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The next stop on the UFC schedule will be at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas for UFC 171 this Saturday night, March 15. Leading the way will be the Welterweight Championship matchup that puts Johny Hendricks up against Robbie Lawler for a title that no one in the league currently owns.
The Welterweight championship bout is one of four fights on the main card, though there will be a total of 13 matches.
Hendricks last fought in November against Georges St. Pierre in a loss that was a split decision. Prior to that, Hendricks had won six-straight bouts and has just two total losses in his mixed martial arts career (15-2). With St. Pierre no longer in the UFC, it has left the Welterweight Championship vacant.
Hendricks will get his shot, again.
In his way is a fighter that hasn’t lost since July of 2012. Lawler has won three fights in a row, two by knockout and one by a split decision. He has earned his way up to one of the top contenders for the Welterweight title.
When it comes to the betting lines for UFC 171, the odds significantly favor Hendricks. A bet on the headliner Saturday night in Dallas is a wager on the fight straight up. Hendricks is paying out -450 ($4.50 wins $1) to become the new Welterweight champion. There is the opportunity to get a good payout with a bet on Lawler. More than a 3 to 1 profit margin is offered currently at Bovada Sportsbook, set at +325 ($1 wins $3.25).
Bovada has actually formed betting lines for all 13 of the fights for UFC 171, something that is not as commonly found. Typically it’s only the main fight card that can be wagered, but there is a ton of action to be had.
Just below, LatestBettingOdds.com has the complete set of UFC 171 betting odds listed at Bovada + other fights upcoming on the calendar later in the year.
The fight between Hendricks and Lawler is not the widest spread of the night. That title goes to Justin Scoggins and Will Campuzano. Scoggin is installed as a -550 ($5.50 wins $1) to win.
The closest betting line goes to Francisco Trevino and Renee Forte. Fortes is a slight -140 ($1.40 wins $1) favorite over Trevino at +110 ($1 wins $1.10.
UFC 171 Betting Odds