Report: Georges St-Pierre to Defend UFC Title Against Johny Hendricks on Nov. 16

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Report: Georges St-Pierre to Defend UFC Title Against Johny Hendricks on Nov. 16
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The question finally has an answer, and the answer is yes.

Let me fill in a few more details if that is a bit too vague. Yes, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will fight top-ranked Johny Hendricks.

Yes, the fight does have a date, and that date is Nov. 16.

Yes, the fight has a location: Las Vegas, Nev.

No, the fight does not have a venue yet.

Ariel Helwani broke the news of St-Pierre’s impending title defense on Tuesday’s episode of UFC Tonight.

St-Pierre (24-2) last fought at UFC 158, defeating Nick Diaz by unanimous decision in front of a hometown crowd in Montreal’s Bell Centre. The win was St-Pierre’s eighth consecutive defense of the title. It was also his fourth consecutive fight in his home country of Canada.

When St-Pierre steps into the Octagon in Las Vegas in November, it will be the first time he has fought outside of Canada since defending his title against Dan Hardy in N.J. at UFC 111.

The last time St-Pierre competed in Las Vegas was in July 2009.  In that bout, he defeated Thiago Alves by unanimous decision.

Hendricks’ (15-1) last fight was also at UFC 158. Hendricks defeated Carlos Condit on that card, running his unbeaten streak to six consecutive fights.

Helwani also noted that the November event featuring St-Pierre and Hendricks will also serve as the UFC’s 20th anniversary event.

The UFC had hoped to hold the event in Madison Square Garden, but the failure of New York state to legalize MMA made that dream impossible, as Newsday's Mark La Monica explains.

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