UFC 171 Start Time: When and Where to Watch Hendricks vs. Lawler

Artem Moshkovich@ArtemoshkovichFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2014

Johny Hendricks reacts following a UFC 167 mixed martial arts championship welterweight bout against Georges St. Pierre, of Canada, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. St. Pierre won by split decision. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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I hope you're ready—UFC 171 has the potential to blast the roof straight off the American Airlines Center in Dallas this Saturday night.

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre may have left a sizeable void, but make no mistake about it—Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler is the fight to remind MMA fans that the UFC's 170-pound division is alive and thriving.

Gutted by what most consider to be an unjustifiable loss in his attempt to formally dethrone St-Pierre this past November, Hendricks is coming with a vengeance—vowing to formally take a belt that he's "already earned,"(via UFC) no matter the cost.

Well, the task won't be easy.

UFC brass have pitted him against an adversary with 31 professional fights to his name, nearly twice as many as Hendricks has even competed in. In Lawler, we're presented with a fighter so seasoned that he isn't rattled anywhere near as easily as he tends to rattle others.

Hendricks hasn't yet stood across from a fighter with the type of knockout arsenal he often demonstrates—that will all change on Saturday night.

Oh, and let's not forget the other welterweight showdown that'll preface the explosive championship main event.

Perennial fan favorite Carlos Condit possesses the consummate MMA arsenal: diverse muay thai striking, slick submissions, endless cardio and the ability to string it all together in one lethal package.

He'll need it on Saturday night when he stands across the Octagon from Tyron Woodley, a contender working to make a name for himself by nearly decapitating fighters with power punches.

Two extraordinary welterweight fights, back to back.

Let's take a look at what the rest of the evening has in store.

UFC 171: Full Fight Card and Start Times
Main CardPay-per-view10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
Johny Hendricksvs.Robbie Lawler
Carlos Conditvs.Tyron Woodley
Diego Sanchezvs.Myles Jury
Jake Shieldsvs.Hector Lombard
Ovince Saint Preuxvs.Nikita Krylov
Televised Preliminary CardFox Sports 28 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Kelvin Gastelumvs.Rick Story
Raquel Penningtonvs.Jessica Andrade
Dennis Bermudezvs.Jimy Hettes
Sean Spencervs.Alex Garcia
Online Preliminary CardUFC Fight Pass6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
Renee Fortevs.Francisco Trevino
Will Campuzanovs.Justin Scoggins
Bubba McDanielvs.Sean Strickland
Daniel Pinedavs.Rob Whiteford
UFC.com

Earlier in the main card, a newly reinvigorated Diego Sanchez will look to mow down the undefeated Myles Jury—does he have enough left in the tank to exact his savagery over such a young, fresh fighter?

And before that, grappling ace Jake Shields will look to bring down and control the juggernaut in Hector Lombard, a fighter who stuffs takedowns three out of four times they're attempted. If the fight stays on the feet, can Shields handle Lombard's power?

UFC 170: Main Card Predictions
Johny HendricksdefeatsRobbie Lawler
Carlos ConditdefeatsTyron Woodley
Myles JurydefeatsDiego Sanchez
Hector LombarddefeatsJake Shields
Ovince Saint PreuxdefeatsNikita Krylov
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All of these riveting questions are bound to be answered at UFC 171—I'm venturing to guess that the answers will be coming fast and hard.

Zuffa is setting the stage for an undeniably exciting fight card, one that culminates in a chaotic championship fight. 

A belt will be put around a welterweight who, for the first time in ages, won't be a French Canadian. And just prior to that, fans will likely be alerted to the new No. 1 contender when either Condit or Woodley gets his hand raised.

Don't forget to check back with Bleacher Report before and after the action begins—we'll have you covered with tons of exciting content to prepare you for the mayhem of UFC 171.

 



Artem Moshkovich is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter for MMA news and more.