Next weekend, the UFC is basically running a Welterweight tournament on pay per view. UFC 171 is headlined by the vacant Welterweight title bout between Robbie Lawler and Johny Hendricks. The co-main event is a battle between the former interim Welterweight champion, Carlos Condit, and rising star, Tyron Woodley.
When Georges St-Pierre vacated his belt after defeating Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, many fans wondered who the UFC would pit against Hendricks for the vacant belt. Most expected Carlos Condit to get the slot, but the UFC decided to go with Robbie Lawler, who is 3-0 since returning to the UFC.
When Condit was slated as the co-main event, it was to be expected that a victory over his opponent would garner him another shot at the Welterweight championship. The UFC made it official with this tweet yesterday:
Carlos Condit has been told by the UFC if he wins at UFC 171, he will get the next shot at the welterweight title #UFC171
— UFCONFOX (@UFCONFOX) March 6, 2014
While this is certainly extra motivation for Condit come fight night, he has a tall task in front of him in Tyron Woodley. While the UFC would not confirm that Woodley would get a title shot with a win, you can bet your bottom dollar that he will attempt to impress the UFC brass enough to get his crack at the title.
As if this card was not already exciting enough, the co-main event bout has just that much more on the line now.