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.”
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— Bryant Perkins