This fall sees the return of Georges St-Pierre in a much-hyped welterweight rematch. But that’s not all that’s being cooked up behind the scenes in the UFC, says Joe Ferraro, host of UFC Central on Sportsnet ONE
November 17th 2012 in Montreal
All eyes will be on hometown boy Georges St-Pierre when he takes on interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit (28–5). While the two men train at the same New Mexico gym, UFC 154 will mark their first Octagon match. Ferraro calls St-Pierre (22–2) one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport alongside American light-heavyweight Jon Jones (16–1) and Brazilian middleweight Anderson Silva (30–4), but there are questions about how GSP will fare after a lengthy layoff dating back to April 2011, when he suffered a torn ACL.
December 29th in Las Vegas
The year will end with a much-anticipated bout with heavyweight Junior Dos Santos (15–1) against Cain Velasquez (10–1) – “a fight everyone will be paying attention to,” says Ferraro. Dos Santos knocked out Valesquez just over a minute into their first heavyweight fight, in November 2011. The victory was dismissed by some as a lucky punch, an assertion that Ferraro dismisses: “I don’t believe in lucky punches.”
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