HW- Mir, Brock, Fedor, Cain
LHW-Shogun, Tito, Mousasi. Rampage
MW-Hendo, Sonnen, Mayhem M
WW-GSP, C Condit>Nick diaz, Fitch wonderboy?
LW-Penn, Edgar, Cerrone, pettis
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Johny Hendricks says Robbie Lawler is a 'more dangerous fight' than Georges St-Pierre
"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. "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.
"But those are also the more fun fights for me. You don't know what's going to happen. All you know is that you're going to step into an Octagon and you hopefully get your hand raised."
The refrain that the UFC's welterweight division is now freed from St-Pierre's risk-averse tyranny is neither a new one, nor is it unfounded. St-Pierre holds the record for the most decision wins in UFC history (12), and of his second title run, eight of his nine successful belt defenses came at the judges' discretion.
"I think people have wanted to see a little bit of excitement," said former St-Pierre victim Carlos Condit. "I think Georges, from time to time later in his career he had some spurts of excitement, but for the most part people kind of knew what was going to happen. Now the division has been infused with some energy. There's a lot of buzz. What's going to happen? There's a lot of really, really tough guys bottlenecking at the top spots of welterweight, and I think it's an exciting time. We all get the opportunity to get in there and try to put that welterweight belt around our waist. It's just a perfect storm. I think the fans ultimately are going to be the ones who benefit with some really, really exciting fights."
Condit, along with Hendricks, Lawler, and Tyron Woodley, now make up the four-man mini-tournament field that will decide St-Pierre's successor at UFC 171.
The welterweight division is unquestionably talent-rich, and historically has been seen as one of the UFC's premier attractions, so for each of the four contenders, next week's event presents the opportunity of a lifetime. Now it's just a matter of who is willing to reach out and grab it.
"If you look at these other three guys, we all can make our own destiny," Hendricks concluded. "It doesn't matter if GSP is going to be here or not. We're all exciting. I think that's what makes the fans excited now, is that they don't know what is going to happen. They don't know if we're going to knockout each other out, they don't know if it's going to be a five-round war. All they know is that they can't blink or they can't get up from their seats because they don't know what's going to happen. I think that's what's going to make this card great."
Thinking of all these fights coming up really makes me sad that the ufc didn't put together some kind of ww tournament for the belt. I know it would probably be a huge pain in the ass, but it would have been so damn epic. With gsp out of the picture, there really are some amazing fight that can take place for the title.
It could have been a great marketing promotion too. Everyone loves a tournament. It would have sucked for Big Rig but it would have been great for business in my eyes.
The only time Hendricks has lost was when he was overpowered by Rick Story. Lawler won't be able to dictate the fight in the same way, but his defensive grappling is good enough to keep the fight on the feet and away from the clinch. If Hendricks just runs forward and gets into a bar brawl, things may not go his way.
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My money is actually on Robbie to
Win this one.
I'm continually disappointed in the CSAC.
With SF, they've shown that they're willing to hold one-night, two-round tourneys, they should have been lobbying the hell out of the Fertittas to bring a big card back to the state. The format isn't as gripping as the OG one-nighters, but it's still pretty awesome, and it hasn't been seen in a long time. It would have a "new" quality to it that might turn a few heads and could be the infusion of excitement zuffa has been looking for. If they held a tourney with Hendricks, Condit, Lawler; Diaz would probably be on board. If he isn't, Woodley would be every bit--if not more--viable.
But they're a mess. They've always been a mess. It would be great if they got some serious leadership, but it just looks like it's not going to happen.
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