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UFC 158: Main Card Preview

The UFC returns to Canada with a 12 fight card this weekend. Five fights are set for the main card, which can be seen live on PPV at 10 p.m. ET. The show is this Saturday, March 16, and comes from the Bell Centre in Canada.

The main card is headlined with the UFC welterweight title being decided. The division’s future could be spelled out as several highly ranked fighters are set to compete. FightLine will be there with the play-by-play and post-fight news.

Here’s a breakdown of the 10 fighters who make up the second half of the event.


Lightweight: Mike Ricci vs. Colin Fletcher
The main card opens with The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16 runner-up Mike Ricci looking for his first UFC win since losing in the finals of last season. He makes the return to lightweight in this one and will be the crowd favorite as he hails from Quebec. Colin Fletcher is no stranger to TUF, as he lost in the finals of Australia’s version. That loss came in December and Fletcher is known for his rear naked choke ability.

Middleweight: Chris Camozzi vs. Nick Ring
Through an array of finishes, Chris Camozzi went 3-0 last year. He has only lost once since he returned to the UFC in the fall of 2011. Nick Ring is making back-to-back appearance in Canada, after a decision win to Court McGee in the summer. Of his 14 fights, only once has he not left the victor and that was thanks to Tim Boetsch. He was supposed to return in November before falling ill at weigh-ins.

Welterweight: Jake Ellenberger vs. Nate Marquardt
After a short time away, Nate Marquardt makes his UFC return. He was released by the promotion in 2011 due to elevated testosterone levels. After winning the Strikeforce welterweight title, he dropped it on their final show this past January. Jake Ellenberger is 7-2 for the UFC with losses coming to the highly ranked Carlos Condit and Johny Hendricks. He was 2-1 last year and has used his hands to land plenty of knockouts.

Welterweight: Carlos Condit vs. Johny Hendricks
The co-main event sees former interim champion Carlos Condit look to remain in title contention as Johny Hendricks has been promised a shot if he leaves the victor. Condit comes in after a close win against Nick Diaz, which was followed by a decision loss to champion Georges St-Pierre. Hendricks is 14-1 with Rick Story the only one to defeat him. That was in 2010 and Hendricks has five wins since. Three of those he left with Knockout of the Night, after ending those fights early in round one.

Welterweight: Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz
After the match was scratched in 2011 when Nick Diaz missed some pre-fight press conferences, he finally gets his shot at welterweight king Georges St-Pierre. This is Diaz’s first fight in over a year after serving a suspension for marijuana. The former Strikeforce champion will rely on his trash talking and boxing in this one. St-Pierre enters the Octagon with seven consecutive title defenses. Six of those have been unanimous decision wins thanks to the judges.