UFC 158: St. Pierre vs. Diaz set for March 16 in Montreal

UFC officials have announced a welterweight tripleheader for March 16 in Montreal at UFC 158. UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will take on Nick Diaz in the main event.

Also, welterweights Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald will rematch with Johny Hendricks taking on Jake Ellenberger to complete the tripleheader.

Georges St. Pierre is coming off a dominant unanimous decision win over Carlos Condit at UFC 154. St. Pierre was out of action for over a  year after blowing out his ACL last December while preparing to face Condit at UFC 137. He was originally scheduled to face Nick Diaz before Diaz was pulled from the championship match due to not attending promotional press conferences.

Diaz then replaced St. Pierre after the injury occurred to face Condit for the UFC interim welterweight title at UFC 137. Condit won the bout via controversial judges decision, and Diaz was suspended for a year due to testing positive for marijuana metabolites.

Rory MacDonald was just seen re-retiring BJ Penn at the UFC on FOX 5 show earlier this month. He then called out Carlos Condit in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, citing he wanted to avenge his lone loss which came courtesy of Condit at UFC 115.

Johny Hendricks posterized Martin Kampmann at the UFC on FOX 5 event in less than a minute. Hendricks is the rightful number one contender, but St. Pierre wants to fight Diaz since they were originally supposed to fight at UFC 137. He’ll be taking on Jake Ellenberger who took a close unanimous decision win in his last outing over MMA veteran Jay Hieron.

The rematch between Alessio Sakara and Patrick Cote has also been announced for this card. Sakara and Cote first fought at UFC 154, with Sakara stunning Cote and knocking him out. However, it was deemed that several of the punches landed illegally to the back of Cote’s head and the bout was ruled a DQ loss for Sakara.

Tickets for UFC: St. Pierre vs. Diaz will go on sale to the general public Saturday, January 19 at 10 a.m. ET. More information regarding the UFC® 158 on-sale, ticket prices and the fight card will be announced next month.

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