Georges St. Pierre is finally getting his crack at Nick Diaz this Saturday night in Montreal. The two were supposed to fight at UFC 137, but Diaz started to miss press conferences and promotions leading up to the fight, which caused Dana to bump him out of the title fight. GSP ended up getting injured before the fight anyways, which resulted in him being out for a year before he came back and dominated Condit a few months ago. This fight was a long time coming, and even though many fans don’t think Diaz deserved the shot after losing his last fight to Condit, GSP wants to beat him and shut him up for good.
If you like the welterweight division then this card is right up your alley. Carlos Condit is fighting up and coming star Johny Hendricks after Rory MacDonald had to pull out of the fight with an injury. Jake Ellenberger and Nate Marquardt, another couple top Welterweight fighters will also be squaring off and in total there are 6 welterweight fights on this card (half of the 12 fights). I’m going to be making my predictions for the 2 main fights of the card. The fights that many people are considering the Welterweight Championship and the Welterweight Title Eliminator fights! Each of the odds shown below are from
Georges St. Pierre vs Nick Diaz
Here are the odds from Bookmaker.eu for the fight:
This should be one of St. Pierres easiest title defenses to date. GSP showed that he is still on the top of his game after coming back from his knee injury when he dismantled Condit for 5 rounds in his last title fight. That win marked the 10th consecutive title defense of his latest reign as UFC Welterweight Champion. Diaz is coming off a loss to Carlos Condit from over a year ago. Yes, before that he was kicking ass and taking names, but if you look at the fighters he defeated it’s not much to phone home about. Diaz did defeat BJ Penn by decision at UFC 137, but Penn had been losing to pretty much everyone around that time and before Penn Diaz was fighting in Strikeforce and other small promotions. I’m trying to find a fighter that he defeated that is even on the same level as some of these other welterweights on the card and I can’t. Simply put Diaz built a career beating up on less talented fighters and in my opinion he is only getting this fight because he’s a dick and he got under GSP’s skin when he called him out a few times. I expect GSP to simply crush him. It might go the distance because that is what GSP does, but I think this could be a fight that Georges finishes as well.
Play: GSP -485 (I’d also take St-Pierre inside distance for +350 or so)
Carlos Condit vs Johny Hendricks
Here are the odds from 5Dimes.eu for the fight:
Carlos Condit +115
Johny Hendricks -135
Condit is coming off a loss to GSP where he was completely dominated, but he did almost catch GSP at one point and he didn’t get finished. After a loss people always seem to underestimate a fighter, but it should be remembered that Condit won 5 fights heading into that bout and is still a strong fighter. He has never been knocked out in his MMA career and that is what Hendricks has become known for. Most MMA fans think Hendricks lost to Josh Koscheck under a year ago in their fight, but his KO victories over Fitch and Kampmann are nothing to bat an eye at. He has power in his left hand and he does also have his collegiate wrestling to fall back on. That said I think Condit will be harder for Hendricks to knockout than some of his other opponents and I expect Condit’s skills and experience to come to the forefront in this fight as he pulls off the minor upset.
Play: Carlos Condit +115
One thing is for certain in these fights. They will be entertaining and the Bell Centre crowd will be loud. If you are unsure of some of the other bets you can make on these fights check out our MMA page. And I’d also suggest checking out the official UFC 158 site in order to keep up with the news from the card.