Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the roundup. In today’s top stories, UFC welterweight champion Georges St Pierre gets a date for his next title defense, and bad news for MMA in New York is offset by some good news for the UFC’s planned event in Boston. We’ll also give you everything you need to know about Bellator 96. Here are your headlines:
• It was decided a while ago that St Pierre would next defend his UFC title against top contender Johny Hendricks, but we now know that the match-up is being targeted for November 16th of this year, presumably as the headliner for UFC 167. Hendricks has the punching power and wrestling credentials to be a game opponent, but GSP dominates the 170-pound weight class for a reason.
• We previously reported that the UFC had run into some hiccups with the state of Massachusetts, but the promotion is now optimistic that its Boston event is not in any danger. UFC on Fox Sports 1: Shogun vs Sonnen is scheduled to go down August 17th, in conjunction with Fox’s new channel offering.
• The effort to legalize mixed martial arts in New York has stalled out once again. NY is the only state in the US where MMA is still illegal, but the UFC and MMA community at large will no doubt continue to push the politicians toward the correct result.
• Bellator 96 will broadcast live on Spike TV tonight, starting at 7PM. Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will headline in a bout against journeyman Seth Petruzelli, who is best known for derailing the Kimbo Slice hype train via 1st round TKO back in 2008.