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Johny Hendricks Feeling Refreshed, Headed For Steak Dinner

Johny Hendricks wants all of his fans and supporters to know he is ready to go after a last-minute weight-cut Friday.

Hendricks sent a scare through the UFC world when he failed to hit the scale at 170 pounds for his UFC 171 title fight with Robbie Lawler Saturday.

However, after heading to the back, “Bigg Rigg” returned less than two hours later and successfully weighed in at 170 pounds – minus his shorts.

The UFC welterweight title will be on the line when he steps inside the Octagon against Lawler in Dallas, and Hendricks posted a message on Twitter a few hours after his correct weigh-in stating everything is good.

UFC 171 Video: Hendricks Hits Mark

The UFC has made video of Johny Hendricks successfully weighing in for Saturday’s UFC 171 title fight with Robbie Lawler available.

Initially, Hendricks tipped the scales at 171.5. For championship matches, the fighter can not be over the weight limit for his division.

A surprised “Bigg Rigg” quickly went to the back and cut the weight, coming in at 170 on his second attempt – after doing away with his shorts.

GSP And The Card The UFC Is Holding

UFC president Dana White stated earlier this week that it is only a matter of time before Georges St-Pierre returns to the Octagon.

White didn’t use the “maybe” or “future” card to discuss GSP.

Instead, he said “when” the former champion returns.

The UFC now has that ace up its sleeve to play if it wants in regards to the future of the welterweight division.

St-Pierre vacated the title last year after defeating Johny Hendricks. Many thought GSP lost the fight. His face was bruised and battered, but the judges scored the split decision in his favor.

Immediately afterwards, he told Joe Rogan that he needed some time off. He didn’t want to use the word retirement, and remained steadfast in that approach during his conference call confirming his decision to vacate the belt and step away.

Now, on the eve of crowning a new champion at UFC 171 Saturday night, it appears White is ready to pull out his joker.

Most believe the winner of the co-main between Carlos Condit and Tyron Woodley will be declared the next challenger. White, though, isn’t ready to do that. He wants to see what happens first.

Could “what happens first” be St-Pierre deciding he has had enough time and wants back in? Doubtful, but maybe.

GSP has been all over the news lately, holding press conferences and scrums with members of the media. He has said, countless times, he is happy and has not set a date for his return.

But why would he just randomly announce it? Don’t you think the UFC would want to make a big splash and have news of his return made on FOX Sports or ESPN like they have been doing as of late? Of course they would.

Some feel St-Pierre has done enough – and suffered enough damage – that it is time to move on to another chapter in his life.

Personally, if he is up to it – and healthy – I want to see as much of Georges St-Pierre as possible. We won’t get another like him, and that is something all MMA fans should treasure.

UFC 171: Twitter Offers Up Thoughts On Failed Weigh-Ins

Johny Hendricks came in over for his scheduled UFC 171 main event fight with Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title Friday.

Hendricks is still attempting to cut the 1.5 pounds to make the bout official and for the belt. If Hendricks does not make the weight and wins the fight, FOX Sports 2 is reporting that he will not become champion. However, if Lawler wins and Hendricks misses weight, he will become champion.

Twitter sounded off, both fighters and media members, immediately following the failed weigh-in.

UFC 171: Official Weigh-In Results

We are not yet set for Saturday night and UFC 171, as the official fighter weigh-ins took place from Dallas earlier today.

In the main event, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will meet to determine a new UFC welterweight champion. Hendricks weighed in at 171.5 pounds, while Lawler tipped the scales at 170.

Hendricks must get down to 170 to make the bout official and looked extremely surprised when the scale read more. “Bigg Rigg” has two hours to cut the pound-plus.

UFC president Dana White said they are talking with the commission in Texas to see what the rules are regarding making weight.

“Nobody saw this coming,” White said, on the FOX Sports 2 weigh-in show. “He was surprised. He has two hours to make the weight.

“As far as I know, when you don’t make the weight dead on, it is not a title fight. It will still be five rounds.”

FOX Sports 2 noted that if Lawler wins the fight, he will become champion regardless if Hendricks makes weight. If Hendricks does not make weight and wins, he will not become champion.

UPDATE: Hendricks successfully weighed in at 170 on his second attempt. The title fight will go on as scheduled.

In the co-main event, welterweight contenders Carlos Condit and Tyron Woodley square off. Condit, a former interim champion, weighed in at 170.5 and Woodley 170.

Complete weigh-in results can be found below, and FightLine will have coverage on Saturday.

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

Vacant UFC Welterweight Championship
Johny Hendricks (170 lbs.) vs. Robbie Lawler (170)

Carlos Condit (170.5) vs. Tyron Woodley (170)

Diego Sanchez (155) vs. Myles Jury (156)

Jake Shields (171) vs. Hector Lombard (170)

Ovince St. Preux (205) vs. Nikita Krylov (205)


Kelvin Gastelum (171) vs. Rick Story (170.5)

Raquel Pennington (135.5) vs. Jessica Andrade (135)

Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Jimy Hettes (145.5)

Sean Spencer (170) vs. Alex Garcia (170.5)


Frank Trevino (155) vs. Renee Forte (157)

Justin Scoggins (125) vs. Will Campuzano (125.5)

Bubba McDaniel (184.5) vs. Sean Strickland (185)

Daniel Pineda (145) vs. Robert Whiteford (145)

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