This weekend the UFC enters a new era at Welterweight as Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler battle for the vacant UFC Welterweight title at UFC 171. This will be the first time in nearly eight years that the undisputed Welterweight title will be on the line without Georges St-Pierre fighting for the belt.
In the co-main event, former interim Welterweight champion Carlos Condit, takes on Tyron Woodley in a battle of top ranked contenders. Dana White noted that Condit would get a UFC title shot if he defeated Woodley this Saturday night, but up to now has not said the same for Woodley. In a recent interview with mmafightcorner, Woodley said that he was promised a Welterweight title shot with a victory over Condit:
Yes it’s been confirmed that this is a number one contendership bout. The media, they want to put a spin on it. They want to say if Carlos wins, he gets a fight. To me, it’s pretty clear cut from Dana that a number one contendership bout means that the victor of this fight is the number one contender…I think that’s why we’re matched up as the co-main event. You got a showcase of who the next #1 contender is right on the same night that you found out who the next champion is. It’s been 100 percent confirmed to me.
It seems that Woodley is more than confident that his co-main event bout against Carlos Condit is a #1 contender’s bout. Jake Shields, who also fights on the card against Hector Lombard, defeated Woodley at UFC 161 and is currently riding a two fight winning streak. Shields is also ranked higher than Woodley on the UFC official rankings, so we are likely to hear his case for a title shot over Woodley if both men win Saturday night.