Johny Hendricks vs. Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158; St-Pierre vs. Diaz and Condit vs. MacDonald Set

December 15, 2012
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Johny HendricksThe news about UFC 158 has come fast and furious over the past week with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz expected to headline the card and former interim champion Carlos Condit matching up against GSP teammate Rory MacDonald.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship confirmed both of those bouts during the TUF 16 Finale broadcast on Saturday night, but surprisingly revealed another match-up of blockbuster welterweights. Widely regarded top contender Johny Hendricks pairs with Jake Ellenberger to round out welterweight-fest 2013.

Hendricks notched himself as the top contender with a win over Martin Kampmann at UFC 154, while St-Pierre marked his comeback with a win over Condit in the main event.

Nearly everyone’s focus shifted to a possible superfight between St-Pierre and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. As hopes for that fight started to fade, most believed Hendricks would be next up for GSP at 170 pounds, but much to everyone’s surprise, and to a shocked Hendricks, St-Pierre instead called for and received a vendetta fight with currently suspended welterweight Nick Diaz.

“There’s been a lot of talk about who I should fight next but this was really the only choice for me,” said St-Pierre. “He’s made it personal and I personally can’t wait.”

Hendricks was crushed, angered, dismayed.

He’ll quickly buck up and step back in the Octagon any, despite feeling like he was kicked to the curb, by stepping in with Ellenberger, another of the top welterweights in the world, at UFC 158.

Also added to the UFC 158 fight card on Saturday was a middleweight match-up between Patrick Cote and Alessio Sakara.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all the latest UFC 158 news and fight coverage.

  • uncle

    This is looking like a great Card already

  • deon

    now maybe hendrick can stop his crying..

    • chucker.

      his crying really he beat 3 of the best in the ufc he should be the one fighting gsp nt diaz

    • Anthony Lopez

      Your comment leads me to believe that your brain doesn’t function on a normal level

  • chucker.

    gsp by decision …hendrick by ko…. condiot by ko

  • Anthony Lopez

    So Hendricks has to, in theory, move two notches down? Kampman knocks out Ellenberger, Hendricks knocks out Kampman, so Hendricks fights Ellenberger? In what reality does this make sense?

    • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

      That doesn’t mean Ellenberger can’t be Hendricks. Besides even though Henricks just got set back doesn’t mean this won’t be an awesome fight b/c it is still a very good match up.

    • steve

      Ellenberger beat Story who beat……Hendricks. Matchups make fights. That being said, Ellenberger might have suspect chin, Would love to see Thiago Alves and Hendricks stand up

  • chucker.

    its all about the money nw in the ufc nt who the number one contender is

  • GoNoles

    me and my brother was talking about fights to make since gsp was pretty much booked to fight diaz a few days back and i ended up calling the hendricks ellenberger fight, should be sick.

  • Daniel Winge Stride

    hendricks should fight diaz for the chance to fight gsp

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    Sick fight card for the WW division. These 3 fights set up a lot for the future of the division and put everyone in place.