UFC 167 takes place this weekend, marking 20 years that the UFC has been around. It’s going to be one of the biggest cards of the year, where Georges St. Pierre will look to defend his title against Johny Hendricks, one of the most powerful punchers in the organization. It should be an epic welterweight title fight. Let’s now take a look and see how they match up on paper.
Hendricks is an excellent wrestler, and he’s got the power to finish GSP. However, since GSP lost to Matt Serra, he’s fought on a different level, often making great fighters look average. He has made collegiate wrestlers look bad, which was the case in his bouts with Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch. This will be the same theme in this fight. GSP will keep Hendricks at bay with his jab, and the kicks by GSP are going to add up.
They will take away Hendricks’ power, and GSP will level change, taking down Hendricks on several occasions. It’s going to be a hard-fought victory for Georges, but at the end of the day, he’s going to be too technical and his timing will be too much for Hendricks to have any type of success. Hendricks is one of the biggest challenges for Georges, but GSP is arguably the most athletic fighter in the UFC and this will be evident on fight night.
Final Prediction: Georges St. Pierre wins via unanimous decision