It took more than three years, but Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White appears poised to make good on his promise to kiss and "make up" with mixed martial arts (MMA) fans in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who had to endure the debacle that was UFC 149.
The world's leading MMA league has added a pair of blockbuster bouts to its upcoming UFC 194 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which is penciled in for ScotiaBank Saddledome on Dec. 5, 2015, according to BleacherReport.com.
UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (26-10, 1 NC) will put his 170-pound strap on the line against former interim titleholder Carlos Condit (30-8), who returned from an extended injury layoff to polish off ex-contender Thiago Alves. He'll face a stiff test in "Ruthless," who recently cemented his status as baddest motherfucker in the division.
Speaking of "Red King," Tyron Woodley (15-3) rebounded from a decision loss to the Canadian by firing off two straight wins. After he clowned Dong Hyun Kim, "The Chosen One" turned away a bloated Kelvin Gastelum. He'll need his A-game against former division champion Johny Hendricks (17-3), who's only two losses since 2010 have come to Lawler and Georges St-Pierre.
Both by razor-thin split decision.
Hendricks, the No. 1-ranked fighter in the division behind Lawler, is likely upset with the decision, considering he defeated Condit back in March 2013. In fact, he was already training for a trilogy match with "Ruthless." The good news is that the 170-pound bout between Hendricks vs. Woodley is a quasi "Plan B" in case Lawler or Condit are forced to withdraw because of injury.
No other fights have been announced for the upcoming UFC 194 fight card; however, you can expect those to start trickling in over the coming weeks.
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