is undefeated in eight attempts, tying him with Royce Gracie for the most all-time consecutive UFC wins.
Fitch outlasted Chris Wilson at UFC 82: "Pride of a Champion" back in March, earning a unanimous decision nod from the judges. He boasts wins over Diego Sanchez, Thiago Alves and Brock Larson, among others, during a three-year stretch for the promotion.
It should be interesting to see how this fight unfolds -- St. Pierre has made a point recently to beat his opponents at their strengths. And Fitch has a strong wrestling background.
Or will St. Pierre take the bait that Fitch served up recently, saying St. Pierre is now afraid to get knocked out after the loss to Serra in their first encounter.
I can already here the hype machine warming up with the sound byte.
The title bout between St. Pierre and Fitch will join the co-feature of the evening -- a heavyweight clash between Brock Lesnar and a soon to be named opponent -- recent Hall of Fame inductee, Mark Coleman, has been scratched from the bout because of an injury.
In other action, a lightweight eliminator match between Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta has been booked for the pay-per-view (PPV) to determine the top seed in the 155-pound division.
Stay tuned for more details.