In the co-main event at UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler, former interim champion Carlos Condit (29-7 MMA; 6-3 UFC) takes on Tyron Woodley (12-2 MMA; 2-1 UFC). This three round Welterweight fight is the fourth of five on the UFC 171 PPV main card. The UFC Rankings have Condit as the #2 contender at 170; Woodley is #11. UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler airs this Saturday, March 15 with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT for the PPV main card.
This battle between two exciting Welterweight contenders will determine the next title challenger. Or maybe not. Dana White has been predictably back and forth on the issue, but it's clear that a dominant, highlight reel win from either man could very well set up a title shot. In the new GSP-less world of Welterweight, that's a very exciting thing for both men. This could come down to the wrestling of Woodley vs the dynamic striking of Condit, but both men (particularly Condit) bring enough to the table that it's hard to predict exactly which way this clutch fight plays out. And that makes it even more intriguing.
How do these two stack up?
Condit: 29 years old | 6'2" | 76" reach
Woodley: 31 years old | 5'9" | 73" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Carlos Condit won the Interim UFC Welterweight title from Nick Diaz in 2012 when GSP stepped out due to injury. That launched Condit into the main event, but since then, he's just 1-2. Those losses come against incredible opponents in St. Pierre and Hendricks, but Condit will need to get over that hump if he wants to again wear UFC gold. An incredibly hard working, well rounded fighter, Condit will never be an easy fight for any opponent. The question is, can he go from being a very hard fighter to beat, to a fighter who wins at the very highest level?
Former Strikeforce top contender Tyron Woodley made a huge splash in his UFC debut, rolling over Jay Hieron in just 36 seconds. A tepid loss to Jake Shields cooled his momentum considerably, but then another huge KO win put him right back on track. After starting his career 10-0, Woodley has failed to win back to back fights, mixing seriously impressive performances with other showings where he has not put his best foot forward. He'll need to find that consistency to take out the grinding buzzsaw that is Condit.
Why should you care?
Because it's Carlos Condit fighting, that's why. Name me a bad Condit fight. I'll be here waiting.