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UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler: Full card predictions

MONTREAL- MAY 8: Johny Hendricks holds on to TJ Grant in their welterweight bout at UFC 113 at Bell Centre on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
MONTREAL- MAY 8: Johny Hendricks holds on to TJ Grant in their welterweight bout at UFC 113 at Bell Centre on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

UFC 171 is this Saturday, March 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Online prelims start at 6:00p.m., Sportsnet 360 airs the next block of prelims at 8:00p.m., and the main card can be seen live on Pay-Per-View at 10:00p.m. The main event will feature a Welterweight title fight between #1 contender Johny Hendricks and #3 contender Robbie Lawler. Enjoy the predictions and UFC 171 fight card.

Fight Pass Prelims: 2-2-0

145 lbs. – Daniel Pineda (3-3 UFC) vs. Robert Whiteford (0-1 UFC) – Pineda via submission
Whiteford has powerful boxing, but his grappling defense was exposed in his last fight. Pineda should be able to avoid Whiteford’s power, land takedowns and work for a submission finish. Wrong - Whiteford via U. decision

185 lbs. – Robert McDaniel (1-1 UFC) vs. Sean Strickland (0-0 UFC) – Strickland via decision
Strickland is an undefeated prospect with powerful striking and a strong grappling game. McDaniel also has a good grappling game, but he’ll struggle to get takedowns and likely lose the striking battle. Correct (Strickland via submission)

125 lbs. – Will Campuzano (0-3 UFC) vs. Justin Scoggins (1-0 UFC) – Scoggins via TKO
Campuzano has good striking and grappling, but he simply struggles against tough opponents. Scoggins is extremely tough and well-rounded, but he’ll likely use his striking to finish Campuzano. Correct (Scoggins via U. decision)

155 lbs. – Renee Forte (1-2 UFC) vs. Frank Trevino (0-0 UFC) – Forte via decision
Trevino has good kicks, but his overall striking and grappling game aren’t UFC ready. Forte should do well on the feet, but use more of his grappling, submissions and g&p to earn the win. Wrong - Trevino via U. decision

Fox Sports Prelims: 2-2-0

170 lbs. – Sean Spencer (2-1 UFC) vs. Alex Garcia (1-0 UFC) – Garcia via TKO
Both men prefer to strike which should work in Garcia’s favour as he seems to be faster, hits harder and has better technique. Garcia will also have a grappling advantage and might work for a submission. Correct (Garcia via S. decision)

145 lbs. – Dennis Bermudez (5-1 UFC) vs. Jimy Hettes (3-1 UFC) – Bermudez via decision
Hettes has excellent grappling and submissions, but Bermudez has a great wrestling base which should stifle Hette’s grappling. On the feet Bermudez should enjoy a nice speed and power advantage. Correct (Bermudez via TKO)

135 lbs. – Raquel Pennington (1-0 UFC) vs. #9 Jessica Andrade (1-1 UFC) – Pennington via decision
Andrade has good striking and submission skills, but Pennington will enjoy a reach advantage and is plenty tough on the feet. Pennington should also be able to control the grappling. Wrong - Andrade via S. decision

170 lbs. – Kelvin Gastelum (2-0 UFC) vs. Rick Story (9-5 UFC) – Story via decision
Story has a ton of raw power and strength, so he should be able to stop the wrestling attack of Gastelum or implement his own. Story should also win the striking with his aggressive style. Wrong - Gastelum via S. decision

Main Card: 3-2-0 Total MMA Predictions: 465-257-2 = 64%

205 lbs. – Ovince St. Preux (2-0 UFC) vs. Nikita Krylov (1-1 UFC) - St. Preux via TKO
St. Preux continued his UFC success with a 1st round KO win over Cody Donovan in his last fight and showcased his raw power. Krylov redeemed himself in his last fight, after a TKO loss to Soa Paelei with a TKO win over heavy handed Walt Harris. On the feet St. Preux will likely have the advantage with his powerful striking and 4.5 inch reach advantage, but Krylov won’t be easily intimidated and will threaten with his hard kicks. On the ground Krylov may be able to lock in a submission, but St. Preux has a solid wrestling base and TDD, so don’t expect Krylov to get easy takedowns. St. Preux will use the Chuck Liddell strategy of stuffing takedowns and searching for the KO. Correct (St. Preux via submission)

170 lbs. – #6 Jake Shields (4-2(1) UFC) vs. Hector Lombard (2-2 UFC) - Lombard via TKO
Shields is coming off his 2nd straight win since failing his post-fight drug test after a decision win against Ed Herman. Shields rebounded and earned split decision wins against top contenders Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia. Lombard won his Welterweight debut in his last fight against Nate Marquardt via KO and immediately put every Welterweight on notice. On the feet Lombard will clearly have the advantage in every area including speed, power, technique, aggressiveness, combinations and a better chin. On the ground Shields will might be able to control Lombard like he does to most opponents, but Lombard is so strong and powerful with his judo base that Shields likely won’t land a single takedown. Lombard will punish Shields in this fight with his striking. Correct (Lombard via U. decision)

155 lbs. – Diego Sanchez (13-6 UFC) vs. Myles Jury (4-0 UFC) - Sanchez via decision
Sanchez is coming off his Fight of the Year decision loss to Gilbert Melendez, but showed that his heart is as big as ever and he’s still a very aggressive and dangerous fighter. Jury won his last fight via split decision over Mike Ricci with great technical striking as well as excellent trip takedowns. On the feet both men will have their moments between the slick style of Jury and the violence from Sanchez. Jury will likely land more strikes, but Sanchez has a high strike output as well and more power which could hurt Jury. Both men have great takedowns and not the best TDD, so whoever pursues the takedown could steal a decision. Sanchez will be plenty aggressive on the feet and will have the stronger grappling game on fight night. Wrong - Jury via U. decision

170 lbs. – #2 Carlos Condit (6-3 UFC) vs. Tyron Woodley (2-1 UFC) - Condit via TKO
Condit bounced back from 2 straight losses to GSP and Johnny Hendricks, with a TKO win over Martin Kampmann in his last fight. Woodley also bounced back from a split decision loss to Jake Shields and earned himself KO of the night against Josh Koscheck. On the feet Condit will have an advantage with his unconventional, but also technical striking style. Woodley has KO power and solid striking, but he isn’t as comfortable on the feet as Condit. Woodley has an NCAA div 1 wrestling background and should be able to land multiple takedowns, but Condit will be very active if he does get put on his back. Woodley could easily steal a decision win with his wrestling, but Condit is just so tricky with his striking and grappling that he should find a way to finish Woodley. Wrong - Woodley via TKO

170 lbs. – #1 Johny Hendricks (10-2 UFC) vs. #3 Robbie Lawler (7-3 UFC) - Hendricks via decision
Hendricks is coming off his controversial split decision loss to former Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and looking to finally win the belt that he believes is already his. Lawler has resurrected his UFC career by winning 3 straight fights including 2 knockouts and a split decision win over top contender Rory MacDonald. On the feet it should be a battle as both men are KO artists and have solid chins, but Hendricks wrestling threat may make Lawler hesitant on the feet. On the ground Hendricks should have a big advantage with his wrestling pedigree and he won’t have to worry about Lawler’s grappling once on the mat. Lawler has a real punchers chance in this fight, but Hendricks is a more complete fighter with his wrestling and will find success with it too. Correct plus method

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