UFC 171: Johny Hendricks Defeats Robbie Lawler

Sun, March 16, 2014 1:13pm EST by 4 Comments
UFC 171 Johny Hendricks Robbie Lawler
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Johny Hendricks took down Robbie Lawler in the title match of UFC 171 on March 15. The ‘Bigg Rigg’ and Robbie battled relentlessly — evenly matched until the final moments of the last round.

Johny Hendricks, 30, and Robbie Lawler, 31, battled it out during most of the match but at the last-minute, Hendricks did what he does best. “The Happy Beard” took Robbie to the canvas to seal up the fifth round – and the UFC’s welterweight title. Johny took the win with a unanimous decision — a trio of 48-47 scores.

UFC 171: Johny Hendricks Takes Down Robbie Lawler

The welterweight title bout was the main event at UFC 171 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Tex.

With the win, Johny supplanted Georges St-Pierre as the UFC’s 170-pound champion after GSP gave up the title in December 2013.

The first two rounds clearly went to Johny, and the third and fourth were Robbie coming back hard at the “Bigg Rigg,” reports FoxNews.

“Robbie’s f**king tough,” Johny said. “I feel very blessed — the fifth round, I knew I had to win it.”

The match shifted back to Johny in the latter part of the last round. The Oklahoma native used his big left hand to stagger Robbie multiple times late in the fifth. A late takedown — Johny showing his Oklahoma State wrestling chops — pretty much sealed the victory.

Johny Vs Robbie: ‘Bigg Rigg’ Wins In Last Round

Always the humble fighter, Johny couldn’t help but give his opponent the credit he deserved in spite of Robbie’s loss.

“Robbie’s a tough dude. I’m not going to take anything away from him,” Johny said. “This guy’s a stud, and I promise I’m going to be facing him again — when I do, I hope I put on a better performance.”

What did you think of the match HollywoodLifers? Let us know what you thought of that last round.

– Bryant Perkins

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Posted at 2:48 AM on March 17, 2014  

Ebb and flow between these two was something to watch. Though Hendricks won rounds 1&2 largely based on strikes, it was also apparent that he was the more well rounded fighter. In spite of his base NCAA champion wrestling skills, he threw leg kicks, some delivered as a 3rd strike in a combo. Lawler seemed content to stand up and punch it out straight ahead. That paid off in rounds 3 – 4 when Lawler seemed to be striking Hendricks at will. Nevertheless Hendricks proved his durability and though his face was chopped up by the persistent striking of Lawler, Johny dug deep in the 5th round just when Robbie seemed to slow down. It is hard to say whether that visible slowing was from Hendricks’ persistent leg kicks throughout the fight or from his arms tiring from all the striking. In the end striking records were set with Hendricks’ scoring 158 significant strikes, the most ever landed in a UFC title fight, while Lawler’s 150 are 3rd most. In round 4 Hendricks scored his first take down. It was likely that Hendricks sealed the win with his late 5th round take down that led to a threatened submission. Though Lawlers’ muscled athleticism looked awesome and his early striking was fierce, in the end I think that it was Hendricks’ cardio and more varied strategy that won the day. I am a fan of Hendricks. I was delighted that he was able to put to rest the bad decision in his GSP fight. Still, we can expect that Lawler will challenge again and it will be a great fight between these two stellar athletes. We have a heroic, and never-say-die belt holder, and a challenger whose striking talents are awesome and who can surprise with one powerful connection. Much more ahead is my prediction.

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Posted at 5:15 PM on March 16, 2014  

Karma for trashing Justin Bieber the other day? Too bad for Robbie

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Posted at 2:02 PM on March 16, 2014  

where are today’s Mike Tyson’s, folks.
……Hide & Seek?

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