As we reported yesterday, the UFC officially announced that two-time UFC welterweight champion and Montreal native Georges St-Pierre will go home to Montreal to face No. 1 contender Josh Koscheck at UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck on Saturday, December 11, 2010.
“I love this fight,” UFC President Dana White said. “GSP is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and Josh Koscheck is not the same fighter Georges fought last time. There is no doubt that this is a title fight between the two best 170-pounders in the world. Koscheck told the people of Montreal he’s going to walk into Georges’ hometown and take the title. This fight is going to blow the roof off the Bell Centre.”
One of the greatest champions in UFC history, Georges St-Pierre (20-2) has the speed of a lightweight and the takedown power of a light heavyweight. A man that didn’t even wrestle in high school, the 29-year-old welterweight champion has become one of the greatest pure wrestlers/grapplers in the UFC. Exciting wherever the fight goes, the Montreal native is currently riding a seven-fight win streak with names that include UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Jon Fitch, Matt Serra, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy and Koscheck. In their first meeting, GSP earned a hard-fought unanimous decision against the versatile Koscheck at UFC 74 in 2007 but many in the MMA community have since asked for the inevitable rematch of their exciting battle.
“I’m so happy that I get to fight Josh Koscheck in front of my home crowd,” St-Pierre said. “He was very disrespectful during the filming of The Ultimate Fighter® and I didn’t say a word. Now on December 11, I get to answer back with my fists. Last time I fought in Montreal, it was so loud the Octagon was shaking. I know the crowd will be even louder for this fight.”
UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck takes place on Saturday, December 11 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.