Johny Hendricks faces Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC 171
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For the first time in nearly seven years, the UFC will crown a new welterweight champion at UFC 171 when Johny Hendricks takes on Robbie Lawler in the main event following Georges St-Pierre’s exit from the sport just a few short months ago.
Hendricks and Lawler are both gunning for the top spot in the division and given that both fighters are knockout artists, this should be a title fight for the ages.
In addition to the main event, former interim champion Carlos Condit will hope to secure the next shot at the belt when he takes on Strikeforce transfer Tyron Woodley in another pivotal welterweight showdown while Jake Shields hopes to cement his standing in the division as well when he faces Hector Lombard.
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It’s a week full of coverage coming your way from Dallas, TX ahead of the sold out show on Saturday night taking place at the American Airlines Arena.
Friday, March 14 3p ET — UFC 171 Q&A with ightweight champion Anthony Pettis
Prior to the fighters hitting the scale, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will take questions from the fans in this special Q&A session. Pettis was recently named the coach of The Ultimate Fighter 20 where he will square off against Gilbert Melendez before the two fighters meet in a title bout later this year.
Friday, March 14 5p ET — UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler Weigh-Ins
The fighters will weigh in and face off on Friday just 24 hours before the fights begin in Dallas, and all the action will go live on FOX Sports 2. Hendricks and Lawler will have to hit the mark at 170 pounds or less to make their title fight official with the remainder of this stellar card also weighing in during this hour long special.
Saturday, March 15 6pm ET-8pm ET – UFC171: Hendricks vs. Lawler Early Prelims
Before the preliminary card kicks off live on FOX Sports 2, fighters and analysts will preview the upcoming fights with a half hour special breaking down everything happening all the way up to the main event between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. Picks, predictions and expert analysis take us to 8pm when the official preliminary fights start on FOX Sports 2
Saturday, March 15 8p ET — UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler Prelims
Keep it locked to FOX Sports 2 at 8pm for the four bout preliminary card airing live, leading up to the kick off for the pay-per-view at 10pm. Former Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum looks to keep his winning streak alive when he faces Rick Story in the featured bout on the undercard. The entire fight card listed below:
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Rick Story
Raquel Pennington vs. Jessica Andrade
Dennis Bermudez vs. Jimy Hettes
Sean Spencer vs. Alex Garcia
Saturday, March 15 10p ET — UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler
Pay-per-view (check your local listings)
The main card for UFC 171 then shifts over to pay-per-view for five fights in what could be one of the best shows of the first half of 2014. A new welterweight king will arise, and a top contender to the crown could also walk away from the night’s event. The entire five fight card listed below.
Following the events that go down in Dallas, head back to FOX Sports 2 for the wrap up and post fight show from the FOX studios as the analysts break down all the action that went down at UFC 171 including post fight interviews with the competitors who just fought on the show.