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2/23/2014 11:57:00 AM
There will be a new welterweight champion crowned at UFC 171 after an
almost six-year reign by the legendary George St. Pierre but which fighter,
Johny Hendricks or Robbie Lawler, gives us the greatest chance to cash in our
Free UFC Picks: Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley UFC 171
(15-2, 8 KO's, 1 Sub) -
There are more than a few UFC fans that believe Johny
Hendricks should be defending the UFC Welterweight title as opposed to fighting
for it - again. When Hendricks enters
the Octagon on March 15th it will be almost four months ago to the
day that he battled the seemingly invincible George St. Pierre to a split
decision loss that crushed the spirits and the bankrolls of all who backed Bigg
Rigg as a 2-to-1 underdog in UFC odds.
Hendricks gave as well as he got from GSP and proved that he
can bang with the very best, take a series of world class shots and still
maintain his relentless pace. Hendricks
has transformed from a highly skilled wrestler to a rocket launcher with bone
busting power. The bearded southpaw and
four-time All-American wrestling product out of Oklahoma State had reeled off
six consecutive victories before his gut wrenching loss to George St.
Pierre. And he wasn't knocking down
tomato cans either. After coming out on
the losing end of a unanimous decision to Rick Story in the first defeat of his
career, Hendricks embarked on a perilous journey through some very tough dudes
at 170 pounds.
Hendricks proceeded to starch TJ Waldburger, Jon Fitch and
the very talented Martin Kampmann while earning decisions over Mike Pierce,
Josh Koscheck and then bagged the biggest win of his career when all three
judges awarded him the victory on points over a game but overmatched Carlos
Condit. Yet it was his last bout that proved
to be bittersweet as he lost to a champion but now has the opportunity to
become one - again.
Robbie Lawler (22-9,
18 KO's 1 Sub)
Robbie Lawler is only 31-years-old but it feels like he's
been around since Carlos Newton ruled the UFC welterweight division. Well, the truth be told is that Robbie Lawler
already had a win under his belt when Newton wore the UFC Welterweight strap
back in 2001. Yes, Lawler has plenty of
wear on his treads but those tires are still rolling over the opposition.
Lawler emigrated from Strikeforce and has three victories
under his belt since he re-entered the UFC after a nine-year absence. Ruthless TKO'ed Josh Koscheck and then turned
the lights out on another Strikeforce refugee in Bobby Voelker before gaining a
split decision over the young and supremely talented Rory MacDonald. But the conflicting piece of this puzzle is
that Lawler had dropped three of his last four fights before entering the UFC
as a member of Strikeforce before they folded their tent. The question is which Robbie Lawler will show
up on March 15th in Dallas?
Share your thoughts at our UFC Betting Forum!
Free UFC Pick:
The UFC odds have spiked in favor of Johny Hendricks as the
betting public believes this fight to be more of a coronation rather than a
championship fight. As of this writing,
Hendricks has soared in some offshore betting shops from a 3-to-1 favorite to
4-to-1 betting chalk.
It's no surprise that Hendricks has become a prohibitive
favorite in UFC odds as this one approaches. He's got the same devastating power as Lawler but will own his opponent
once the fight inevitably hits the mat. While neither fighter is a submission threat, Hendricks is like a black
hole once the fight hits the floor. He
will suck the life out of you even if he doesn't submit you.
Lawler's only clear advantage is his ability to land those
wicked kicks and knees that he is fond of throwing. Other than that, the advantage goes to
Hendricks in every other aspect with a draw in terms of punching power. While both fighters have the brute force to
end this fight suddenly and violently, it should be noted that they are also
equally capable of withstanding ferocious beatings.
UFC Picks: Hendricks -400 in a parlay at Bet365.com