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Georges St-Pierre’s fate has been determined

Georges St-Pierre’s fate has been determined

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA) was originally slated to make his long awaited octagon return this summer in a middleweight title fight opposite current division champion Michael Bisping.

Unfortunately for fight fans hoping to watch “Rush” square off with “The Count”, the proposed fight was delayed due to a lingering eye injury suffered by the Canadian star.

Now it appears that Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre bout has been scrapped entirely as UFC president revealed to MMAJunkie that the promotion has a new plan for the former welterweight champion of the world.

“Georges and I talked a couple days ago when he was in Vegas,” White said in an exclusive interview at UFC headquarters. “Georges is saying he wants to fight; we’ll get this thing figured out. We’re talking about Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia. These two are going to fight soon. That will free up the 170-pound champion for Georges St-Pierre to return and try to regain his belt.”

News broke earlier this evening that current welterweight title holder Tyron Woodley would be defending his title against top division contender Demian Maia in the co-main event of UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California.

With that said, Georges St-Pierre will now meet the winner of the newly announced Woodley vs. Maia matchup.

The timing would work very well for “GSP” to return to the cage against the Maia vs. Woodley winner at Madison Square Garden this November in New York.

St-Pierre was last seen in action at UFC 167 in November of 2013, where he earned a split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks.

“GSP” will return to action riding a current twelve-fight win streak, which includes victories over Nick Diaz, BJ Penn, Carlos Condit, Matt Serra, Jake Shields and Matt Hughes just to name a few.

What do you think of the news from UFC president Dana White?

Tyron Woodley will defend his title at UFC 214

Tyron Woodley will defend his title at UFC 214

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC 214 has added another title fight!

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley recently took to Twitter where he announced that he will be defending his title on July 29 in Anaheim against top contender Demian Maia.

Tyron Woodley was most recently seen in action at March’s UFC 209 event in Las Vegas, where he scored a majority decision victory over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

“The Chosen One” has gone 4-0-1 over his last five fights, scoring knockout victories over Dong Hyun Kim and Robbie Lawler in that time.

Meanwhile, Demian Maia is coming off a split-decision win over Jorge Masvidal which occurred at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas, Texas.

The victory served as Maia’s seventh in a row and solidified the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialist as the welterweight divisions top contender.

This will mark the second time that Maia has fought for a UFC title. The 39-year-old previously fought for the UFC’s middleweight crown way back at UFC 112 in April of 2010, but came up short against Anderson Silva.

UFC 214 is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight rematch featuring current champ Daniel Cormier taking on former title holder and bitter rival Jon Jones.

Also featured on the card is a women’s title fight between Cris Cyborg and Tony Evinger which will crown the promotions new featherweight champion.

Who do you think will emerge victorious when Woodley and Maia square off on July 29?

Tyron Woodley says Georges St-Pierre picked the “safe fight” with Michael Bisping

Tyron Woodley says Georges St-Pierre picked the “safe fight” with Michael Bisping

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is targeting UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas for his octagon return.

“The Chosen One” recently sat down with’s Chris Taylor on ‘Rapid Fire’ where he spoke about his future and the fights he needs to have in order to cement his legacy as the greatest welterweight of all time.

“I want the fight that is going to cement me as the legend, the greatest of all time. There is two guys right now, where if I could beat those two guys I am then the greatest welterweight of all time. If I can beat Nick Diaz. If I can beat Georges St-Pierre, then nobody can say I am not the best welterweight fighter to ever step in the octagon. It would make me better than Georges (St-Pierre), better than Matt Hughes. I would be the best of all time. So those two fights just so happen to also be potentially huge pay-per-view fights. So obviously those are my number one options.”

He continued:

“Nick Diaz knows that I respect him. More importantly I respect how he was in the sport when the money wasn’t the same. You know he hasn’t gotten that big payday like his baby brother (Nate Diaz) yet. I personally think he deserves that. You know he has had those crazy fights. Had the concussions. Had the cuts on his eyes. Fought so many times. Three or four fights a year usually. He helped build this sport. Helped bring a different crowd to the sport. So at the end of the day I feel like somebody like that (Nick Diaz) should be rewarded for those previous fights and have a chance to make a big pay-per-view payday.”

Tyron Woodley Stephen Thompson

As for Georges St-Pierre, Woodley believes that scoring a fight with the former UFC welterweight kingpin won’t be easy, as “Rush” knows that “T-Wood” is simply a bad style matchup for him.

