Next weekend, the vacant UFC welterweight championship will be up for grabs when Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler meet in the main event of UFC 171 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Many thought Hendricks won the belt in his last fight against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167, but judges saw the result otherwise and allowed the Canadian king to retain the belt.
Now, with another opportunity to secure the 170-pound strap, Hendricks is as motivated as ever and is preparing for an even tougher test from his new opponent. In fact, Hendricks believes that Lawler is a tougher opponent than St-Pierre, who was near the top of all pound-for-pound rankings.
“Georges, you knew that he was going to throw a jab, a high kick, a low kick, and try to take you down. That’s his gameplan,” Hendricks said, via MMAFighting.com.
“Robbie, if you make a mistake, we’ve seen it time and time again, he can knock you out. So you really have to make sure that you stay focused, cross all your t’s and dot all your i‘s, and make sure that you stay solid. That’s a lot more dangerous fight.”
Hendricks vs. Lawler is one of the most anticipated bouts of the first quarter of 2014, and fireworks are expected as two of the heaviest punchers in mixed martial arts square off face-to-face inside of the octagon.
If either man makes a mistake, the other could be going to sleep.
The event will air on March 15, with preliminary bouts on UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1 before main card action shifts over to pay-per-view.