So much for Carlos Condit's supposedly promised UFC welterweight title shot. After last week's announcement that, barring a loss this weekend, Condit would be next in line to face the winner of UFC 171's main event between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler, UFC president Dana White squelched that claim during Thursday's pre-fight media scrum.
"I don't know. We'll see what happens," said White. "It's a great card with great fights, but there's a lot of great fights at 170 [pounds] on this card. I think pretty much anybody who's fighting on this card to come off looking great and exciting, anybody can get a shot.
"There's no guarantees anywhere, ever, in life. They're going to have to come out and perform. [The welterweight division] is wide open."
To make matters even more confusing, Condit's opponent, Tyrone Woodley, said Wednesday he believed he was also just a win away from a title bout.
"Yes it's been confirmed that this is a number one contendership bout," Woodley told MMA Fight Corner. "The media, they want to put a spin on it. They want to say if Carlos wins, he gets a fight. To me, it's pretty clear cut from Dana that a number one contendership bout means that the victor of this fight is the number one contender...I think that's why we're matched up as the co-main event."
It would seem the two men with the most to gain following White's comments are fellow main-carders Jake Shields and Hector Lombard. Although Lombard would be a bit of a tougher sell even with a win, Shields has the opportunity to string three impressive victories together with past wins over Woodley and Demain Maia.
UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler goes down Mar. 15 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
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Gotta do what you gotta do.
Daniel Straus (@DanielStraus) March 14, 2014
Ready to F shit up tomorrow night http://t.co/fcFGeMAxPs— Pat Curran (@PatCurranMMA) March 14, 2014
You'd have to kill me to take my belt. http://t.co/5OhFFAJvFW— Daniel Straus (@DanielStraus) March 14, 2014
I'm on weight and been eating carbs and protein all fight week @TheDolceDiet is a blessing thank you mike for taking me under your wing!— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) March 14, 2014
I figure I'd take the selfie now before I get fat again lol http://t.co/CKEUkqYA9N— Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) March 13, 2014
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Did anything get real?
For those of you OG enough to remember who Wallid Ismael is... We were roommates for 9 months in 2003. Sit on that for a while..— Mac Danzig (@macdanzigmma) March 14, 2014
High school kid almost took me out when he lost control on the country road. Was doing 100 easy and lost it in turn. pic.twitter.com/KP6v79s18u— Pat Miletich (@patmiletich) March 13, 2014
They've become self-aware, Tommy Toe Hold.
CAN I GET A HELL YEAH?!?!— Stipe Miocic (@smiocic) March 14, 2014
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Announced yesterday (Mar. 13 2014)
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via heavyfl0w.
UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. In 2014.
Wait ... what?
Yep. It's a distinct possibility. Now, don't let the title of my article mislead you. There's a great reason to root for Johny Hendricks here, and that reason is simple: Most people thought he deserved to get his hand raised against Georges St-Pierre last November, and it would undoubtedly feel like a wrong had been righted if Johny went in there and got it done on Saturday. No doubt. I'm not the biggest Hendricks guy, but even I could admit that that would be a great story.
But it ain't topping Robbie Lawler. Here's why you should all get out your Robbie Lawler pom poms and make asses out of yourselves ...
1. Because if Lawler wins, there is a 0.00% chance that his victory wont be shit-your-pants thrilling to watch.
I see two possible methods of victory for Lawler here. One would be to come out cautious, feel Hendricks out for a bit, then slowly take over the fight on the feet, like he did against Murilo "Ninja" Rua. If this happens, color me wildly impressed. Rob used to be a big swinger, but over the years he's really learned how to fight intelligently on the feet.
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