Later this month, Georges St-Pierre puts his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight title on the line against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in Las Vegas, NV at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on pay-per-view (PPV). The bout also coincides with the UFC's 20th anniversary. Needless to say, it's an important card for the promotion.
The fight promises to deliver as Hendricks has the power in his hands to violently end St-Pierre's welterweight title reign. For St-Pierre to retain his belt, he'll have to take the fight to the ground and attempt to out grapple "Big Rig" for five rounds.
Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting caught up with former Strikeforce welterweight champion, Tarec Saffiedine, to get is thoughts on the matchup between St-Pierre and Hendricks. Saffiedine broke down the fight and arrived at the conclusion that GSP will walk away victorious.
"Johny is really tough, he has big heavy hands and good wrestling, but GSP is a technical level above him," Saffiedine told MMAFighting.com. "Hendricks wants to brawl, but GSP uses his footwork and jab. GSP hasn't fought a southpaw, so we'll see how he reacts to that. Maybe I'm wrong, I don't think he did. But GSP wins the fight."
It's clear that Hendricks' path to victory is in his hands. While he has incredible wrestling, he's been relying on his knockout power more and more lately. He has the pedigree but as with anything in life, when you stop using it regularly, those skills tend to quickly fade.