On November 17th 2012, Georges St-Pierre will make his long awaited return to action after an 18 month absence from action. Opposing and looking to dethrone the Champion will be former WEC Welterweight champ and the current Interim Champion Carlos Condit. Condit began his UFC career with a split decision loss to Martin Kampmann, but has since gone on significant run establishing himself as the top contender for the title.
With St-Pierre’s return comes a lot of questions about his ability to perform and as in the case with all UFC champion coming off injury there are no warm up fights. Carlos Condit will offer GSP arguably his toughest challenge to date with dangerous knockout power and a lethal ground game. If the Canadian is not at his best we could very well a new man atop the Welterweight division for the first time since 2007 when Matt Serra shocked the world and defeated Georges.
In the co-main event of the evening the last man to beat Carlos Condit, Martin Kampmann, will go head to head with Johny Hendricks in a bout to determine the next challenger for the 170 pound title. After dropping back to back fights Martin Kampmann defeated Rick Story, Thiago Alves, and Jake Ellenberger to move back into contention. Opposing Kampmann, Johny Hendricks has been equally as impressive defeating a pair of former title challengers in Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch during his assent of the divisional rankings. Fighting in a title eliminator brings a whole new level of pressure as the winner takes the next step in their career and the loser is cast back down the rankings to once again attempt to climb back up.
Rounding out the main card, Francis Carmont surprise success in the Middleweight division will be put to the test against solid veteran an Ultimate Fighter Alumni Tom Lawlor. Carmont has started his UFC career with 3 straight wins, including a pair of submission victories, but Tom Lawlor will provide stiff opposition for the native of France in his push for a fourth win. A second pairing of Middleweights sees Costa Philippou battle Canadian-raised Nick Ring. Much like the winner of the Carmont/ Lawlor battle, the winner of this fight will position themselves to make the move to the upper echelon of competition in the 185 pound division. Finally, Mark Hominick will try to return to his winning ways when he battles Pablo Garza. Hominick, former title challenger has faced significant adversity in his last couple of outings since his meeting with Jose Aldo and needs a win here in the worst way.
The Prelims are headlined by a pair of fights almost guaranteed to provide fireworks as Alessio Sakara meets Patrick Cote and Cyrille Diabate battles former Heavyweight Chad Griggs. Also on the prelims, Mark Bocek and Raphael Dos Anjos faceoff looking to establish themselves in the top 10 of the Lightweight division, Sam Stout meets John Makdessi, and a foursome of intriguing battles kick off the night on Facebook.
Do not miss this event, as 2012 comes to a conclusion UFC 154 is a clear indication that the UFC has left some of its best action for last. Will GSP remain the champion? Will Carlos Condit rise to the occasion? Will Anderson Silva challenge a victorious St-Pierre after the fight? All questions that well will have answered on November 17th. As always make sure you check out all of the UFC 154 predictions and purchase your UFC 154 Bet Packs here at Kamikazeoverdrive.net.
Welterweight Georges St-Pierre (C) vs.Carlos Condit
Welterweight Johny Hendricks vs Martin Kampmann
Middleweight Tom Lawlor vs Francis Carmont
Middleweight Nick Ring vs Costa Philippou
Featherweight Mark Hominick vs Pablo Garza
Preliminary Card (FX)
Middleweight Patrick Côté vs. Alessio Sakara
Light Heavyweight Cyrille Diabaté vs.Chad Griggs
Lightweight Mark Bocek vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Lightweight Sam Stout vs. John Makdessi
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Featherweight Antonio Carvalho vs. Rodrigo Damm
Welterweight Matthew Riddle vs. John Maguire
Bantamweight Ivan Menjivar vs. Azamat Gashimov
Featherweight Steven Siler vs. Darren Elkins