The UFC has just announced that a welterweight scrap between Matt Riddle and Greg Soto will complete the roster for their star-studded “UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy” event on March 27th, the organization’s biggest fight card of the year.
Champion Georges St-Pierre will defend his title for the first time since humbling former top contender Thiago Alves at UFC 100 last July. MMA’s nastiest welterweight owns a ridiculous 19-2 pro record and is perfect through his last six scraps.
Dan Hardy holds a 23-6 mark and has won seven straight contests. Although the Brit is riding a sick amount of momentum into the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, he’s never faced a beast like GSP.
An interim heavyweight bout between former two-time champion Frank Mir and undefeated Shane Carwin will co-headline the show. The two will duke it out to determine who gets next crack at reigning king Brock Lesnar.
Spike TV will resume their popular “UFC Prelims” lead-in show to kick off the pay-per-view broadcast. The hour-long show will feature two live preliminary bouts – the 170-pound clash between Ricardo Almeida and Matt Brown, as well as the UFC welterweight debut of Nate Diaz as he meets Rory Markham.
Here is the complete final card:
UFC Welterweight Championship
Georges St-Pierre (c) vs. Dan Hardy
Vacant UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship
Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin
Jake Ellenberger Vs. Ben Saunders
Thiago Alves Vs. Jon Fitch
Mark Bocek Vs. Jim Miller
Ricardo Funch Vs. Matthew Riddle
Tomasz Drwal Vs. Rousimar Palhares
Jared Hamman Vs. Rodney Wallace
Fabricio Camoes Vs. Kurt Pellegrino
Ricardo Almeida Vs. Matt Brown
Nate Diaz Vs. Rory Markham