The featured bouts scheduled for UFC 158 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada are packed with quality welterweights and big-time names in the sport of MMA.
The main event features one of the all-time greats in welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre taking on Nick Diaz. The bad blood between these two men doesn't appear to be fabricated or overblown for the sake of hyping a fight.
It seems the hatred is mutual and very real.
Combine the fact that both GSP and Diaz are amazingly talented and you have an especially intriguing bout setup for the main event.
The co-main event shouldn't be overlooked either.
Johny Hendricks has been flattening top-level welterweights for the last two years, and if you ask me, he should be the one facing GSP on Saturday night, but that's another story.
At any rate, watching Hendricks battle Carlos Condit is still an acceptable co-feature and should be a huge test for both men. It's quite possible that we could see the winners of both these fights face each other very soon.
Many of us have our opinions on who will emerge victorious from these two exciting battles at 170 pounds. I see GSP and Hendricks coming out on top, and I'm sure there are MMA fans that favor Diaz and Condit.
But I thought it would be interesting (as usual) to see what the most current, and respected MMA simulation video game would predict with both matchups. I used THQ's UFC Undisputed 3 to simulate the fights.
This will be the final UFC game produced by THQ, the company filed bankruptcy, per the Los Angeles Times and the UFC license was one of the first to go.
EA Sports will be producing UFC games moving forward, per USA TODAY.
Unfortunately, I had to use a created version of Johny Hendricks because he wasn't included in the real game. That said, a gamer named Super Bat Begins created a pretty spot-on version of "Big Rigg" for the community to download.
He didn't have any ratings, so I had to add those in.
I made sure he was extremely heavy-handed and a very solid wrestler. Here is how the simulation went:
As you can see, the game didn't produce the results I predict will happen, but then again, it is possible a more authentically created Hendricks may have fared better.
As for the main event, take a look at the simulation of the bitter battle between GSP and Diaz:
Which predictions will be more accurate?
According to UFC Undisputed 3, I will be wrong about the main event as well. Diaz out-fought GSP to take his belt. I can only imagine what the atmosphere would be like in the Bell Centre if that happens.
There is a ton at stake for GSP fighting for the title against a bitter rival and in front of his hometown crowd to boot.
Check out the real event on Saturday to see who's right, man or machine?