UFC 167: St-Pierre vs Hendricks Predictions- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA
With Anderson Silva’s Middleweight title rein coming to a end earlier this year, is the greatest Welterweight champion in UFC history’s run atop the division next to fall? Georges St-Pierre is the longest defending current champion the UFC has to offer, but Johnny Hendricks is intent on taking that title on November 16th in the main event of UFC 167. Hendricks has floored top ranked opponents Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch in quick fashion and is coming off an impressive decision win over former Interim-title champion Carlos Condit.
GSP’s first tenure as champion was abruptly ended by a Matt Serra’ brutal right hand and it has haunted the Canadian ever since, even after taking his title back in dominant fashion. The question of St-Pierre’s ability to take a punch could be answered this Saturday. Unfortunately for the champion, if his chin is put to the test by the challenger the odds are we will have a new champion after this weekend. The manner in which Hendricks has been able to dispatch his opponent with just a single punch makes it hard to believe that the champion would be able to survive a flush shot. Conversely, the champion has built his career on his ability to take away his opponent’s most dangerous weapons and that is what he will look to do in the main event of UFC 167. Will we have a new champion or will GSP once again leave the cage with the gold?
205lbs- C. Daniel Cormier (18-1-0) vs #1 Anthony Johnson (22-5-0)
Total Votes: 73
170lbs- Thiago Alves (26-12-0) vs Patrick Cote (24-10-0)
Total Votes: 61
In the co-main event, former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans battles 2-time Middleweight and one time Light Heavyweight title challenger Chael Sonnen. Both men are coming off victories and are looking to re-establish themselves at the top of the division. Sonnen is 6-3 over his last 9 bouts, with his 3 losses all coming in title fights against Jon Jones and Anderson Silva (2). Conversely, he has racked up wins over significant names like Shogun Rua, Michael Bisping, Yushin Okami, and Nate Marquardt during that span. If Rashad Evans were to defeat Chael he would join an impressive grouping of fighters, but if the brash trash talking ‘American Gangster’ were to prevail he would no doubt thrust himself back into title contention, arguably more likely at Middleweight should he consider a drop and Anderson Silva be denied his title in the rematch. This has the makings of a great all or nothing fight for both men, one will get it all and the other will be left with nothing.
155lbs- Will Brooks (18-2-0) vs Charles Oliveira (21-7-0 1NC)
Total Votes: 58
145lbs- Myles Jury (15-2-0) vs Mike De La Torre (14-6-0 1NC)
Total Votes: 64
Also on the five fight main card is a trio of entertaining bouts involving a quartet of Welterweights and two rising Flyweights. Deemed the heir to the Welterweight thrown, Rory MacDonald has been biding his time by knocking off opponent after opponent. Despite a lackluster performance, he emerge victorious over Jake Ellenberger and is now on a collision course with the hard hitting knockout artist Robbie Lawler. Lawler is the type of fighter that many hope will push and test the young Canadian forcing him to rise to his true potential or crumple under the weight of expectations. Needless to say this is a big fight for both men.
Former title challenger Josh Koscheck has seen his position slip in the division, falling from the Top 10 of the division after a 2 fight losing streak. Tyron Woodley would love to build his climb into the Top 10 off a win over Koscheck, and restart his momentum that was temporarily halted by a decision defeat against Jake Shields. Koscheck has transitioned from young hungry lion, to a battle test vet looking to hold onto his claim, can he fend off the young challenger or will he be sent further down the rankings?
Kicking off the main card, Tim Elliot has been riding a wave of momentum after dropping his UFC debut to the top ranked John Dodson. Since then he has put together a pair of impressive performances, and is now being considered a dark horse in the division. Ali Bagautinov debuted with a thumping knockout of Marcos Vincius and with a successful follow performance against Elliot he will no doubt enter his name into the growing list of viable title challengers in the expanding Flyweight division.
170lbs- #11 Kamaru Usman (9-1-0) vs Sean Strickland (18-1-0)
Total Votes: 64
145lbs- Shane Burgos (8-0-0) vs Charles Rosa (11-2-0)
Total Votes: 58
The preliminary card is headlined by a fantastic Lightweight bout between #10 ranked Donald Cerrone and Evan Dunham. Cerrone has forecasted a drop to Featherweight following this bout and Dunham would love nothing more then to usher him out the door, while taking his place in the rankings at the same time. Also on the prelims, Ed Herman battles Thales Leites at Middlweight and Rick Story is back in action, welcoming the long laid off Brian Ebersole back to the Octagon. You can also see Erik Perez, Edwin Figueroa, and Jason High in action, along with the debut of Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis’s younger bother, Sergio Pettis.
Top to bottom, UFC 167 is a fantastic card and could be headlined by a historical Welterweight bout and changing of the guard, or another notch in the belt of the greatest 170 pounder to ever walk the earth. Tune in this Saturday to see all of the action, but before the bell sounds make sure you watch the latest episode of Kamikaze Overdrive MMA Predictions and read the most recent preliminary prediction postings to get the inside edge on who will walk out of the cage with the win. Enjoy the fights!
Georges St-Pierre vs Johnny Hendricks
Rashad Evans vs Chael Sonnen
Rory MacDonald vs Robbie Lawler
Josh Koscheck vs Tyron Woodley
Tim Elliot vs Ali Bagautinov
Donald Cerrone vs Evan Dunham
Ed Herman vs Thales Leites
Brian Ebersole vs Rick Story
Edwin Figueroa vs Erik Perez
Jason High vs Anthony Lapsley
Sergio Petti vs Will Campuzano
Cody Donovan vs. Gian Villante
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