No sooner did Georges St. Pierre announce he is taking a leave of absence from MMA than UFC president Dana White announced that Johny Hendricks will face off against Robbie Lawler for the vacated title at UFC 171.
GSP stated that he will take an indefinite leave and will vacate his belt. He did say that he plans on returning to the Octagon but gave no timetable.
Johny Hendricks is coming of a controversial loss to St. Pierre at UFC 167, a fight that many thought he won. It was after this fight that GSP stated that he wanted to take some time off from fighting. Lawler has been undefeated since his return to the UFC with his most recent victory coming against Rory McDonald.
Hendricks vs. Lawler was going to be the second title fight on the UFC 171 card. Current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was scheduled to defend his title against Glover Teixeira but now that bout has been moved to UFC 172 and Hendricks vs. Lawler will now be the main event on the fight card.
This should be a tremendous fight as Hendricks has something to prove. He has made it clear that he should already be wearing the belt. However, Robbie Lawler is no pushover. Expect the fists to fly and there is a good chance that this fight will not go the distance.
UFC 171 will take place March 15 in Dallas, Texas and will also feature Jake Shields, Hector Lombard, Diego Sanchez and Thiago Silva.