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Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks: Will Hendricks Pull the Upset?

Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks: Will Hendricks Pull the Upset?

At UFC 167 on November 16th, welterweight kingpin Georges “Rush” St-Pierre (24-2) will defend his title against the hard-hitting Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks (15-1) for the UFC welterweight championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Despite St-Pierre’s incredible tear in the welterweight division establishing an 11 fight win streak, this fight with Hendricks is a strong test for the French-Canadian’s career. Not only does Hendricks possess fantastic wrestling and durability, he has two absolute bricks for hands and tends to favor throwing his left-hand when throwing the knockout punch. His knockout power gives Dan Henderson a run for his money for the “H-Bomb” nickname.

This isn’t St-Pierre’s first dance with a seasoned wrestler. St-Pierre has faced fighters with similar skillsets. Rush absolutely dominated Matt Hughes, Jon Fitch and Josh Koschek (twice), all of whom are seasoned wrestlers, so I don’t expect GSP to be outmatched in this department.

The most comparable opponent to Hendricks that St-Pierre has faced is Josh Koschek. Like Hendricks, Koschek is a tough, durable, hard-hitting wrestler, however even with this well-rounded skillset, Koschek was dominated by GSP twice. In the second fight between GSP and Koschek, St-Pierre had a fairly difficult time taking Koschek to the mat. St-Pierre shifted gears and picked Koschek apart with his jab and cruised to an easy unanimous decision victory.

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As mentioned above, Hendricks has incredible wrestling and he may very well have St-Pierre equally matched in this department. History as proven that when wrestlers cannot bring GSP to the mat, it often ends up a one-sided stand-up fight with St-Pierre controlling the fight with his jab and footwork.

My Prediction: Georges St-Pierre via Unanimous Decision

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