UFC 171 is set to become one of the most significant mixed martial arts events of 2014. The pay-per-view will feature two former world champions in Carlos Condit and Jake Shields. Both are vying for the top spot in their division, and the former is facing a possible title shot opportunity with a victory on Saturday night.
In addition, Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Sanchez will battle to remain relevant within the lightweight division, and Johny Hendricks will see his second opportunity to capture the UFC welterweight title.
UFC 171, taking place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, will represent a defining moment in the careers of the four aforementioned fighters. A loss for any of these combatants will represent a significant step backward and hurt their chances of reasserting themselves in their respective and extremely stacked divisions.