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Upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship broadcast pulls no punches

by Mark Burger

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will celebrate its 20 th phenomenal year in the typically bone-crunching, action-packed way that its worldwide legion of fans expects — with the eagerly anticipated bout between UFC’s longest-reigning welterweight champ Georges “GSP” St.-Pierre and top contender Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks, broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 16 beginning at 10 pm.

Fathom Events has re-teamed with UFC to bring UFC 167: St.-Pierre vs. Hendricks to more than 350 theaters nationwide. Area fans can experience all the action at the Greensboro Grande Stadium 16 in Greensboro or at the Grand 18 Winston-Salem IMAX.

St.-Pierre will defend his title against Hendricks within the confines of the Octagon, and it’s widely expected to be a hard-hitting battle all the way.

“UFC fans will want to experience [St.- Pierre] and Hendricks go head-to-head in UFC 167 on the big screen,” said Dan Diamond, senior vice-president of NCM

Fathom Events in an official statement. “Audiences will feel like they have a ringside seat with every move these fighters make. The only way to get closer to the action would be to get in the Octagon.”

Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Georges St.-Pierre (24-2) has been the reigning UFC welterweight champion since April 2008 and has posted a remarkable, 11-fight winning streak during his reign. The two-time UFC champion has successfully defended his title against such formidable opponents as Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Thiago Alves, Josh Koscheck and Jake Shields.

They all came out swinging and kicking, but GSP emerged triumphant each time. St.- Pierre has also expanded his horizons into another professional arena, that of film. He’s appeared in Never Surrender, Hell’s Chain and Death Warrior (all released in 2009), and recently completed a featured role as Georges Batroc (“Batroc the Leaper”) in the upcoming Marvel blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier opposite Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford, which will be released in April.

Hendricks (15-1), who hails from Dallas, Tex., is the topranked challenger in the 170-pound division and earned his shot against St.-Pierre thanks to a six-fight unbeaten streak. Hendricks is a two-time NCAA Division 1 wrestling champ renowned — and respected, undoubtedly! — for his one-punch knockout power.

There’s plenty more action during this UFC event, with two additional bouts scheduled: former UFC champ Rashad Evans squares off against former twodivision title challenger Chael Sonnen, while “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler, who has already “celebrated” his return to UFC this year after an eight-year absence by knocking out both Josh Koscheck and Bobby Voelker, battling Rory MacDonald, the fastrising Canadian fighter currently enjoying a fivefight winning streak that included victories over BJ Penn and Jake Ellenberger.

Tickets at Greensboro Grande are $12.50 (general admission). Tickets at The Grand 18 are $14 (general admission), $13 (senior citizens) and $12 (children under 12).

For advance tickets or more information, visit FathomEvents.com. For more information about this and other UFC events, visit ufc.com.

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