UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz will try to settle “unfinished business” in part of a high-powered welterweight triple-header at UFC 158 in Montreal.
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The meeting, announced by the UFC on Saturday, will take place at the Bell Centre on March 16 and also will feature four more top welterweights — Carlos Condit against Rory MacDonald, as well as Johny Hendricks against Jake Ellenberger.
“Georges St-Pierre asked to fight Nick Diaz because he knows they have unfinished business, and Nick Diaz agrees,” UFC president Dana White said in a news release.
The pair were scheduled to meet at UFC 137, but a series of events, including an injury to St-Pierre and White yanking Diaz from the main event, prevented that matchup.
St-Pierre (23-2) returned in November from an 18-month absence because of injury to unify the 170-pound division by defeating Condit at UFC 154.
“There’s been a lot of talk about who I should fight next, but this was really the only choice for me,” St-Pierre said in the release. “He’s made it personal, and I personally can’t wait.”
For Diaz (27-8-1), whose yearlong suspension for marijuana use is scheduled to finish in February, UFC 158 is what he’s been waiting for.
“This is the fight I want,” Diaz said in the release. “I want to go out there and beat Georges St-Pierre in Montreal and show that I’m the best welterweight in the world.”
In the other announced UFC 158 bouts, MacDonald (14-1) will to avenge his only career loss against Condit (28-6), who beat MacDonald with a TKO late in the third round at UFC 115. And top contender Hendricks (14-1), coming off a knockout win over Martin Kampmann, will face Ellenberger (28-6).
Finally, middleweight Alessio Sakara (19-10, 1 NC) gets a shot at revenge against hometown favorite Patrick Côté (19-8). The pair met at UFC 154 in Montreal in a bout that saw Sakara suffer a disqualification loss for landing multiple strikes to the back of Côté’s head.