On November 16, 2013, Georges St-Pierre will step into the Octagon to defend his welterweight title against the power-punching Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in Las Vegas.
The card has been under construction for a while, but now it is finished, according to MMAJunkie.com. UFC 167 looks like it has the makings to be one of the best events in a long time.
Opening the night will be the first UFC appearance of submission ace and ADCC standout Robert Drysdale, who brings a 6-0 MMA record to the Octagon, not to mention a fair amount of hype. This will precede the debut of Sergio Pettis, younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. The younger Pettis brings an undefeated record of 9-0 into the UFC along with some high expectations.
The Ultimate Fighter 3 finalist Ed Herman will square off against one-time middleweight title contender Thales Leites. In addition, Donald Cerrone will tangle with Evan Dunham in what could be the bout that steals the show, which is good news for fans tuning into the Fox Sports 1 undercard.
On the main card, Josh Koscheck will make his return against Tyron Woodley. Koscheck has dropped his last two bouts and is sure to be chomping at the bit to get back to winning form.
Then, Robbie Lawler will bring his fight-stopping fists into a contest against rising star Rory MacDonald in one of the most anticipated fights in the welterweight division. Lawler is on a two-fight win streak in the UFC, after defeating Bobby Voelker via KO and Josh Koscheck via TKO. Against MacDonald, he’ll have to be ready for a younger fighter who has won five straight and is thought to be the heir apparent to St-Pierre.
In the co-main event slot, Rashad Evans will throw down with the one-and-only Chael Sonnen. In the headliner, reigning champion St-Pierre will face Hendricks for the welterweight crown. If St-Pierre wins, it will mark his ninth successful title defense, which will be a record for the division.
Main Card (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks (for the UFC Welterweight Championship)
Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen (Light Heavyweight)
Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald (Welterweight)
Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley (Welterweight)
Ali Bagautinov vs. Tim Elliot (flyweight)
Undercard (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham (Lightweight)
Ed Herman vs. Thales Leites (Middleweight)
Brian Ebersole vs. Rick Story (Welterweight)
Edwin Figueroa vs. Erik Perez (Bantamweight)
Preliminary Card (Facebook/YouTube, 6:45 p.m. ET)
Jason High vs. Anthony Lapsley (Welterweight)
Vaughan Lee vs. Sergio Pettis (Bantamweight)
Cody Donovan vs. Robert Drysdale (Light Heavyweight)