When: Saturday, March 15 - 2014
Where: American Airlines Center - Dallas, Texas
Why: UFC Vacant Welterweight Championship
Tv Broadcast: pay-per-view (PPV)
The search is on for a new 170-pound UFC welterweight champion.
UFC Georges St. Pierre has announced his decision to take an indefinite leave of absence from the fight game and will be vacating the UFC welterweight championship belt he’s held twice since 2006 and defended nine times since winning it back from Matt Serra in April 2008.
With the title now vacant, Johny Hendricks (15-2) will face off with Robbie "Ruthless" Lawler (22-9) to determine who will take over as welterweight champion at UFC 171 that will take place on March 15th, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
Also Co-headlining UFC 171, is Carlos Condit (29-7) faces off with Tyron Woodley (12-2), in what is the biggest fight of Woodley's career.
Johny Hendricks was on a 6-fight win streak prior to giving up the split decision to St-Pierre at UFC 167. However, that’s all in the past and the thirty year old NCAA Division One wrestler will now be delighted that he has a second opportunity at taking home the UFC welterweight championship title.
Prior to the battle with Georges, Hendricks had been on a tear in the UFC’s welterweight division, winning six fights straight, including highlight reel knockout’s of Jon Fitch (25-6-1, 1nc) and Martin Kampmann (20-7), and a “Fight of the Night” performance against Carlos Condit (29-7).
Mean while, Robbie Lawler is coming off 3 wins in a row, since returning to the UFC following the Strikeforce merger. His streak include knockout win’s over both Bobby Voelker (24-10) and Josh Koscheck (17-8), as well a split decision victory against Rory MacDonald (15-2) in his last outing at UFC 167.
Condit, stopped Martin Kampmann in August to end a two-fight losing streak (against GSP and Johny Hendricks), all while collecting his 3rd straight FOTN bonus. An injury to Matt Brown prevented him from fighting last week at UFC on Fox 9.
Woodley, destroyed Josh Koscheck at UFC 167 in November, giving him two 1st round KO wins in his first year as UFC fighter. His only defeats are against Nate Marquardt and Jake Shields, so he's 2-2 in his last 4, but a win over Condit would instantly propel him towards the top of the division.
At Bookmaker Sportsbook the UFC betting odds listed early with UFC Johny Hendricks as ( -260 ) favorite and Robbie Lawler listed at ( +200 ) as the underdog. If you would like to bet on Hendricks as the favorite at -60, meaning you have to risk $260 to win $100.
If you bet on the underdog Lawler at +200, meaning that for every $100 bet you will win $200.
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Also, bet on Tyron Woodley, as he opens at ( +110 ) underdog and you will be able to get ( -130 ) on Carlos Condit as this fights favorite. If you would like to bet on Condit as the favorite at -130, meaning you have to risk $130 to win $100.
If you bet on the underdog Woodley at +110, meaning that for every $100 bet you will win $110.
Bet on the Opening UFC 171 Lines at Bookmaker.eu
Since coming over from Strikeforce, Robbie Lawler has experience one of the more shocking career resurgences in recent memory. Maybe his second go-round in the big show has provided a spark, or maybe the American Top Team product has finally put all his tools together at age 31. Continue
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