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Next to UFC 148 this weekend’s fight between Georges St. Pierre and Carlos Condit may be the most anticipated fight of the year. St. Pierre is back in the cage for the first time in 19 months to face the interim welterweight champion, Condit, to unify the belt. This may be the biggest fight of the year and could set up an Anderson Silva-St. Pierre fight at Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

Main Event:

Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit (Welterweight Title Unification Bout)

What a tough fight for St. Pierre to come back to in Condit. He is coming off a ACL injury and looking to show everyone again that he is the top welterweight in the world. This is a tough fight to call and let’s look at why Condit can pull off the upset. he key for GSP will be to utilize his wrestling and superior boxing.  The needs to work the jab and impose a smart game plan to earn the victory.

1. GSP’s ACL injury

Ring rust is a real thing. St. Pierre hasn’t fought in 19 months and with this much time off from fighting it will be interesting to see how he does in this fight. If that knee is not 100% this could be a very long night for the champion. Even if the knee is fine, let’s remember the months where St. Pierre was rehabbing Condit was training for a fight with the champion.

2. Condit is a killer

Except for the fight with Nick Diaz that Condit earned the belt Condit has has been an absolute killer. He’s finished 26 of 28 opponents and done it in very impressive fashion. Condit has outstanding jiu-jitsu and huge power in his hands. He is not just a boxer either, Condit has outstanding Muay Thai and can finish it with knees just ask Dong Hyun Kim.

3. Condit knows GSP’s game plan

They have trained at Jackson’s MMA together. While Condit and GSP have never trained together, they both know each other’s game and Condit stated that he has been training for this fight with St. Pierre for years.

This fight has all the makings of an upset. St. Pierre is fresh off a knee injury and wants to go for the finish, but that could be risky getting into a brawl with Condit. We have so many questions going into this fight. Is GSP healthy? Can Condit knockout St. Pierre? Will a possible fight with Silva looming distract GSP?

Co-Main Event

Martin Kampmann vs. Johny Hendricks

This fight looks like it could be a possible No. 1 contender bout for the chance to face the winner of St. Pierre-Condit featuring two of the most dynamic fighters in the welterweight division.

Hendricks has huge power in his left hand that he showed in knockout wins over Jon Fitch and Amir Sadollah. He is also an outstanding wrestler that can choose where the fight goes.

Kampmann is a brawler with great all around skills. He’s taken huge shots from some top welterweights and come back to win, but can he do it in this fight.

Will Kampmann be able to take the shots from Hendricks in this fight without getting finished? He’s been in trouble before, but persevered to earn a victory. If Kampmann keeps this standing and using his dynamic striking, he can earn a win, but if he gets clipped by Hendricks, will he be able to take it and not get knocked out.

Fight Card:

Main Card:

Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit

Martin Kampmann vs. Johny Hendricks

Francis Carmont vs. Tom Lawlor

Nick Ring vs. Costa Philippou

Mark Hominick vs. Pablo Garza

FX Prelims:

Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara

Cyrille Diabate vs. Chad Griggs

Mark Bocek vs. Rafael Dos Anjos

Sam Stout vs. John Makdessi

Facebook Prelims:

Antonio Carvalho vs. Rodrigo Damm

Matthew Riddle vs. John Maguire

Ivan Menjivar vs. Azamat Gashimov

Steven Siler vs. Darren Elkins

Tags: Carlos Condit Georges St. Pierre

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