As always, Kevin Thang has done a brilliantly detailed preview of the Hendricks vs. Lawler card which can be read here.
This Saturday, a stacked card well worth paying big dollars for takes place at American Airlines Centre in Dallas, TX. with the vacant UFC welterweight strap on the line. The two men fighting for the belt are big hitters Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler, with both fighters having significant momentum coming into the fight, but for different reasons.
In Hendricks’s last bout, he lost to the man who vacated the belt, Georges St-Pierre, in a highly controversial decision. Hendricks stated he didn’t fight to his best ability, and will go on to win the belt no matter what it takes. He has the chance to on Saturday night. However he is fighting a man on a mission in Robbie Lawler, who is coming off the most impressive win of his UFC return, beating top contender Rory MacDonald in a fight where Lawler rocked the Canadian several times. Lawler is rejuvenated and can cause big problems for Hendricks, and vice-versa, making this one of the most anticipated fights of 2014.
Elsewhere on the card, welterweights Carlos Condit and Jake Shields battle to get higher up the ladder, facing big hitters in Tyron Woodley and Hector Lombard respectively. Both Condit and Shields fought St-Pierre for the belt and lost via decision, though the welterweight landscape is now wide open which makes a win for all four fighters crucial at UFC 171. Lightweights Myles Jury and Diego Sanchez will go to war in a battle between an undefeated prospect and a former title contender which will establish who should be ranked in a division full of talent. Ovince St. Preux will face short notice opponent Nikita Krylov, who is making his light heavyweight debut, and this fight will kickstart the intriguing main card.
Here are our staff predictions for the main card of UFC 171, click “next” to begin.