The UFC welterweight champion returns to action this weekend as Canada’s Georges St-Pierre looks to unify the belts at UFC 154 in Montreal. Also looking to unify the belt will be the interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit who defeated Nick Diaz way back in February by unanimous decision. St-Pierre has been out since April of last year after injuring his knee late last year that required surgery.
The welterweight division has been waiting for the belts to be unified and in the co-main event; the winner could be getting the first shot at the champ. Johny Hendricks and Martin Kampmann survived the long wait and find themselves in a potential number one contender bout. Only reason it’s labeled as potential is because of the possibility of the rumored “super-fight” between St-Pierre and Middleweight champion Anderson Silva coming to fruition and further delaying the welterweight division.
The UFC 154 isn’t just about the welterweight division though. Opening the main card will be Canadian Mark Hominick as he tries to snap a three fight losing streak when he takes on Pablo Garza. In the Prelims Ivan Menjivar will welcome Azamat Gashimov to the UFC in the Russians first fight away from his home. In what should be a slugfest, Patrick Cote looks to bounce back from his loss to Cung Le as he faces Alessio Sakara.
At last week’s UFC on FUEL TV 6 event in Macao where we nearly broke even at 5-4 we find ourselves at 173-124 heading into the last month and a half.
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
170 lbs. Title Unification Bout: Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit – Georges St-Pierre
170 lbs.: Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann – Martin Kampmann
185 lbs.: Tom Lawlor vs. Francis Carmont – Francis Carmont
185 lbs.: Constantinos Philippou vs. Nick Ring – Nick Ring
145 lbs.: Mark Hominick vs. Pablo Garza – Mark Hominick
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)
185 lbs.: Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara – Patrick Cote
205 lbs.: Cyrille Diabate vs. Chad Griggs – Cyrille Diabate
155 lbs.: John Makdessi vs. Sam Stout – Sam Stout
155 lbs.: Mark Bocek vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Rafael dos Anjos
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
145 lbs.: Antonio Carvalho vs. Rodrigo Damm – Antonio Carvalho
170 lbs.: John Maguire vs. Matt Riddle – John Maguire
135 lbs.: Azamat Gashimov vs. Ivan Menjivar – Ivan Menjivar
145 lbs.: Darren Elkins vs. Steven Siler – Steven Siler
UFC 154 will be the fifth event in Montreal and the third that St-Pierre has been in the main event. The 13 bout fight card will get started on Facebook at approx. 3pm Pt / 6pm ET before concluding the preliminary card on FX starting at 5pm Pt / 8pm ET. The PPV UFC 154 main card will feature five bouts and starts at the usual time of 7pm PT / 10pm ET.