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UFC 181: Three Things To Look For

urijah faber

Two title fights featuring four of the top fighters in the world.

Four heavyweights and a pair of lightweights looking to make an impact.

A former title contender, two ex-Ultimate Fighter winners and a younger brother of a current UFC champion.

In a nutshell, that is what Saturday’s UFC 181 card has to offer. Here’s a look at three things you need to be on the lookout for coming fight night:

Will there be a new welterweight and/or lightweight champion?

Johny Hendricks puts his 170-pound gold on the line against Robbie Lawler in the headline bout, while Anthony Pettis meets former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez in the co-main.

Can both champions defend successfully? Or will we have new leaders heading into 2015?

Ironically enough, these bouts represent the first attempts at defending their titles for both “Bigg Rigg” and “Showtime.” Hendricks was sidelined with a bicep injury, while Pettis spent the better part of the year filming The Ultimate Fighter opposite Melendez.

Hendricks already owns a victory over Lawler, having won the vacant title with a decision earlier this year. Pettis, meanwhile, claimed the belt with a submission win vs. Benson Henderson, who previously bested Melendez.

Neither of those factors are going to matter much come time to close the Octagon door, as the challengers are just as worthy and hungry as the champs.

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