It's been 20 years of caged combat inside the UFC's famed Octagon—an occasion that'll appropriately be celebrated with the return of the organization's champion extraordinaire, Georges St-Pierre.
It might be a tale you've heard several times over the course of St-Pierre's unprecedented welterweight title reign, but on Saturday night, Hendricks seems to be the manifestation of all the right qualities to give the French Canadian icon loads of trouble.
Beyond defeating the opponent standing across the cage from him, St-Pierre will also look to secure a few more records to his name—if he outperforms Hendricks at UFC 167, St-Pierre will have the most total victories and most title-bout victories of any fighter to ever compete under the Zuffa banner.
There's no denying that there'll be more on the line than your routine title fight.
And just think—Rashad Evans, Chael Sonnen, Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler will all make appearances before the main event even manages to get underway.
When we speak of "stacked fight cards," this is what we're referring to.
Let's take a look at all of the dynamics and content needed to prepare you for the 20th anniversary special, UFC 167.
Main Card (pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET)
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre vs. challenger Johny Hendricks
Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen
Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler
Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley
Tim Elliott vs. Ali Bagautinov
Televised Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)
Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham
Ed Herman vs. Thales Leites
Brian Ebersole vs. Rick Story
Erik Perez vs. Edwin Figueroa
Online Preliminary Card (Facebook/YouTube at 6:30 p.m. ET)
Jason High vs. Anthony Lapsley
Will Campuzano vs. Sergio Pettis
Cody Donovan vs. Gian Villante
*Fight card and airing times courtesy of UFC.com.
- Amount of time the main event must last for Georges St-Pierre to hold the record for the most total fight time in UFC history: 40 seconds
- Georges St-Pierre's reach advantage over Johny Hendricks: 7 inches
- Number of knockdowns shared by Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks: 8 knockdowns
- Number of times Georges St-Pierre has been knocked down: 3 times
- Number of times Johny Hendricks has been knocked down: 0
- Georges St-Pierre significant strike rate: 7 strikes attempted per minute
- Georges St-Pierre takedown success rate vs. Johny Hendricks takedown success rate: 75 percent vs. 50 percent
- Georges St-Pierre takedown defense rate vs Johny Hendricks takedown defense rate: 88 percent vs 63 percent
- Percent of the time Georges St-Pierre is in control when a fight hits the ground: 94 percent
- Combined total MMA victories between Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen: 52
- Percent of Robbie Lawler's wins that have come by way of knockout: 86 percent
- Average percent of the time Robbie Lawler or Rory MacDonald go to decision: 15 percent
- Tyron Woodley's takedown defense rate: 94 percent
Georges St-Pierre: -260 favorite over challenger Johny Hendricks +200.
Rashad Evans: -185 favorite over Chael Sonnen +150.
Rory MacDonald: -365 favorite over Robbie Lawler +275.
Tyron Woodley/Josh Koscheck: Even at -115.
Tim Elliott: -150 favorite over Ali Bagautinov +120.
*Fight odds via Bovada
For die-hard MMA fans, is there a better way to celebrate 20 years of UFC fights than with even more fights?
Well, to continue the theme of going above and beyond for such a momentous occasion, the UFC promotional team has released a pair of apropos free fights to build the anticipation for Saturday night.
In late 2004, St-Pierre faced off against then-reigning champ Matt Hughes for the 170-pound strap. He failed to capture it—Hughes tapped him with an armbar just shy of the first-round buzzer. Two years later, St-Pierre climbed the ladder high enough for a rematch. When they squared off again, he dropped Hughes with a head kick and landed enough elbows to claim the championship.
In his fourth UFC bout, Hendricks used Brenneman as a prime target to display his killer instinct. After sending Brenneman into full-auto defense mode with a looping haymaker, Hendricks swarmed and didn't stop throwing punches until the referee had seen enough.