Georges St-Pierre Picks Johny Hendricks to Defeat Robbie Lawler at UFC 171

March 12, 2014
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Georges St-Pierre eyes Johny HendricksOn March 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will fight for the vacant UFC welterweight title. It will be the first time in seven years that a 170-pound title fight didn’t feature Georges St-Pierre.

While recently in Brazil recently, the former champion was asked if it was weird seeing two fighters complete for the belt that he voluntarily relinquished.

“It doesn’t feel weird because it was my choice to give it away,” he said. “I’m going to watch the fight as a fan. I’m sure it’s going to be a very exciting fight.”

Both Hendricks and Lawler are known for their one-punch knockout ability, but St-Pierre believes Hendricks’ wrestling will be the deciding factor in the match-up.

“If I have no choice and have to bet, I think it will be Johny Hendricks,” predicted St-Pierre. “They both have power to knock each other out, but I believe Johny Hendricks has the grappling in his favor, grappling ability.”

St-Pierre announced that he was taking a break from fighting following his split decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on Nov. 16, 2013. It was his ninth consecutive title defense. He hasn’t made any moves to indicate a return to the Octagon, but St-Pierre has remained in the public eye, and has a role in the upcoming feature film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which premiers on April 4 in the United States.

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  • Seth

    It will be the first time in seven years that a 170-pound title fight didn’t feature Georges St-Pierre.

    What about Condit/Diaz? Interim title, but still title fight at 170.

    Besides, natural for GSP to pick a guy that beat him, so that’s nothing special.

    • RubeKegal

      Anyone who thinks Hendricks dominated GSP doesn’t know how to formulate their own opinion. You have a little Rogan semen on you lip, might wanna wipe it off.

      • Ahmaid Ahdoodi

        Hendricks didn’t dominate, but he did beat GSP.

        • TheCerealKiller

          If it were clear, the judges would have seen it.

          • giusti825

            You mean like bisping/hamill and machida/shogun I. The judges mess up all the time. Hendricks won rounds 1,2 and 4. He defeated st Pierre.

          • Burlz

            Hendricks did not win, hence why he is fighting Saturday night as a challenger, not a champion. GSP beat him, although close, he still won the fight. Philosophy in all fighting sports is; you need to clearly and decisively beat the champ, to be the champ!. Hendricks did not do this.
            And as for the fight, who cares who wins this one, the next one, or the one after that. Until the return of GSP, every future champ is a pretender.

          • RoBeRtOe

            You started off well. Your comments held some validity until your last sentence, where you showed your completely bias towards GSP, and all over Heeez Nuuutz…

          • brad king

            i think your right. Hendricks landed a couple telling shots but didnt win it. GSP did take it 3-2 but with points as the decider.
            GSP will return for his belt when he feels like it.

  • Marc Livingood

    I never thought Hendrix beat Condit so there you go

    • Maddawgmar

      Hendricks won the match by MMA rules, but in street Condit won because he inflicted the most damage. Hendricks won the match but Condit won the fight

  • TheCerealKiller

    I feel the same way as Georges except one part. I don’t think it’s going to be an exciting fight. I think it’s going to be a very short fight with someone getting KO’d quick. I think Hendricks is the better fighter, but for some unexplainable reason, I think Lawler is going to win. Then the title goes through a LWH style pass around until a new fighter locks it up like Jones did. This new champ will defend a few times and then the larger than life return of GSP!

    Or Hendricks might win too.

    • Lucas Freire

      And isn’t it exciting? A quick fight with two fighters looking for a KO?

    • TheCerealKiller

      A quick KO is not entertaining. It doesn’t even prove who the better fighter is. It usually just shows someone getting caught. GSP is a far superior fighter than Serra. Cain is a far superior fighter than JDS etc.

  • http://www.cagetiger.com/ Cagetiger

    I would not count out Lawler he came back against Rory and throws big shots himself I am going with the upset with Robbie Lawler winning Saturday!!!

  • Maddawgmar

    Let’s do some MMA math. Hmmm Hendricks beat Condit, who beat Ellenberger who beat Shields who beat Lawler. So theoretically Hendricks will beat Lawler. Because a lot of people think that your performance against common opponents mean how you perform against you current opponent. I do see Hendricks winning this fight, but because Lawler sometimes struggles against wrestlers.

  • TrentSki

    I think noone will let GSP survive all five rounds again after seeing Hendricks get screwed over

    • Kris-tyahn

      “noone will LET GSP survive all 5 rounds”?!? Yeah b/c he’s been in trouble so many times in his fights. 25-2 record, but with all those close 5 rounders, he could have easily been 24-3! What a hack!!! IIIIIIDIOT!

      • TrentSki

        Yeah, good for you Kris, you lil poof
        Doesn’t change a thing

  • Kris-tyahn

    GSP hasn’t lost in 6 years, & his only two losses were to guy’s named Matt, I don’t see any Matt’s fighting for the WW title this Saturday, am I missing something?!?

    • Seth

      Yeah. Your head. Its still stuck in GSP’s ass. You should take it out of there.

  • Kris-tyahn

    Sorry, let me correct you, GSP won 1-3 & 5! You’re welcome!

  • Wolf Ticket

    Lawler beat Rory who beat Maia who beat Story who beat Hendricks.

    This is pointless.

    • Maddawgmar

      That was my point. If you watch some of the comments on this site, there is alway someone who does that, I was just poking fun at it.

  • Frshoffdaboat

    upset win for Lawler!