The UFC makes its second trip to Montreal, Quebec’s Bell Centre on Saturday to deliver the Canadian fans a night of top notch fights from the UFC’s middle ranks. The card features talented UFC journeymen such as “Skyscraper” Stefan Struve (17-4), “Big Sexy” Sean McCorkle (10-0), Mac Danzig (19-8-1) and “Doomsday” John Howard (14-5) as well as former title contenders “The Pitbull” Thiago Alves (16-7) and “Daddy” Joe Stevenson (31-10) and is headlined by the long awaited rematch between welterweight kingpin “Rush” Georges St. Pierre (20-2) and “Kos” Josh Koscheck (15-4). A stellar lightweight match-up on the slate for Saturday evening is a battle between submission experts Charles Oliveira (14-0) and “Mongoose” Jim Miller (18-2). Both of these fighters have had their names mentioned as possible contenders for the UFC lightweight championship and a win here would validate their place in those discussions.
This Saturday night, as “Rush” Georges St, Pierre (20-2) looks to win the rematch and successfully defend his title against opposing TUF 12 coach “Kos” Josh Koscheck (15-4), there is another match-up on the main card that could potentially shake up the welterweight division with former title contender “Pitbull” Thiago Alves (16-7) taking on “Doomsday” John Howard (14-5). With the addition of more than 70 fighters after the WEC/UFC merger, a loss for either Alves or Howard, depending on his performance, could result in a pink slip. Two fighters, one winner, and a potential of several different scenarios occurring.
UFC 124 sees the world’s premier MMA organization return to Montreal, Quebec, Canada’s Bell Centre with a solid fight card that has been completely overshadowed by the main event between welterweight king and Canadian MMA deity figure “Rush” Georges St. Pierre (20-2) and the man who told Canadians they sucked at everything, including hockey, the last time he visited our neighbors to the north – “Kos” Josh Koscheck (15-4). The sheer magnitude of the hype Josh Koscheck has built around this fight has caused fans to all but forget that the card also features excellent match-ups between old TUF favorites like “Daddy” Joe Stevenson (31-10) and Mac Danzig (19-8-1) as well as UFC young bloods like “Skyscraper” Stefan Struve (17-4), “Big Sexy” Sean McCorkle (10-0), Jim Miller (18-2), and Charles Oliveira (14-0). There is also a match with potentially dire consequences for the men involved that opens the night for the Pay-Per-View card – “Pitbull” Thiago Alves (16-7) faces an almost certain termination from the UFC roster should he fail to defeat “Doomsday” John Howard (14-5) in their welterweight showdown. Howard is in a must-win situation of a different stripe. With a UFC record of 4-1, he faces little chance of being cut. However a loss at this juncture would almost certainly delay his entry into the upper levels of the welterweight division for a long time.