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St-Pierre vs. Hardy, Mir vs. Carwin Official for UFC 111 on March 27 in New Jersey

Georges St-PierreA pair of title bouts will headline the UFC’s return to New Jersey for UFC 108, as welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre battles challenger Dan Hardy and Frank Mir and Shane Carwin vie for the interim heavyweight title on March 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The UFC officially announced the long-rumored event on Saturday ahead of UFC 108.

St-Pierre (19-2) is currently riding a six-fight winning streak that includes title defenses over BJ Penn and Thiago Alves in 2009, but has been sidelined since July due to a groin injury suffered in his unanimous decision win over Alves at UFC 100.

Hardy (23-6) earned a shot at St-Pierre in November with a unanimous decision win over Mike Swick at UFC 105, his seventh-straight win and fourth-straight inside the Octagon.

Mir (13-4), a former heavyweight champion and interim title-holder, rebounded from a July loss to heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar in December with an impressive first-round submission of Cheick Kongo, his fourth win in five bouts dating back to 2007.

Carwin (11-0), who had been scheduled to fight Lesnar before illness sidelined him indefinitely, began his UFC career in 2008 with back-to-back wins over Christian Wellisch and Neil Wain, then picked up a first-round knockout of Gabriel Gonzaga in March in his most-recent fight to remain undefeated.

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