As expected, Octagon brass officially announced Wednesday that the long awaited rematch between welterweight king Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck will take place at UFC 124 on December 11th inside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
“I love this fight,” UFC President Dana White said. “GSP is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and Josh Koscheck is not the same fighter Georges fought last time. There is no doubt that this is a title fight between the two best 170-pounders in the world. Koscheck told the people of Montreal he’s going to walk into Georges’ hometown and take the title. This fight is going to blow the roof off the Bell Centre.”
GSP sells out practically every arena he enters, but the Canadian sets records when he’s showcased in his homeland. Expect for this to be a standing room only event as well.
The champ has fought in his own backyard only once before as a member of the UFC roster. He steamrolled Matt Serra to recapture his 170-pound crown at UFC 83 back in April 2008.
“I’m so happy that I get to fight Josh Koscheck in front of my home crowd,” St-Pierre said. “He was very disrespectful during the filming of The Ultimate Fighter and I didn’t say a word. Now on December 11, I get to answer back with my fists. Last time I fought in Montreal, it was so loud the Octagon was shaking. I know the crowd will be even louder for this fight.”
St-Pierre took a hard-fought unanimous decision over Koscheck in their meeting at UFC 74. It was his first fight since being humbled by Serra just four months prior, but more importantly, the debut of the new St-Pierre. GSP 2.0 has executed a much more conservative, yet smart and dominant, attack en route to collecting seven consecutive wins and recapturing the title.
Koscheck posted a convincing unanimous decision win over Paul Daley at UFC 113 in his last outing. The victory earned the controversial wrestler coaching duties on “The Ultimate Fighter 12″ opposite the planet’s baddest 170-pounder, as well as the next shot at his strap.
“I’m excited about the fight,” Koscheck said. “It’s a big rematch for me and in life you don’t get second chances that often so I plan on taking advantage of this second chance. I am training every aspect of the game and can’t wait to go fight in December and bring that belt back to the States. I will put on a show like I always do.”
UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the event Thursday, October 14th starting at 10AM ET via UFCFightClub.com. A special internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers on Friday, October 15th starting at 10AM ET.
The general public will have access to whatever might be left on Saturday, October 16th at 10AM ET at www.evenko.ca.