UFC 171: Johny Hendricks Will Become New Welterweight Champion

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The highly-anticipated welterweight championship bout is almost here where Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will get the opportunity of a lifetime. At UFC 171, Hendricks and Lawler will get the chance to become champion in the welterweight division, a division that had been dominated by recently-retired Georges St. Pierre for over six years.

His retirement gave new life to the division, making it one of the more exciting divisions to look forward to in 2014. Now, Hendricks has the chance to earn a belt, something he thinks he deserved after his fight with GSP. Hendricks beat GSP up for five straight rounds and took him down on several occasions. At the end of the fight, it was clear who did more damage, but the judges awarded the decision to GSP.

Hendricks isn’t bitter about it, though. He’s not the kind of fighter that takes it personally. All he cares about is UFC gold, and he’s got a great shot of getting it against Lawler. Lawler has turned his career around, winning three straight victories over some tough opponents. However, he’s never been able to really hang with elite wrestlers, and Hendricks is going to test his improved takedown defense.

Hendricks also has the power to end Lawler’s night with one punch, which is not something Lawler has experienced with a lot of fighters. If Hendricks can avoid the heavy bombs from Lawler, he’s going to become the new welterweight champion of the UFC, something Hendricks has been dreaming about ever since getting into this sport.

Jeremy Green is a MMA and NFL contributor at RantSports. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter, or Google Plus.


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    Hendricks may be relying perhaps too much on his striking power; and Lawler may throw caution to the wind and rush in, he has not been stopped for ten years and that was by Nick Diaz. Even so, Hendricks hits MUCH harder than Diaz. Promises to be an action fight, with an early finish.

    As to any subsequent contest between the winner and MacDonald, there was a weakness revealed in his recent fight with Maiar, where MacDonald took too many strikes.
    Had those shots come from Hendricks or Lawler, MacDonald would have been KO’ed.