This fight matches up two of the hardest hitting fighters in the welterweight division. In most UFC fan’s opinion Hendricks should be the current division champion after going a grueling 5 rounds against Georges St-Pierre and losing to a split decision. Both of these guys have gone through a lot to be where they are today and now that St-Pierre has left the UFC his belt is up for grabs to whoever wins this fight. This will be the most anticipated fight in the UFC of this year for sure and I think it will be one of the more entertaining ones too.
Johny Hendricks has the power of a bus in his right hand and is feared among fighters that face him on the chances that he might connect. Unlike other fighters that stun you with a big punch then pounce on you to make sure they get it, Hendricks simply ends the fight by connecting one time, that it all that’s needed. Johny comes into this fight more than prepared, he is a division one wrestling champion in 5 different weight classes making hi that much more dangerous in the octagon. He currently stands with a record of 15 wins and only 2 losses with 8 wins coming by knockout.
Robbie Lawler says that the only way he can describe his life so far is “like taking a walk through hell without paying the entrance fee”. This is a guy who has been in trouble and fighting is what has formed him into what he is today, he says that it’s not a way of life, it is his life and that there is no one that scares him, only people that will get the better of him for one single moment. The fight that got Lawler this title chance was a monster decision over Canadian Rory MacDonald back in November of last year. Lawler is 22 and 9 with a over head right just has hard has Hendricks, having knocked out 18 of his 22 opponents.
Hendricks is –400 in this fight and I think that the experience he learned from taking St-Pierre to the limit will be what helps him get over this fight as the new Welterweight champion. The total is set at 2.5 rounds under -150 and many experts say it won’t go long but I disagree, these guys also know how to take a punch and they are to get to get lucky against one another. In the end I have Hendricks winning by unanimous decision, 29-28 across the board.