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Soojooko 11-23-2009 08:31 AM

Georges St Pierre vs. Dan Hardy to Headline UFC 109?
 
http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2009/11/2...-headline-ufc?

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With a potential middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort looking less and less likely for UFC 109, on Super Bowl Weekend in early February in Las Vegas, the Zuffa brass have been struggling to find ways around the injury bug that has been plaguing the company lately and forcing an unprecedent number of feature fights to be re-shuffled. Although rumored fights featuring Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman and Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen, along with the participation of Matt Hughes, are likely to pan out for the UFC 109 main card, none of these make for a compelling main event. It now appears that the UFC will turn to their welterweight superstar and a rising British stud to fill that spot.

UFC President Dana White has been dropping hints lately, and if we put the pieces of the puzzle together, it appears that UFC 109 will be headlined by Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy for the welterweight championship.

Shortly after Dan Hardy dominated Mike Swick en-route to a unanimous decision win at UFC 105 last weekend, White confirmed that the Brit had earned the next title shot. A few days later, when asked about potential locations for the fight, White had this to say in an interview with MMA Weekly:

"I honestly donít know where it will be, but it could end up being in Vegas," said White. "Brits have no problem going to Vegas. Itís packed every time Ricky Hatton fights there. Weíll see, probably Vegas though."

Yesterday, at a pre-UFC 106 Q & A session for UFC Fan Club members, White stated, according to Sherdog:

GSP-Hardy will be in February.

There are two February cards currently scheduled: 109 in Vegas on 2/6, and the promotion's Australian debut at UFC 110 on 2/21. Obviously, only of those cards is the Vegas location that Dana referred to in the response to MMA Weekly, so it looks like we'll be seeing GSP-Hardy at 109. If that assumption pans out, the card will likely look something like this:

Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy - welterweight championship

Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman

Matt Hughes vs. TBA

Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen

Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg



Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller

Rolles Gracie vs. Mostapha Al-Turk

Rob Emerson vs. Philippe Nover

Ronnys Torres vs. Melvin Guillard

With superstars and legends GSP, Couture, and Hughes all on the same Super Bowl weekend card, the event could have the potential to do huge PPV numbers. We'll keep you updated as more news develops, but 109 is starting to look very interesting...provided that the injury curse doesn't strike again.

Sounds early... but great if it happens. I reckon GSP is gagging to fight somebody.

hellholming 11-23-2009 08:45 AM

man, if that becomses reality, that is a great card!

Bob Pataki 11-23-2009 09:53 AM

Dan Hardy isn't quite Ricky Hatton though, everyone in the UK knows who Hatton is.

Soojooko 11-23-2009 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Bob Pataki (Post 1051000)
Dan Hardy isn't quite Ricky Hatton though, everyone in the UK knows who Hatton is.

Indeed. Hatton had 30000 odd travel to Vegas. I'm not sure how many actually got in to watch the fight. I think Danas point was that UK fans are willing to travel to watch their favourite fighters.

Sicilian_Esq 11-23-2009 12:18 PM

Great card for the educated fans, but a weak card for PPV #'s. Plus, if it is Superbowl weekend, they'll need something more to pump up the draw for the casual fans.

Vale_Tudo 11-23-2009 12:24 PM

Ok, they need to do Hughes vs Koscheck on this card!

Bzaal 11-23-2009 12:41 PM

If the event will be packed in Vegas, it's more likely to be becouse of GSP, not Hardy.

machidaisgod 11-23-2009 12:49 PM

Its weak, they shouldn't be trying to sell this and I am not buying. Too many senior circuit guys...no HWS...too many ppvs - either the price should be lowered or less imho...and what no Jardine??

swpthleg 11-23-2009 01:42 PM

Vegas is a logical choice, and for some reason the atmosphere when there's fights there, is unbelievable.

Can't wait to see GSP throw down again. Hardy is hungry and it'll be a war.

HitOrGetHit 11-23-2009 02:31 PM

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Originally Posted by swpthleg (Post 1051156)
Vegas is a logical choice, and for some reason the atmosphere when there's fights there, is unbelievable.

Can't wait to see GSP throw down again. Hardy is hungry and it'll be a war.

I think that it could be a war. I'm not sure that it will be though. I mean GSP has dominated people way above Hardy's level. He has faced people who have great standup and he dominstes them.

I believe that Hardy has a chance. But it is a punchers chance. I think GSP will use his wrestling to dominate again.


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