UFC confirms Georges St. Pierre will defend title in March in Newark

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Canadian Georges St. Pierre will defend his welterweight title against England's Dan (The Outlaw) Hardy in March, the UFC confirmed Friday.
The news came during a question-and-answer session with Hardy prior to the UFC 107 weigh-in at the FedEdForum. The fight is scheduled for March 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., home of the NHL's Devils.
Hardy (23-6 with one no contest) earned his title shot when he won a decision over Mike (Quick) Swick at UFC 105 last month in Manchester, England.
St. Pierre (19-2) last fought at UFC 100 in July when he won a decision over Thiago Alves.
Hardy acknowledges he will be the underdog against the 28-year-old champion from Montreal, but predicted an upset win.
"Twenty-five minutes is a long time to keep my fists off his face," Hardy told fans.
Hardy's strength is his striking and he suggested St. Pierre is "too smart" to stand with him.
"He knows what's coming. He knows there's a left hook with his name on it and some time in the 25 minutes I'll land it," he added. "I'm expecting him to take me down and at some point I'll end up on my back and I'll fight from that position. But when you're fighting GSP, you accept at some point you're going to get taken down. But GSP's got to now accept the fact that when you're fighting me you're going to get hit in the face over and over again."
"He's not superhuman," he added. "I just have to hit him on the button. That's all I need to do. And 25 minutes is a long time."
Still, Hardy acknowledged that the prospect of a title fight after just four UFC bouts "is still kind of surreal, to be honest."
"I never expected it," he said of the championship bout. "I really didn't. It's just an honour to be here. I put four decent wins together but there's a lot more to come yet. And I'm going to test a few more things out on GSP and when I start my title defences, that's when it's going to get really exciting."
Hardy, who fights at 170 pounds, said he currently weighs 202 pounds.
"My coach's told me if I get back to the U.K. next week over 200 pounds, that he's moving in with me. So no burgers next week. I've got to start dieting."
Newark hosted UFC 78 in November 2007.

Organizations: FedEdForum, Prudential Center, NHL UFC 100 Hardy's

Geographic location: Newark, England, Newark, N.J. Manchester Montreal U.K.

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