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UFC Announces St. Pierre vs Fitch Will Headline UFC 87; Coleman Out Against Lesnar

Fitch Gets The Nod To Fight GSP For The UFC Welterweight Championship

Jon FitchThe UFC announced today that welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will headline UFC 87 in his first title defense since avenging his loss to Matt Serra at UFC 83. As expected, number one contender, Jon Fitch has been named as the challenger.

“He’s a very, very tough guy,” said St-Pierre of Fitch. “I’m gonna have to train hard and be very well prepared because he may be my toughest fight yet.”

“The whole goal is to get the belt and be in the position where guys can’t duck me, run away, or say they don’t want to fight me,” said Fitch. “If I have the belt, there’s no excuse, and if you say you’re the best, then we’re gonna fight. This is gonna be a tough fight, but I’m gonna make sure I’m sharp that night, and wherever the fight needs to go, that’s fine with me.”

No one deserves this shot as much as Fitch. Since his UFC debut in 2005, Fitch has run through the promotion’s welterweight division stringing together eight straight wins, including wins over top competitors, Thiago Alves and Diego Sanchez.

Fitch is going to be a tough test for GSP.

Mark Coleman Injures Knee & Withdraws From Lesnar Bout

Mark ColemanEarlier today, we posted an interview with UFC Hall-of-Famer, Mark Coleman, before he signed on to fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 87. In the interview, Coleman stated he felt bad for whoever has to fight Brock Lesnar next. Well, it turns out Coleman won’t have to worry about Lesnar anymore because he injured his knee in training, which has forced him to withdraw from the card.

Lesnar will still compete on the card, however. His opponent will be announced shortly.

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