Georges St-Pierre returns to the Octagon

Georges St-Pierre returns to his hometown of Montreal to kick off the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s UFC 154 this Saturday, Nov. 17, live on Pay-Per-View.

St-Pierre has not been inside the Octagon in over 18 months. However, if he beats interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit, this fight could pave the way for the much-anticipated superfight with Anderson Silva.

All bouts will be shown live via Pay-Per-View, FX channel and facebook.com/ufc

Main Card

Georges “Rush” St-Pierre vs. Carlos “Natural Born Killer” Condit

Georges St-Pierre – Quebec, 5-11, 170 pounds, 22-2-0 (Welterweight Champion)
Carlos Condit – Albuquerque, N.M., 6-2, 170 pounds, 28-5-0 (Interim Welterweight Champion)

Georges St-Pierre will face his toughest opponent to date, and it won’t be his opponent, Carlos Condit, who no doubt will be staring death into his eyes from across the Octagon. It will be the dreaded “ring rust,” as 566 days will have passed since the last time St-Pierre stepped foot into the UFC Octagon.

That is enough to affect the best of fighters. With that said, St-Pierre is the elite of the elite, so it may not be a problem.

Carlos Condit is amazingly well-rounded and is no doubt at the height of his career. To win this fight, however, he will have to capitalize on his momentum and St-Pierre’s long layoff.

St-Pierre by Unanimous Decision

Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann vs. Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks

Martin Kampmann – Aarhus, Denmark, 6-0, 170, 20-5-0
Johny Hendricks – Ada, Okla., 5-9, 170 pounds, 13-1-0

A No. 1 contender bout is on the line, and it could not be more deservingly so for these two bruisers. Kampmann has been around for a while, and this will be his second chance at a No. 1 contender spot. Even though this will be Hendricks’ first time, Kampmann will clearly be the underdog in this bout.

Both men have excellent stand-up, but Hendricks will have the clear advantage on the ground. He has only lost once by decision and is the second person to ever knockout Jon Fitch. Hendricks did this in 12 seconds, while no other fighter in the UFC has ever been able to stop Fitch prior to a decision.

Hendricks by TKO (Strikes)

Francis Carmont vs. Tom Lawlor

Francis “Limitless” Carmont – Paris, 6-3, 185 pounds, 19-7-0
Tom “Filthy” Lawlor – Fall River, Mass., 6-0, 185 pounds, 8-4-0

Lawlor by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Nick “The Promise” Ring vs. Constantinos “Costa” Philippou

Nick Ring – Cedar Falls, Iowa, 6-1, 185 pounds, 13-1-0
Constantinos Philippou – Limassol, Cyprus, 5-11, 185 pounds, 11-2-0

Philippou by Split Decision

Mark “The Machine” Hominick vs. Pablo “The Scarecrow” Garza

Mark Hominick – Ontario, Canada, 5-8, 145 pounds, 20-11-0
Pablo Garza – Wasco, Calif., 6-1, 145 pounds, 12-3-0

Hominick by Unanimous Decision

Undercard: Free on FX Channel

Patrick “The Predator” Cote vs. Alessio “Legionarius” Sakara

Cote by Split Decision

Cyrille “The Snake” Diabate vs. Chad “The Grave Digger” Griggs

Diabate by Unanimous Decision

Mark Bocek vs. Rafael Dos Anjos

Dos Anjos by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout vs. John Makdessi

Stout by Unanimous Decision

Live on facebook.com/ufc

Antonio “Pato” Carvalho vs. Rodrigo Damm

Damm by Submission (Triangle Choke)

Matthew Riddle vs. John Maguire

Riddle by Unanimous Decision

Ivan Menjivar vs. Azamat Gashimov

Menjivar by Unanimous Decision

Steven “Super” Siler vs. Darren “The Damage” Elkins

Elkins by Unanimous Decision