UFC 158: Sean Pierson vs. Rick Story Added to Welterweight Heavy Card
The card is headlined by Georges St-Pierre’s long awaited title defence against Nick Diaz, while Rory MacDonald gets a chance to avenge his loss to Carlos Condit in the co-main.
Pierson adds to the Canadian flavour of the card. A former Toronto police officer, Pierson has gone 2-2 in his last four matches. Having lost two back-to-back fights in 2011 against Jake Ellenberger and Kim Dong Hyun, he did well last year with two wins against Jake Hecht and Lance Benoist.
Going against him is Story who—between 2010 and 2011—was rocketing towards a title shot by winning six straight fights and defeating the likes of Thiago Alves and current top welterweight contender Johny Hendricks.
However, he’s gone 1-3 since, losing to Charlie Brenneman, Martin Kampmann and Demian Maia in his last match, leaving his future at the promotion in a precarious situation.
The remaining fights on the UFC 158 card will also feature Canadian welterweights. Patrick Côté takes on Bobby Voelker, and Jordan Mein takes on Dan Miller.
Côté will be making his welterweight debut after losing to Cung Le last July and then winning by disqualification due to punches to the back of the head against Alessio Sakara. He was expected to rematch Sakara, but has instead decided to drop down a division.
UFC 158 will be a big night for the whole division. Not just because the champion defends his belt once again but because the No. 2 contender, Johny Hendricks, will also be fighting for his shot.
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