Check out the countdown show for UFC 158. As always, we only care about the main card which is a welterweight heavy card. GSP will be taking on the awkward but big trash talker Nick Diaz. Johny Hendricks will try to secure his #1 contender status against Carlos Condit in the co-main event. And Jake Ellenberger will try to make a statement against Nate Marquardt.
Clearly, the main event between GSP and Nick Diaz will always take center stage. Rush seems to have a hard time dealing with Nick Diaz outside of the octagon which may or may not translate into the octagon. What was originally expected to be a landslide fight in favor of GSP may not happen after all.
I know most people are expecting GSP to do to Nick Diaz what Benson Henderson did to Nate–maybe even possibly worse. Before all the trash talking, I would have given Nick Diaz no chance of winning the fight but now, I think he has a small one if he can get GSP to fight the Diaz type of fight. Its still a BIG if.
The co-main event of the evening will be the Fight of the Night. Johny Hendricks is desperate for a title shot and he has to get through Carlos Condit to get it. As much as Hendricks is known as a knock out artist, I don’t see him knocking out Condit. Condit is a really tough guy and won’t go out like that.
If anything, I think Condit has the edge in this fight. Hendricks may have the power and wrestling credentials but Condit was the interim champ and has the killer instinct. Condit could easily run from Hendricks the whole fight while still scoring points. It could be just like the Condit-Diaz fight all over again. I certainly hope not.
The Jake Ellenberger vs Nate Marquardt fight could also be a barn burner. Both guys have a lot to prove. Ellenberger feels slighted that Hendricks was taken away from him. Marquardt gets a second chance in the octagon and needs to show everyone that his loss to Tarec Saffiedine was a mistake.
Two guys looking to make a statement will always turn into a good fight for us. Overall, I think the card will be very entertaining and I hope there will be some spectacular knockouts and possibly even an upset. It wouldn’t be so bad to have a trash talking welterweight champ right? We’ll find out Saturday night.