UFC 171 will go down tomorrow night at the Airlines Centre in Dallas, TX. headlined by the highly awaited crowning of the welterweight title after Georges St-Pierre vacated the title back in November. The two fighters battling for the belt will be #1 ranked Johny Hendricks, who lost a highly controversial decision to the aforementioned St-Pierre, and #3 ranked heavy hitter Robbie Lawler who is coming into the fight off the back of his most impressive win since returning to the UFC over Rory MacDonald. However the fight seemed in jeopardy at one stage, with Hendricks failing to make weight on his first attempt and reports that should he fail to make weight and defeat Lawler, the title would remain vacated.
Panic over, and Johny Hendricks made the 170lbs limit on his second attempt.
In the co-main feature, Carlos Condit and Tyron Woodley will hope to be the next in line in a very competitive clash. Diego Sanchez fights for the first time since his incredible fight with Gilbert Melendez, taking on the undefeated Myles Jury in an intriguing match-up. Jake Shields and Hector Lombard will look to win impressively in the hopes the can leapfrog the contender-wealthy 170lbs mix and fight for the belt next. The card will start with the light heavyweight debut of Nikita Krylov as he faces former Strikeforce competitor Ovince St. Preux on short notice.
The preliminary card also features a number of intriguing battles, including some of the finest prospects in the UFC such as Kelvin Gastelum, Jessica Andrade, Justin Scoggins and Alex Garcia. All four of these names had fine performances in their last Octagon appearances but all equally face tough tasks, with the former two of the four facing ranked opponents. Dennis Bermudez and Jimy Hettes also meet in the hopes they can kickstart a crucial run for the title in 2014.
The weigh in results, plus the full details and line-up for the card can be seen below.
Main Card: Pay-Per-View (10pm ET/7pm PT)
UFC welterweight title bout: (#1) Johny Hendricks (170) vs. (#3) Robbie Lawler (170)
Welterweight bout: (#2) Carlos Condit (170.5) vs. (#11) Tyron Woodley (170)
Lightweight bout: (#15) Diego Sanchez (155) vs. Myles Jury (156)
Welterweight bout: (#6) Jake Shields (171) vs. (#12) Hector Lombard (170)
Light heavyweight bout: Ovince St. Preux (205) vs. Nikita Krylov (205)
Preliminary Card: FOX Sports 2 (8pm ET/5pm PT)
Welterweight bout: Kelvin Gastelum (171) vs. (#14) Rick Story (170.5)
Women’s bantamweight bout: (#13) Raquel Pennington (135.5) vs. (#9) Jessica Andrade (135)
Featherweight bout: (#12) Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Jimy Hettes (145.5)
Welterweight bout: Sean Spencer (170) vs. Alex Garcia (170.5)
Preliminary Card: UFC Fight Pass (6pm ET/3pm PT)
Catchweight bout (157lbs): Renee Forte (157) vs. Francisco Trevino (155)
Flyweight bout: Will Campuzano (125.5) vs. Justin Scoggins (125)
Middleweight bout: Bubba McDaniel (184.5) vs. Sean Strickland (185)
Featherweight bout: Daniel Pineda (145) vs. Robert Whiteford (145)
1 – Sources state that if Hendricks is unable to make weight the second time around, the fight will remain five rounds though if Hendricks wins, the title remains vacant; Lawler wins, he wins the belt.
2 – Forte has decided against dropping the extra 1lbs and will have 20% of his purse deducted.
3 – Gastelum was only able to cut .5lbs more and he will make a third attempt to drop final 1lbs.
4 – Hendricks was able to make weight on his second attempt and the title fight will go ahead as is.
5 – Gastelum made 171lbs on his third attempt and his fight with Story will go ahead as a welterweight bout, rather than a catchweight.