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UFC 158 will take place on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and will play host to one of the all-time most popular fighters in the sport, not to mention being in his home country.
Canadian native Georges St.Pierre will put his welterweight title on the line that night in the Bell Centre to take on No.1 title contender Nick Diaz.
For the better part of two years, Diaz has been advocating and campaigning himself to get a shot at St.Pierre for the title shot. This matchup of course took a hit St.Pierre went down with an injury and was sidelined.
However, Diaz also didn’t help himself out, when he lost to Carlos Condit back at UFC 143 in February of 2012. That lost effectively sent Diaz down the list of contenders a bit. But actually in fact it didn’t seem to hurt him all that much, as Diaz hasn’t had a fight since that UFC 143 matchup but still gets a title shot. Prior to that loss against Condit, Diaz was on an 11-fight win streak. It will be interesting to see how Diaz comes out in this one, and whether he is aggressive from the onset, seeing if he can test St. Pierre early.
As for St. Pierre, his last fight came against Condit, for which he won by a unanimous decision back at UFC 154 in November of last year.
St. Pierre has won 10-straight fights, having last loss back in April of 2007. Thats nearly six years without a loss, and is the driving force behind his popularity and sheer dominance at the welterweight level in the UFC.
Diaz and St. Pierre have never met before in their careers, but oddsmakers think they know how this one is going to go.
UFC 158 betting odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have slated St. Pierre as a big favorite to hold on to and defend his welterweight title.
St. Pierre has been installed as a -500 favorite on the moneyline to get the win. That is a 1 to 5 payout for bettors. And then on the other side of the betting line is Diaz, who is set at +350, or a 3.5 to 1 payout should he pull off the upset.
This one will probably go the distance, as St. Pierre hasn’t had a victory short of the full time since back in 2009 against B.J Penn. Diaz however does have a history of ending fights early, though St. Pierre is an entirely different level of competition to the others that he has seen.
Be sure to check out UFC 168 on March 16, with the broadcast available on Pay-Per-View.
See the betting odds for this main event bout, as well as the rest of the UFC 168 fightcard below.