A pair of welterweight bouts are being targeted for the UFC’s scheduled March return to Montreal, Quebec, with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre taking on Nick Diaz and Rory MacDonald facing Carlos Condit. UFC President Dana White reports that the deals are not quite done yet but are imminent.
MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani first broke the news.
St-Pierre recently defeated Condit at UFC 154 in his first bout after an eighteen month layoff due to injury. St-Pierre and Diaz were originally set to meet at UFC 143 before St-Pierre re-injured his knee training for the bout. Diaz would face Condit that night, losing a contentious decision and being suspended for a year after testing positive for marijuana metabolites. After St-Pierre defeated Condit at 154, Diaz would take to twitter to insist he was not impressed by St-Pierre. The two fighters will now look to settle things in the Octagon.
The second bout reported for the Montreal card will be a rematch between Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald. MacDonald lobbied for the bout following his UFC on Fox 5 victory over B.J. Penn. In their first bout, MacDonald was clearly in control of the bout before Condit rallied in the third round and finished the promising fighter. The bout will likely co-headline the card alongside St-Pierre vs. Diaz.
The Montreal card – most likely UFC 158 – is currently scheduled for March 18 and will likely take place at the Bell Centre.