UFC 167: Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks Preview

By Jeremy Green
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UFC 167 finally will take place this weekend, marking the 20-year anniversary of the UFC. The sport has come a long way over the years, and it will only get bigger with time. Headlining this card is an excellent welterweight championship bout between Georges St. Pierre and John Hendricks. Both have proven to be the best in the division, and we will finally see who is truly the best in the world at 170.

St. Pierre has dominated his competition for many years now. He’s the greatest welterweight champion in UFC history, and he’s arguably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. He’s dominated elite competition such as Carlos Condit, Thiago Alves, B.J. Penn, Matt Hughes, Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck.

No fighter, save for Matt Serra, has been able to beat GSP inside the UFC, and he is looking to keep his impressive streak alive when he takes on Hendricks.

Like GSP, Hendricks has been able to win a lot of fights as of late. He is currently on a six-fight winning streak which includes wins over names like Koscheck, Condit, Martin Kampmann and Fitch. To date, only Rick Story has beaten Hendricks, and he’s is going to be one of GSP’s toughest tests to date.

In terms of the stylistic matchup, this one is very interesting. GSP is considered to be one of the best wrestlers in the UFC, but Hendricks is also a superior wrestler. The wrestling may be negated in this fight, so the fight may come down to striking. Hendricks has better power than GSP, and he’s always looking to land the big left.

This power has served Hendricks well, which was clear in his bouts with Fitch and Kampmann. GSP may be the more polished, well-rounded striker, often utilizing kicks and a stiff jab. If he can keep Hendricks guessing, he has a great shot at victory.

It’s going to be one of the best welterweight fights in recent memory with much on the line. So, will GSP add Hendricks to his resume, or will Hendricks finish GSP off in devastating fashion? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Jeremy Green is a MMA and NFL contributor at RantSports. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter, or Google Plus.

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