Georges St. Pierre will defend his welterweight title against number one division contender Thiago Alves in main event of the landmark UFC 100 pay-per-view (PPV) event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 11.
Company president Dana White -- who is currently in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with his entourage to try and "save" UFC 97 from being scratched from the Bell Centre on April 18 -- confirmed the blockbuster match up on a local radio station, CKAC Sports 730-AM, over the weekend.
This is great news for "Rush" -- he can now shift focus away from "Grease Gate" and onto the American Top Team-trained powerhouse. St. Pierre scored a major technical knockout win against lightweight champion BJ Penn at UFC 94 on Jan 31. It was billed as the "fight of a lifetime;" however, it has since turned into a nightmare.
St. Pierre dominated Penn for four straight rounds. Penn acknowledged that he had sustained such abuse that he was more than likely knocked out on his feet after the second round. His corner threw in the towel at the end of round four to save the Hawaiian from further punishment.
The victory celebration, unfortunately for him, was short lived.
In the wake of the victory, Penn's camp alleged that St. Pierre illegally applied Vaseline to the shoulders and back of the 170-pound champion, giving him a unfair advantage during the fight by essentially nullifying the superb Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills of "The Prodigy."
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) was asked to investigate "Grease Gate" and is currently reviewing the incident. Penn since accused Kenny Florian of giving him the heads up that St. Pierre was a "greaser," as well as a steroid user.
St. Pierre passed his screening for illegal/banned substances, which was administered immediately after the fight. He has never failed such a test. In short, the baseless allegations are perhaps more fodder for Penn to use to chip away from St. Pierre's accomplishment on Super Bowl weekend.
Hopefully, controversy -- real or contrived -- will be absent on July 11 when St. Pierre tangles with the "Pitbull."
Alves has been an absolute monster of late, finishing top-ranked opponents Matt Hughes and Karo Parisyan, as well as outpointing Josh Koscheck on all three judges scorecards, in his three most recent performances.
He has been on a two-year tear, with five of his last seven wins ending by way of (technical) knockout. Alves, in fact, has not lost since 2006, which was against another top fighter in the division, Jon Fitch.
Stay tuned for more on UFC 100, including rumors and additional fight announcements.