UFC 171 – Robbie Lawlor vs Johny Hendricks!

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Johny Hendricks is expected to earn the UFC welterweight title vacated by Georges St Pierre with a win over Robbie Lawlor on March 15th.

The UFC 171 event goes down on March 15th in Dallas, Texas with a main event featuring Johny Hendricks taking on Robbie Lawlor with the winner earning the vacated UFC welterweight title.  Right now, Hendricks is a big 4 to 1 favorite (-400) at the books, with the comeback on Lawlor sitting at (+325).  Hendricks lost his last outing, to Champion Georges St Pierre, who retired afterwards and vacated the belt.  Most observers, including UFC President Dana White feel Hendricks won that fight and should already have the gold around his waist.  Is Hendricks worthy of being a 4 to 1 favorite?

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The short answer on that question is yes.  This is Hendricks match to win, and the stars seem aligned for him in terms of what he has done in his career over the past few years.  Hendricks has electrocution power in both hands, and he has shown the gas to go a full five rounds while remaining dominant and on offense.  It has been a long time since he lost to Rick Story, and Hendricks has not looked back since that 2010 bout.

But there is something about Robbie Lawlor that makes him dangerous in this fight.  For years, he competed at 185 lbs, and he faced some of the best the world has to offer at that weight.  His record has blemishes because of it, but he has looked absolutely lethal since returning to the UFC and the welterweight division.  In his last outing, he beat highly regarded Rory MacDonald in a match that shows he can go the distance and win fights.  In the past he has faced several lethal strikers, and some, like Melvin Manhoef, are much more menacing than Hendricks in terms of striking diversity.

another open question is Hendricks chin.  The tendency is to think he is made of granite, but he has not really had to fight hurt.  If Lawlor can break through and land a big, hurtful punch, then look for him to have the instinct to put the fight away.  Hendricks is in fact in more danger against Lawlor than he was against GSP.

 

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