UFC 158 Showcases a ‘Who’s Who’ of the Welterweight Division

Posted: December 17, 2012 in Commentary/Opinion, Latest news, UFC Events
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Nick DiazWith apologies to Martin Kampmann, UFC 158 may be featuring the six top welterweights in the world in a noteworthy triple header of action. As widely reported last week, Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz will serve as the headliner while two other important bouts round out the threesome.

Former interim champion and title contender Carlos Condit will face off against surging Rory MacDonald in one of those matches. The other will see “the people’s contender” Johny Hendricks fight Jake Ellenberger. Hendricks’ fans have been most vocal with their dissatisfaction of Diaz getting the shot.

As we predicted last week UFC 158 will have plenty of backup plans on hand just in case Diaz pulls a repeat of his UFC 137 melt down. In case you forgot, Diaz was set to fight St-Pierre for the world title last October but completely blew off the press conference forcing everyone into a frenzy. If he does it again, there are no fewer than four other top of the line welterweights on the same event ready to take his place.

Obviously Hendricks will be the first choice if that happens. The Big Rig is on a tear of late, with five straight wins—three of them 1st round knockouts. His opponent, Ellenberger, was on a similar streak when he was derailed by Kampmann in June. He redeemed himself with a win over Jay Hieron in October, setting himself up for this important fight.

The newest member of the elite class of 170 pounders is MacDonald, fresh off his dominating performance against BJ Penn. He will face his toughest test to date in an explosive matchup with former interim champ Condit.

This event is a welterweight fan’s dream. All we need to round it out is a fight between Josh Koscheck and Kampmann; and maybe Jon Fitch vs. Mike Pierce. That would certainly shape up the welterweight title picture for the next 12 months or so.

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