Thankfully UFC 171 is being held in Dallas, because with the number of intriguing bouts on the card, the saying of “everything is bigger in Texas” holds true.
In the main event, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will meet to determine a new UFC welterweight champion. All the action takes place tonight from the American Airlines Center on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 2 and pay-per-view.
In the world of MMA, one of the more interesting things to do is make predictions. Two fighters, one result; pretty simple, right?
Unfortunately, no, it is not always that simple. Once the cage door closes, it seems like anything can happen – and normally does. That’s why I’m not good at gambling and prefer to keep my money locked away in a piggy bank upstairs under the mattress.
Nevertheless, I’ll offer up my thoughts for the card, including a breakdown of the main and co-main events. Also, I’ll be providing my thoughts on the action as it goes down on Twitter @DanaBecker
UFC 171 PREDICTIONS
Daniel Pineda vs. Robert Whiteford: Pineda via submission
Robert “Bubba” McDaniel vs. Sean Strickland: McDaniel via submission
Will Campuzano vs. Justin Scoggins: Campuzano via decision
Renee Forte vs. Frank Trevino: Trevino via TKO
Sean Spencer vs. Alex Garcia: Garcia via TKO
Dennis Bermudez vs. Jimy Hettes: Bermudez via decision
Raquel Pennington vs. Jessica Andrade: Pennington via decision
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Rick Story: Gastelum via submission
Ovince St. Preux vs. Nikita Krylov: Krylov via KO
Jake Shields vs. Hector Lombard: Shields via decision
Diego Sanchez vs. Myles Jury: Jury via decision
Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley: Condit via decision
This is a gigantic step up in competition for Woodley, as Condit is one of the best fighters in the world – regardless of weight. He doesn’t get a lot of credit from many, but I feel “The Natural Born Killer” is right there.
Woodley needs to use his strong wrestling base to try and wear on Condit, who has excellent cardio. Woodley, though, is a big welterweight and can really do damage on the ground.
For the vacant UFC welterweight championship
Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler: Hendricks via second round TKO
Where did Lawler come from? Left for dead just a few short years ago, “Ruthless” has turned the corner once again, stopping two of his three UFC victims since his return.
Hendricks, though, went five rounds with Georges St-Pierre and almost pulled out the win. “Bigg Rigg” is a little stronger on the mat, and that might lead to Lawler feeling the wrath of his ground-and-pound.