The UFC announced that Robbie Lawler will face Johny Hendricks for their newly vacated UFC welterweight championship, until recently the belt Georges St Pierre held. The UFC will be moving on quickly from the St Pierre era, and the Lawler-Hendricks bout features two of the division’s top stars. This is genuinely going to be a match that will be hard to draw a line on, as both men appear to be at their respective peaks. The match has been set for March 15th at UFC 171.
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Hendricks is the clear number one contender, as most viewers agree the judges got his decision loss to GSP wrong in his last outing. He has an excellent wrestlers base and in the matches leading up to his title fight, he had displayed big time KO power.
But Lawler has been nothing short of impressive since returning to the UFC; and ever since his early days in the sport of MMA, Lawler has always had the potential to be a world class fighter. He has fought a lot, and he has fought a lot of tough competition and he has dispatched several of MMA’s biggest hitters. He did a lot of his work at 185 pounds, and now at 170, he appears to be very focused on this run.
It is a long five round fight, and Lawler has been in more fivers than Hendricks. Lawler would be more than content if Nedricks tries to take him out early, as he likes a firefight. While Hendricks is a force of nature when he hits you, lawler has big power too and is a much more precise and technical fighter in the stand up department. Over the course of a long fight that stays on its feet, Lawler has to feel confident he can catch St Pierre.
Hendricks may try to work the takedowns, and he has a vicous ground and pound that will see him win rounds if he can execute it. The fight is going to depend on whether Lawler is able to defend the takedown, and how many takedowns does Hendricks get in the long run. Because Hendricks cant stay with Lawler standing for 5 rounds,