Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler for vacant welterweight title headlines UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sp


Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender Johny Hendricks will fight Robbie Lawler for the vacant 170-pound title at the upcoming UFC 171: "Jones vs. Teixeira" pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place on March 15, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, following Georges St. Pierre's decision to vacate the strap and leave the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).

Slow news day!

For all the gory details on St. Pierre's indefinite leave from combat sports click here. To hear "Rush" make the announcement, check out our full audio replay of today's bombshell by clicking here.

Hendricks (15-2) likely feels he is already the rightful champion, following a controversial loss to St. Pierre at UFC 167 last month in Las Vegas. The scorecards were a source of much contention and "Bigg Rigg" will finally have a chance to put that all behind him.

Easier said than done.

Waiting to steal his spot is the resurgent Lawler (22-9), who finds himself an unlikely contender thanks to a late-career resurgence. Since returning to the Octagon last February, "Ruthless" has recorded three consecutive wins with two brutal knockouts.

One more and he completes his Cinderella story.

UFC 171 was previously headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between reigning titleholder Jon Jones and division number one contender Glover Teixeira; however, that fight has been boxed up and shipped off to UFC 172, leaving Hendricks vs. Lawler as the new main event.

See the current UFC 171 fight card and line up right here.

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