The upcoming UFC 171 PPV event has some great fights(on paper) lined up, and will be headlined by the UFC vacant welterweight title fight between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. This fight is taking place because former longtime UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre decided to retire and vacate the title after defending it for a record nine consecutive times. Hendricks fought St-Pierre in his last title defense, losing a controversial split decision with Lawler resurrecting his career with three consecutive wins in the UFC to earn his spot.
The UFC 171 PPV event is set to take place on Saturday the vacant UFC welterweight title will be on the line when Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler clash in the main event to determine the new welterweight champion with Georges St. Pierre vacating the title a few months ago. Check out the Countdown to UFC 171 full episode previewing the top three welterweight fights on the card.
The UFC Fight Night 37 event is in the books, but the UFC will be right back in action on Saturday with the upcoming UFC 171 PPV event. The vacant UFC welterweight title will be on the line when Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler clash in the main event to determine the new welterweight champion with Georges St. Pierre vacating the title a few months ago.
Sounds like tough times for former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. Ariel Helwani spoke with Dana White and the boss says it isn’t looking good for a new deal to be struck at the moment. Dana tells Helwani “I’m done with Gilbert. I like Gilbert very much, but I don’t like his manager.”
A stare down, for those who do not know the term, is when two fighters square off, usually for a photo opportunity before a fight. Some say that the stare down after weigh-ins is an art form and maybe one of the best parts of an MMA showdown. There have been some memorable ones like Wanderlei Silva vs everyone, Clay Guida vs. Diego Sanchez, and some not so great like Heath Herring vs. Yoshihiro Nakao. Herring knocked Nakao out cold after Nakao kissed him during a face to face pre-fight briefing from the referee. Pro MMA Now takes a look at some of the masters of the art and one might surprise you.
The UFC 166 post-fight press conference took place after a great night of fights from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The main event saw Cain Velasquez defeat Junior dos Santos for the second time in less than a year to retain his UFC heavyweight title. Velasquez stopped dos Santos via TKO in the fifth and final round after battering him for the majority of the fight.