It looks to be a busy fall for UFC champions. While Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos and Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson were both announced earlier today, news of the next defense of Georges St. Pierre's welterweight title was also in the air. Ariel Helwani had the scoop on Twitter:
Dana: GSP-Hendricks will be in November, probably in Vegas.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 13, 2013
It's good news for fans of Johny Hendricks who worried that the consensus no. 1 contender may not get his title shot if St. Pierre decided to take his career up to middleweight, or choose another contender. The fight isn't quite set in stone yet, Dana hemmed and hawed a little on making the announcement totally official, adding that he "probably wasn't supposed to" say that, but that the fight was "probably" going to happen. If it does indeed take place in Las Vegas it will be the first time in four title defenses (stretching back to 2010) that GSP has fought outside of Canada.
The November date will make an 8-month layoff for St. Pierre and Hendricks, despite neither of them being terribly injured following UFC 158 bouts against Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit respectively. Hendricks was briefly linked to a potential hand injury, but test results came back clear. We'll be sure to keep you updated as the date firms and more fights are announced.