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GSP Has Hendricks Heading In To UFC Welterweight Title Fight Versus Lawler

Posted by Jack “The Hammer” Howard on 3/10/2014 9:33:51 PM

Former UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is on the record saying that he believes Johny Hendricks is the next to win the title belt. While he may seem gracious now that he has stepped aside, many feel that Hendricks should have already won the belt when he clashed with GSP at the UFC 167 event. St. Pierre survived that bout with a split decision win, before stepping down from the UFC shortly after. Now, Hendricks is set to clash with Robbie Lawler in a UFC Welterweight title fight at the UFC 171 event this Saturday night, in a bout that promises plenty of fireworks.

UFC 171
Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler
Saturday March 15, 2014
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
UFC Betting Line: Hendricks – 260

Hendricks has certainly proved he deserves a title shot, winning six-straight fights before going the distance with GSP in a battle many people thought that he won. Meanwhile, Lawler has won three-straight fights including a couple of TKO and KO wins over Josh Koscheck and Bobby Voelker, and is next in line to get his shot at the title belt.

UFC Betting Preview: Johny Hendricks

Hendricks had been one of the most dominant fighters regardless of weight class up until his title fight with St. Pierre, and even in that bout there were times where he looked like he was destined to come out on top. Three of Hendricks’ last six wins in the UFC have been accompanied by Knockout of the Night honors, including his knockout win over Martin Kampmann that came just 46 seconds in to the fight. Hendricks has elite knockout power, and he will likely be aggressive early on as he looks to put Lawler down. A former NCAA Division I wrestler, Hendricks should have no problem controlling the fight on his feet or on the ground.

UFC Betting Preview: Robbie Lawler

Lawler struggled towards the end of his Strikeforce career, and there were many experts that wrote him off ahead of his transition to the UFC. However, Lawler earned Knockout of the Night honors when he took out Koscheck in the opening round of their UFC 157 bout, and he’s followed that up with consecutive wins over Voelker and Rory MacDonald to earn his title shot. Lawler hasn’t been as aggressive as Hendricks, and he doesn’t have the same level of wrestling skill, but he is a scrappy boxer that has some strong punching power. The problem is that there isn’t one area where Lawler really has the edge in this bout, and that’s the disadvantage he faces heading in to this contest.

UFC Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

There were many outspoken UFC experts that felt Hendricks deserved the decision over GSP, and now that St. Pierre has step aside, it’s somewhat interesting that he now has Hendricks winning the belt. Anything can happen inside the Octagon, but there isn’t any one area where Lawler gets the nod over Hendricks heading in to this fight, so it looks like GSP made the right call as we are set to see a new champion crowned.

UFC Betting Pick: Johny Hendricks - 260

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