UFC 87: Seek and Destroy

Date: Aug 09, 2008
Location:
Minneapolis, Minn.
Venue:
Target Center
Broad

cast: Pay Per View

The UFC officially announced the main event for UFC 87: Seek and Destroy this August in Minnesota. Current UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St Pierre will put his belt on the line against Jon Fitch in a welterweight title fight.

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Georges St. Pierre. He is thought by many to be the second best pound-for-pound fighter in the world behind Anderson “Spider” Silva. St. Pierre has a 16-2-0 lifetime professional MMA record, with his two losses coming against Matt Hughes at UFC 50 – The War of ’04 and Matt Serra at UFC 69 – Shootout. In both cases, St. Pierre avenged his losses, thrashing Matt Hughes at both UFC 65 and UFC 79 and Matt Serra at UFC 83 – Serra vs. St. Pierre II. St. Pierre seems to be getting better with every match-up – his last three matches have been extremely one-sided affairs, where he was never in any real danger of losing.

It was already widely known that Jon Fitch was next in line for a shot at the welterweight title, we just didn’t know when that fight would happen. Well, August 9 is the date and the fight will be GSP’s first title defense since regaining the belt against Matt Serra at UFC 83 this past April.

Jon Fitch will have his work cut out for him, and you have to assume that St. Pierre will be a major favorite in this match-up.

UFC 87 also features heavyweight Brock Lesnar taking on Herring. Lesnar was originally scheduled to face UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman, but a knee injury has forced ‘The Hammer’ to withdraw from the show.

Also on the UFC 87 fight card is a lightweight matchup between Kenny Florian and Roger Huerta. This fight is expected to produce a number one contender for the next shot at the UFC lightweight title which will be up for grabs this Saturday night at UFC 84.

This should be a great summer for the UFC, as Jackson – Griffin will headline UFC 86, and St. Pierre – Fitch will headline UFC 87.

UFC 87 Fight Card:

Champ Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch (for welterweight title)

Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring

Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta

Karo Parisyan vs. TBA

Jason MacDonald vs. Demian Maia

Frankie Edgar vs. Hermes Franca

Dan Evensen vs. Cheick Kongo

Rob Emerson vs. Manny Gamburyan

Steve Bruno vs. Chris Wilson

UFC 87 Results

St. Pierre retains welterweight title with win over Fitch

Canadian Georges St. Pierre punished Jon Fitch for five rounds to win a one-sided decision and retain his welterweight title at UFC 87 on Saturday night.

St. Pierre (17-2) showed his mixed martial arts class in winning 50-43, 50-44, 50-44 before 15,082 at the Target Center. Fitch (21-3) was gritty and game, but could not solve the relentless St. Pierre, who won the standup game and outwrestled the former Purdue wrestler.

Cheick Kongo def. Dan Evensen via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 4:55. Kongo was a huge favorite in this one.

Ben Saunders def. Ryan Thomas via submission (arm-bar) — Round 2, 2:28. Saunders was around a -300 favorite.

Chris Wilson def. Steve Bruno via unanimous decision. One could argue Bruno could have won this and gamblers who bet him may have walked off with nearly $300 for every $100 bet.

Tamdan McCrory def. Luke Cummo via unanimous decision as well. This, however, was a fairly even matchup in the eyes of odds makers.

Demian Maia def. Jason MacDonald via submission (rear-naked choke) — Round 3, 2:44. Again, Maia was better than a -200 favorite.

Kenny Florian def. Roger Huerta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Florian was around a -160 favorite heading into this one.

Rob Emerson def. Manny Gamburyan via TKO (strikes) — Round 1, 0:12. Emerson was a rare big underdog to win, paying nearly $300 for every $100 bet.

Brock Lesnar def. Heath Herring via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26). No surprise here. He was a pretty big favorite.

Georges St. Pierre def. Jon Fitch via unanimous decision (50-43, 50-44, 50-44). This one went into round 5.

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