UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is riding a five-year, nine-fight winning streak that has seen the 30-year-old Canadian defeat the likes of Matt Hughes, Jon Fitch, BJ Penn, Josh Koscheck (twice) and Jake Shields. Along the way, the Montreal native has captivated fans worldwide with his explosive takedowns and dominant performances inside the Octagon.
On Saturday, Oct. 29 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, GSP meets a man whose nearly four-year, 10-fight unbeaten streak has many believing that he could be the world’s best 170-pound fighter. In the main event of UFC 137, St-Pierre meets Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz, the aggressive, no-nonsense southpaw on a mission to lay claim to UFC gold.
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has a resume that speaks for itself. With 22 wins and only two defeats, the 30-year-old holds two wins over Hall of Famer Matt Hughes, two victories over future Hall of Famer BJ Penn, as well as notable victories over the likes of Jon Fitch, Jake Shields and Dan Hardy.
During his reign as Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz (fighting out of Stockton, Calif.) defeated archrival KJ Noons and finished both Evangelista Santos and Paul Daley en route to becoming the organization’s best 170-pound fighter. Returning to the UFC for the first time since 2006, Diaz – whose brother Nate is also a UFC competitor – has zoned in on doing what only two others have ever done – defeat Georges St-Pierre.
“He must be pretty good because he keeps winning and people think he’s the best welterweight out there,” Diaz, who owns a record of 26-7-1, said. “His physical strength lets him take the fight where he wants it to go. He comes to the fight in shape and tries to dictate the pace. But this fight means I can represent my team and showcase my skills. It means I can prove I’m the best.”
UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Diaz takes place on October 29, 2011 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $1000, $750, $500, $300, $200 and $100. Tickets will be available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges.
UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets tomorrow Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m PT via ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers this Thursday, Sept. 8, starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.