UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre will face top 170-pound contender Jon Fitch in the main event of UFC 87 “Seek and Destroy”. Additionally, heavyweight Brock Lesnar is now without an opponent for his UFC 87 bout after UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman was forced out of their scheduled heavyweight showdown due to a knee injury.
The UFC announced the lineup changes earlier today.
St-Pierre (16-2), the near-consensus top welterweight in the world, has lost just one of his last 10 bouts while facing some of the stiffest competition in the world. He is currently riding a three fight winning streak. After going 6-1 to start his career inside the octagon, including wins over Sean Sherk, BJ Penn, Frank Trigg, and Jason Miller, St-Pierre submitted UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes early in round two to capture the title. Despite dominating the future UFC hall of famer, St-Pierre was upset by Matt Serra in his first sttempted title defense. After defeating Josh Koscheck at UFC 74 in August, St-Pierre claimed the Interim UFC welterweight title with a win over Hughes as UFC 79 in December. He now returns to the octagon for his first title defense since reclaiming the welterweight belt from Serra at UFC 83 in April.
“Heâ€™s a very, very tough guy,” said St-Pierre of Fitch in the release. “Iâ€™m gonna have to train hard and be very well prepared because he may be my toughest fight yet.”
Fitch (17-2) started his MMA career with a mediocre 2-2 record with one no contest but has since proved his top contender status, winning 15-straight MMA bouts including 8-straight inside the octagon. He’s defeated Brock Larson, Josh Burkman, Thiago Alves, Kuniyoshi Hironaka, Luigi Fioravanti, Roan Carneiro, Diego Sanchez, and, most-recently, Chris Wilson at UFC 82 in March. After tying Royce Gracie for the longest winning streak in the UFC, Fitch is now set for his shot at UFC gold.
“The whole goal is to get the belt and be in the position where guys canâ€™t duck me, run away, or say they donâ€™t want to fight me,” said Fitch of the UFC’s welterweight champion in the announcement. “If I have the belt, thereâ€™s no excuse, and if you say youâ€™re the best, then weâ€™re gonna fight. This is gonna be a tough fight, but Iâ€™m gonna make sure Iâ€™m sharp that night, and wherever the fight needs to go, thatâ€™s fine with me.”
A new opponent for former professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar is expected to be announced shortly.
Also on the card, top lightweights Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta will clash for a likely 155-pound title shot.
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