This is the type of buzz us mixed martial arts (MMA) Maniacs live for ...
Here is our latest edition of "Buzzfeed," as we take a look at everything you need to know surrounding UFC 167: "St. Pierre vs. Hendricks," which takes place TONIGHT (Sat., Nov. 16, 2013) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
No time to dick around ... this pay-per-view (PPV) event celebrates the promotion's 20th Anniversary; therefore, let's get right down to it:
Who: Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks
What: UFC 167
When: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
Why It Matters: This event marks the 20th Anniversary in business for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and the main event is backed by a stacked fight card, which includes several former champions and title contenders, alongside numerous veterans looking to establish their place among the budding prospects of the sport who also share a place in the Octagon later this evening.
-- The card as a whole is a great offering. The king of PPV, St-Pierre, will look to defend his Welterweight title for the ninth time against his most-well rounded opponent yet, Hendricks. Also on the card is a Light Heavyweight tilt between Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen, along with another 170-pound clash between Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler.
-- Even though there has not been much outside the "Fighting for a Generation: 20 Years of The UFC" documentary that aired a few weeks back, this will be UFC's 20th Anniversary show. And they may just have a special treat in store for us. Chances are this fight card will go down just like any other one would without any additional special activities, but we can always hope something special (or different) will happen.
-- This will be the second-to-last PPV of the year. And we will get more clarity on the standing of Welterweight division if GSP can remain the most dominant and almost untouchable force or if Hendricks can become the new holder of the throne. We will also find out if MacDonald becomes the No. 1-ranked division contender or if Robbie Lawler's resurgence continues.
-- The proposed voluntary pre-fight drug testing that both main event competitors were supposed to participate in went up in flames, with Dana White even providing his two cents on the matter. Hendricks was opposed to commit to being tested by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA); however, it sponsors St. Pierre and he was ultimately advised against it by his team, as well as Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director, Keith Kizer.
"Bigg Rigg," therefore, suggested using the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), but that did not pan out, either. After a series of emails being brought to the public with managers intervening and a post from GSP showing his clean results from VADA, this issue did not result in anything positive for both athletes.
-- If there is one thing we can agree on that has came out of Sonnen's mouth in the past month is that his fight with Evans is not getting promoted as much as it should be. "Suga" feels Sonnen's The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil 3" coaching announcement alongside Wanderlei Silva stole the thunder from their bout; however, the promotion did not include them in any "Primetime" footage. Sonnen has been quiet just a few days out of their fight, too.
-- The fresh face that sticks out like a sore thumb will be Sergio Pettis, the little brother of current UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis, who will take on MMA veteran Will Campuzano. The former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) fighter and Legacy FC Flyweight champion stepped up on short notice to replace Vaughan Lee and will have his hands full with "The Phenom," who is looking to dazzle and emulate his older brother in the Bantamweight division. Pettis is undefeated (9-0) and makes his Octagon debut at the tender age of 20.
-- Anthony Lapsley will also make his Octagon debut against Jason High in a Welterweight bout. "The Recipe" has fought for Bellator, King of The Cage and Moosin in his 29-fight career. He has lost to UFC alumni such as Jay Hieron, Mike Guymon, Drew Fickett and Carlo Prater.
Original Card vs. Actual Card:
-- Since this fight card is so great and has been assembled quite magically, it is easy to forget what other match ups that were scheduled to take place this weekend.
-- A do-or-die Heavyweight clash between former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem was originally supposed to serve as the co-main event, although seeing how stacked this fight card is, their bout was moved to UFC 169's main card.
-- Brazilian jiu-jitsu standout Robert Drysdale was supposed to make his UFC debut against Cody Donovan on the "Prelims." However, Drysdale was refused a fighting license from the NSAC after an out-of-competition performance enhancing drug test revealed he had elevated levels of testosterone. Although Drysdale will receive a second chance with the promotion, he cannot fight on Saturday night and was replaced by Gian Villante.
-- As previously mentioned before, Lee pulled out of his fight with Pettis with an undisclosed injury and has been replaced by Campuzano.
How do the "Prelims" look?
-- The three Facebook "Prelims" include a feature fight between High and newcomer Lapsley and also showcases Pettis' debut inside the Octagon.
Who needs a win badly?
-- The first name that comes to mind would be Josh Koscheck, who is currently on a two-fight losing skid and cannot afford to drop three straight, especially after being stopped by Lawler in his last bout. His opponent, Tyron Woodley, is 1-2 in his last three.
-- Ebersole and Story are coming off of one loss apiece; however, Story 1-2 in his past three fights and needs the win more than his hairy-chested opponent does. The same goes for Cerrone and Dunham, who are usually exciting fighters who should not be cut with two straight losses.
-- Donovan and Villante are coming off of one loss each as well, yet if their fight proves to be a snoozer, the loser may be released as well.
Interest Level: 9/10
-- This card will received one digit short of a perfect 10 for the amount of hype it has generated and the excitement that cannot be contained among the sport's most dedicated fan base.
-- Apart from the lack of 20th Anniversary activities, the card has been heavily promoted with UFC "Primetime" focusing on the two main event superstars, yet the rest of the card (specifically the co-main event) has not had the same amount of promotion. Still, for those who have been familiar with this event for at least a few weeks, there is no need for alternative outlets to outline exactly what we will be seeing. The main card is near perfect and it is backed by a bunch of solid fights on the undercard.
-- Plus, it is the return of GSP in Las Vegas. What more do you want?
Here is the full UFC 167: "St. Pierre vs. Hendricks" fight card:
UFC 167 Main Event:
UFC 167 Pay-Per-View (PPV) Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
UFC 167 FOX Sports 1 Prelims (8 p.m. ET):
UFC 167 Online Facebook Prelims (6:45 p.m. ET)
For complete UFC 167: "St. Pierre vs. Hendricks" coverage check out our complete event archive right here.
Remember, too, that MAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 167 card tonight (Sat., Nov. 16, 2013), starting with the Facebook "Prelims," which are scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1-televised under card bouts at 8 p.m. ET and then main card PPV action, which is slated to begin at 10 p.m. ET.