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UFC 171: Shaking up the Welterweight Division

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After Georges St-Pierre’s indefinite leave and the belt up for contention, the division now appears shaken up. While Johny Hendricks may be the favorite to win against Robbie Lawler, it’s up for debate how he’d fare against other elites such as Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald.

Technically speaking, Condit didn’t have to take up a fight against Tyron Woodley, who is now ranked at #11 in the UFC’s official ranking. Condit, ranked #2, was originally slated to face Matt Brown. But due to Brown’s unfortunate injury, Woodley quickly took it to social media and “talked his way into a fight“.

Though Woodley had a very impressive win against Josh Koscheck, he’s rather untested in the UFC. With a record of 2-1 in the UFC and 2-2 in his last four fights, some consider his bout against Condit a mismatch. Though Condit’s recent record is 1-2, his losses were to GSP and the other being a relatively “controversial decision” against Johny Hendricks.

But this is exactly why Condit is a fan favorite: he’s fearless and he’ll take on anyone.  Woodley is grateful for the opportunity, and knows that he’s got a “great task” and challenge ahead of him. On paper, it’s an interesting matchup because it’s Woodley’s accurate power punches against Condit’s unorthodox and chaotic volume. Condit is known for his ability to create chaos, and his game will certainly throw off Woodley’s accuracy.

Should both Woodley and Lawler win their next fight, they’ll be representing “American Top Team” and the camp will certainly gain even more recognition. At UFC 171, in addition to Lawler vs. Hendricks and Condit vs. Woodley, there’s also Jake Shields vs. Hector Lombard.

Tune in to SciFighting for more coverage and breakdowns! This upcoming event is sure to create fireworks in the welterweight division.