The Ultimate Fight Championship will be celebrating its 20thanniversary with a stellar fight card that will be headlined by a Welterweight title matchup between Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks. The rest of the pay-per-view, which will take place live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, is filled with high profile fights between some of the UFC’s biggest stars. Rashad Evans, Chael Sonnen, Rory MacDonald, Josh Koscheck and Donald Cerrone will all fight on the anniversary card. Its a testament to how packed this card really is when Sergio Pettis’—the brother of lightweight champion Anthony Pettis—debut is buried at the bottom of the pay-per-view. Let’s take a closer look at UFC 167 with some prediction and analysis.
George St. Pierre (-225) vs. Johny Hendricks (+175)
Its almost fitting that Welterweight Georges St. Pierre will be headlining the UFC’s 20th anniversary card. Many people believe St. Pierre to be the evolutionary equivalent of Royce Gracie, in the sense that St. Pierre was one of the first fighters to practice all mixed martial arts disciplines during the modern age of MMA fighting. Despite what a few fans and experts are saying, Johny Hendricks is not St. Pierres’ toughest test to date. The Welterweight champ has fought and beaten many fighters with the same tools that the hard-hitting Hendricks posses. The challenger is a very good and deserving fighter, but this matchup has another St. Pierre unanimous decision written all over it. Hendricks is a live-dog in the matchup and could knock GSP out at any moment, but expert the champion once again to prove why he is the greatest Welterweight of all-time.
Rashad Evans (-175) vs. Chael Sonnen (+145)
Rashad Evnas versus Chael Sonnen is a high-profile fight only because the popularity of both men. On paper, this is a open and shut matchup that favorites Evans in every single area. The truth of the matter is that Sonnen fights best when he is at middleweight and all the advantages that he might posses against other light heavyweights are negated by the bigger, stronger, and faster Evans. “The American Gangster” is fun and entertaining, but the most interesting aspect of this fight will be whether or not Sonnen can take Evans down. Expect a late fight knockout or decision from the former champion Evans.
Rory MacDonald (-350) vs. Robbie Lawler (+275)
Robbie Lawler has looked fantastic since moving over to the UFC from Strikeforce a few years ago. The welterweight is an aggressive fighter with solid striking, and is a very live underdog in his matchup against Rory MacDonald. The young Canadian is coming off of a poor performance in his last outing, but is the superior fighter in this matchup and should be able to pull of a decision victory over Lawler.
The Rest of the Card
Tryron Woodly (-125) vs. Josh Koscheck (-105)
Tim Elliott (-160) vs. Ali Bagautinov (+130)
Evan Dunham (-125) vs. Donald Cerrone (-105)
Thales Leites (-215) vs. Ed Herman (+165)
Rick Story (-215) vs. Brian Ebersole (+165)
Erick Perez (-370) vs. Edwin Figueroa (+280)
Jason High (-295) vs. Anthony Lapsley (+235)
Gian Villante (-370) vs. Cody Donovan (+280)
Sergio Pettis (-400) vs. Will Campuzano (+300)