“As for Georges St-Pierre, I don’t think he wants to fight me. I don’t think he wants to come back and fight a guy like me. He wants to fight a guy like Bisping because they are very evenly matched. Bisping is not a huge middleweight. Michael is not known as a guy who will knock your head off and he is not going to outwrestle Georges. So style wise it is a very safe matchup for Georges. He knows that he could potentially lose to Bisping, but that it is a much safer fight for him.”

He continued:

“One of the reasons he left (Georges St-Pierre) was because he was worried about concussions. With Bisping he doesn’t have to worry about that as much. With me, he knows I am coming to knock him out. Plus I am very hard to takedown and would probably end up taking him down. So he’s not used to that style of matchup. The only guy who was kind of like me was Johny Hendricks and he made Georges go crawl in a cave for three years.”

How do you think a fight between Tyron Woodley and Georges St-Pierre would play out?

Tyron Woodley expects Demian Maia to lose at UFC 211

Tyron Woodley expects Demian Maia to lose at UFC 211

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Current UFC welterweight kingpin Tyron Woodley took time out of his busy schedule to sit down with’s Chris Taylor on a recent episode of Rapid Fire.

“The Chosen One” addressed a number of different topics including a potential scrap with current welterweight top contender Demian Maia.

“Well you know I don’t feel bad for him (Demian Maia), because you know it is like hey we are playing basketball and now the new three-point line is here. We moved it back a little. If you step in front of that line and shoot a shot, then it is only worth two-points. If you notice that line is back there, then step back behind it so you can make a three. He (Maia) understands that in this day of age you have to be marketable. You have to be able to communicate globally. He does have good English. You know another good example of this is Gegard Mousasi, and you heard his UFC 210 post-fight conference. I have a feeling some fans are going to want to jump on board with him after that. He let some frustration out and really let people know how he really feels.”

Tyron Woodley Stephen Thompson 209

Tyron Woodley believes Demian Maia should have got the nod for a title opportunity at last month’s UFC 209 event, where he instead had a rematch against Stephen Thompson. With that said, “The Chosen One” doesn’t expect that the Brazilian submission specialist will hold on to his top contender spot after fighting Jorge Masvidal at UFC 211.

“So it is unfortunate for Demian Maia because as per the old rule work, you know the pure sport, he is the most deserving of a title shot. He was more deserving of a title shot against me than Stephen Wonderboy (Thompson) was for a repeat (UFC 209). Now look at him. He is matched up against a guy who just recently came to the welterweight division. This is a guy (Jorge Masvidal) who had a decent, but not exceptional career in the UFC’s lightweight division that is a nightmare match-up for him. I honestly don’t see how he is going to pull this win out against Jorge Masvidal. Masvidal has some of the best boxing in mixed martial arts. He is probably one of the top three boxers in all of the UFC right now. Plus he is hard to takedown. And now, with not having to cut as much weight, he is very fast and super sharp. So if Demian Maia can’t take Jorge down, how is he going to defeat him? So with that said I am not planning to fight Maia, because my gut tells me he is about to lose his place in line.”

Taylor asked Woodley, who is targeting to return at UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas, if he would be willing to fight Jorge next, this if Masvidal proves victorious against Demain Maia at next month’s UFC 2111 event in Dallas, Texas.

“Well then now you would have a guy (Masvidal) who is new to the division. That obviously would have a couple of good wins. Does he get a title shot? Well he is just basically playing interception. At that rate, you know, me and Jorge are cool man. I’ve had him on my show. I think very highly of Jorge Masvidal. I know the skills he possesses. I have seen him in the gym. To be honest, he has been on the bad end of so many split-decisions. There has to be at least five of those (split-decisions) where most people felt that he won those fights. Al Iaquinta for example. So his record is not something I would look at. I know how good of a fighter he is. The things is, and it is not all about followers and that, but he just recently decided that he is going to show his character, this new image. You know the lifestyle of Jorge Masvidal. But when you look at his followers, he has thirty-five thousand on Twitter. For whatever reason, that seems to mean something to the UFC now. I’m trying to build my brand and build my base. So I want to fight someone who is going to help build me up. With that said I would never deny a fighter, especially Jorge, a chance to change his family’s life. But also, I am not going to deny myself a chance at a crazy payday that changes my life and my family’s life. I feel that me and Masvidal would be cool if we fought. Like share a joint after party following the event. We will see what happens.”

Do you think that Jorge Masvidal can upset Demian Maia at next month’s UFC 211 event in Dallas, Texas?