Long-standing welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre steps into the ring with challenger, former NCAA D-1 standout Johny Hendricks in the main event of UFC 167 this Saturday. Held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Hendricks will finally get his shot at the undisputed title after delivering some of the 170-pound division’s most savage knockouts in his MMA career.
Here are the current UFC betting odds from Bovada.lv:
Georges St-Pierre -232
Johny Hendricks +231
Hendricks is cast in the role of underdog for Saturday’s fight. The 30-year-old fighter has wasted no time establishing himself as one of MMA’s biggest names in the world. Despite his success and reputation, Hendricks has yet to achieve the task of dethroning a UFC superstar in the octagonal ring. This Saturday St-Pierre literally has a tough fight on his hands as Hendricks may pose the biggest threat to the MMA legend yet.
St-Pierre has had two fights since returning from his 16-month absence in November 2012. Since recovering from the knee injury that knocked him out of UFC, he has come back with a vengeance, defeating Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz. However, he has yet to meet fists with Hendricks.
That isn’t going to stop the 32-year-old champion though. Hailed as a classic, St-Pierre will be defending the undisputable title for an eighth consecutive time. Now back in full swing from his break at injury rehab, St-Pierre has the UFC odds on his side and will be fiercely proving that he is an unstoppable force to be reckoned with.
But this unstoppable force must first knock out the unmovable object that is Hendricks: and he has a roster of skills in his bag. The 15-1 record holder has ended three of his last six fights with a Knockout of the Night. Hendricks’ blend of wrestling ability and crippling blows means that the UFC 167 main event could be either man’s game.
Although missing out on the main event spot, many fans will be eagerly anticipating the light heavyweight battle between Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen. The bout between these fan favourites would usually make the headline, but with the limelight on St-Pierre and Hendricks, they have had to make do with the co-main event position.
Their odds are as follows:
Chael Sonnen +166
Rashad Evans -175
Both of these MMA veterans have had to face up to difficult loses recently, leaving their chances for another future title shot hindered. On the fast track to claiming light heavyweight championship glory, Evans lost his last title fight against champion Jon Jones. He was then defeated once more in his follow-up fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
After defeating Dan Henderson in his last battle, a victory over Sonnen would be exactly what “Suga” needs to decisively prove to UFC officials that he is still championship material.
Evans isn’t the only one seeking redemption at UFC 167. Although winning his last fight against Mauricio Rua, Sonnen is seeing his opportunities run low. His latest win came off the back of two difficult losses against champions Anderson Silva and Jon Jones.
With fantastic submission abilities, he will be looking for a clear win over his comrade. But with a speed advantage and a similar skillset to boot, Evans might be throwing in this friendship for a much needed win.
Match Listings For UFC 167
Main Card – 10pm/7PM ETPT
Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks
Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen
Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler
Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley
Tim Elliot vs. Ali Bagautinov
Fox Sports 1 Prelims – 8pm/5pm ETPT
Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham
Ed Herman vs. Thales Leites
Brian Ebersole vs. Rick Story
Erik Perez vs. Edwin Figueroa
Online Prelims – 6.30pm/3.30pm ETPT
Jason High vs. Anthony Lapsley
Will Campuzano vs. Sergio Pettis
Cody Donovan vs. Gian Villante