Firas Zahabi Doesn’t Think Johny Hendricks Can Hold Robbie Lawler Down

By Staff Mar 7, 2014

Trainer Firas Zahabi, on “Beatdown,” discussing the UFC 171 welterweight title fight between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler:

“I think it’s a 50-50 fight. I really believe it’s a 50-50 fight. I’m not able to see their preparation; if I could see their preparation, then I’d have more of an idea because it all depends on their preparation. Their preparation, it’s a big part of the result that night. I wouldn’t count Robbie Lawler out, no way. He hits really hard. There’s no real easy way to hold him down. Even if Hendricks were to take him down … if it’s not working out and he does take Lawler down, I don’t think he’ll really hold Lawler down, not for five rounds. Lawler will get back up. Lawler will be active off his back. Lawler’s jiu-jitsu has improved leaps and bounds. Hendricks can win, obviously. I just think anybody who counts Robbie Lawler out is crazy. It’s 50-50.”

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