Robbie Lawler takes Hendricks’ pretension belt during UFC 181

December 7, 2014 - photo frame

Robbie Lawler catches Johny Hendricks with a flog to a conduct during their quarrel during UFC 181 Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 during a Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sam Morris)
Robbie Lawler catches Johny Hendricks with a flog to a conduct during their quarrel during UFC 181 Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 during a Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sam Morris)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Robbie Lawler won a welterweight pretension during UFC 181 on Saturday night, claiming a separate preference over Johny Hendricks in their rematch.

Anthony Pettis also stopped Gilbert Melendez with a guillotine throttle 1:53 into a second spin to urge his UFC lightweight pretension during a Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Lawler (25-10) capped his conspicuous mid-career resurgence with a stubborn five-round bid opposite Hendricks (16-3), who won a empty belt by unanimous preference in their initial hitch in March.

While Hendricks and Lawler didn’t compare a theatrics and savagery of their fantastic initial fight, Lawler got off to an considerable start in a rematch that had Hendricks backpedaling in a initial round. He also finished with a clever fifth, delivering several huge shots in a final seconds to move a throng to a feet.

“I suspicion we indispensable to get in his face,” Lawler said. “That’s how we quarrel in a UFC. That’s how we quarrel championship fights.”

Hendricks tranquil prolonged stretches of a center rounds with plan and intelligent strikes, though he seemed to seashore to a finish of a final dual rounds, maybe moving a judges in Lawler’s favor.

Two judges scored a hitch for Lawler, 49-46 and 48-47, while a third adored Hendricks, 48-47. The Associated Press scored it 48-47 for Lawler.

Hendricks flog Lawler in one of a year’s best fights progressing this year, flourishing 5 bruising rounds to explain Georges St. Pierre’s vacated belt. Hendricks won notwithstanding a ripped biceps muscle, alighting adequate strikes and resplendent in a wilful fifth round.

But while Hendricks’ damage sidelined him by a summer, Lawler stayed tough during work with considerable victories over Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown, earning his rematch.

Lawler was once best famous for unwell to strech a heights suggested by his talent, losing 5 of 8 fights in a Strikeforce graduation before rejoining a UFC in early 2013. The former expert has satisfied his intensity on MMA’s biggest stage, apropos a initial former Strikeforce warrior to win a UFC pretension with 6 wins in his final 7 bouts.

Hendricks pronounced his damage forced him to spin their initial quarrel into a slugfest, and he attempted to quarrel some-more tactically in a rematch. Lawler took advantage by upping his charge from a opening minutes, punishing Hendricks with knees and punches in a clever opening round.

Hendricks’ mouth was draining in a second spin as Lawler continued to pull forward, though both fighters landed large shots late in a frame. Hendricks imposed his plan when Lawler noticeably slowed in a third, though Lawler had another detonate of appetite in a late rounds.

At a final bell, Lawler kept stalking brazen while arbitrate Herb Dean got between them. Lawler and his dilemma distinguished extravagantly when a preference was read, and Hendricks congratulated Lawler in a good impulse between dual fighters who seem headed for a wilful third hitch subsequent year.

Pettis (18-2) was considerable in his initial pretension defense, finishing Melendez (22-4) for a initial time in a maestro Strikeforce champion’s career.

After Melendez mostly tranquil Pettis opposite a enclosure in a initial round, Pettis astounded him with a deleterious front flog early in a second. Pettis afterwards shielded Melendez’s takedown try and sealed in a choke, removing a discerning acquiescence to finish his initial quarrel in 16 months.

“I know how good we am, though a lot of people were doubt how good we am,” Pettis said. “This quarrel went a small bit longer, so we got to see a small more.”

Before a pretension bouts, heavyweight Todd Duffee distinguished his 29th birthday by interlude Anthony Hamilton only 33 seconds in with a abrasive right hand. Heavyweight Travis Browne afterwards stopped Brendan Schaub on punches with 10 seconds left in their opening round.

Josh Samman delivered a best finish of an interesting undercard, knocking out Eddie Gordon with a fantastic conduct flog in a second round. Samman, who had been dominated on a belligerent beforehand, dedicated a win to his girlfriend, Hailey Bevis, who died in a automobile collision final year.

Also on a undercard, Urijah Faber choked out Francisco Rivera in a second spin shortly after poking Rivera in a eye. Faber, who got booed after replays of a apparently unconsidered eye-poke, is 11-6 over a final 6 years, with each detriment in a pretension fight.

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