UFC 171 Weigh-in Results: Johny Hendricks Fails to Make Weight Along with Two Prelim Fighters

March 14, 2014
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Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler UFC 171 weigh

Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler aresupposed to step into the Octagon on Saturday, March 15, to determine a successor to the UFC welterweight championship recently vacated by former titleholder Georges St-Pierre.

The two will clash in the UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler main event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

First, they had to step on the scales to weigh in and face off for the final time before they start throwing fists at one another in the Octagon, and surprisingly, Hendricks had difficulty hitting the mark.

While Lawler stepped off the scale after weighing in at 170 pounds, Hendricks tipped the scales at 171.5 pounds. Since this is a title fight, he needs to be at or below 170 pounds, there is not one-pound allowance in championship fights, as there is for a non-title bout. (Watch the weigh-in video here.)

“Yeah, it was. I thought we made it. We’ll see what happens,” said Hendricks after facing off with Lawler when asked if he was surprised that he didn’t make weight.

He appeared a little shaken, but not overly concerned, as he added that losing to St-Pierre at UFC 167 motivated him, and he still believes he’ll be fighting for a title on Saturday.

“It’s been actually really good. It’s motivated me in other ways to get this belt,” he said. “Saturday night, it’s gonna be mine.”

Hendricks was given two hours to drop the overage.

Lawler, who had no concerns about his weight, was relaxed and confident.

“I knew I was gonna be here. I always believed in myself. It’s my time,” he said before commenting on his opponent. “He’s an amazing fighter. He’s an amazing wrestler. His skills are high level, and I can’t wait.”

Carlos Condit and Tyron Woodley are the leading candidates to become the first challenger to the victor between Hendricks and Lawler, should Hendricks make weight. Both showed up ready to go, hitting the mark at Friday’s festivities at Gilley’s Dallas.

Another welterweight bout that could launch the winner into contendership is Jake Shields vs. Hector Lombard, both of whom made weight.

Two preliminary fighters failed to hit the mark and were given two hours to make weight. Renee Forte left the stage one pound heavy for his lightweight fight with Francisco Trevino, while Kelvin Gastelum was one-and-a-half pounds over the limit for his welterweight bout with Rick Story.

UPDATE: Forte did not make weight on a second attempt and forfeited 20-percent of his fight purse to his opponent. Gastelum weighed in twice more during the allotted two hours given to make weight, and did end up weighing 170 pounds on his third attempt.

As a side note, there are four UFC 171 preliminary bouts that will air live on Fox Sports 2 prior to the pay-per-view main card, which is a bit of a shift, as the prelims usually air on Fox Sports 1.

UFC 171 Weigh-in Results

Main Card Bouts (on Pay-Per-View):
Johny Hendricks (171.5) vs. Robbie Lawler (170)
Carlos Condit (170.5) vs. Tyron Woodley (170)
Diego Sanchez (155) vs. Myles Jury (156)
Jake Shields (171) vs. Hector Lombard (170)
Ovince St. Preux (205) vs. Nikita Krylov (205)

Preliminary Bouts (on FOX Sports 2):
Kelvin Gastelum (172.5) vs. Rick Story (170.5)
Raquel Pennington (135.5) vs. Jessica Andrade (135)
Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Jimy Hettes (145.5)
Sean Spencer (170) vs. Alex Garcia (170.5)

Preliminary Bouts (on UFC Fight Pass):
Renee Forte (157) vs. Francisco Trevino (155)
Will Campuzano (125.5) vs. Justin Scoggins (125)
Bubba McDaniel (184.5) vs. Sean Strickland (185)
Daniel Pineda (145) vs. Robert Whiteford (145)

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  • King Of The Spread

    Did anybody watch the video?

    Johnny Hendricks was jittery as hell – like he was on drugs.

    I know they are cutting weight but man he looked crazy.

    • KJ

      I did, he only looked like that cause he watched his shot leave before his eyes. I don’t know if he can lose 1.5 pounds in 2 hours.

      • King Of The Spread

        Yea but he couldn’t have stood still even before he got on the scale. I guess I’ve just never seen anyone look like that on the scale before. Even the commission guy was like – stand still please

    • Mihael Hajdin

      Johnny looked like he was on crack, and even with dolche he missed the weight, wonder how will his performanse be tomorrow..

  • KJ

    This is god awful. 1.5 pounds shouldn’t matter, if Hendricks loses his shot because of this. I’m going to be pissed.

    • Mihael Hajdin

      well Lawler will also lose his shot to if Hendricks doesnt make 170, they are gonna change to non title fight if both fighters are not 170..

  • Truth

    Not making weight is f–k you sign. A man who walkes around 100 kg should not be trying to fight at this weight.

  • Jeff Jones

    Even if he cuts the weight, he aint gonna be as good tomorrow. Not gonna have the same strength. Not going to be able to take as hard a shot. Look at him now ffs. Looks like he’s been hitting the crack pipe. Lawlor is going to win by ko. If it even happens at all. What a shame. Would have been a good fight.

  • Mihael Hajdin

    F*ck i really hope hendricks makes 170, would be a damn shame to change to fight into non title fight, and hendricks look like he was on crack on that scale and lawler looked ready, im a fan of both guys but lawler takes it imo..

  • Edward Mendoza

    The fight is still happening but if Hendricks doesn’t make weight and wins the title remains vacated! But he’ll make it!

  • barber shop solutions

    shave the damn beard it weighs three lbs

  • no excuses

    if he cant make weight award the belt to robbie then they can fight at a catch weight really hope the big rig makes weight think he the next big thing in mma

  • DanDad

    Hendricks will be just fine. He’s got like 30 minutes or so, and maybe he’ll hack off a few toes. <—That was a joke. I like both fighters, but Johny should take this, and yet might not.

  • bajafox

    I was on Twitter when this happened and right away people asked for Nick Diaz, who was in attendance, to step in if he didn’t make weight. I’m a huge fan of Diaz and that would have been awesome but I think a more logical option would have been to give the shot to Condit. Hate on

    • RubeKegal

      Wait, did Hendricks make weight?