UFC 171 Main Card Recap: Hendricks Tops Lawler To Become New UFC Welterweight Champion
Another UFC card has been and past and what an action packed event it turned out to be.
UFC 171 took place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas and featured a world title fight in the main event for the vacant welterweight title. Robbie Lawler and Johny Hendricks were the two title challengers who squared off in the main event; putting on an all out war.
Both men came out firing big shots in the first and it was looking fairly even, but Hendricks really put on a striking clinic in the second landing various combinations. However, Lawler came back strong in the third having “Bigg Rigg” in serious trouble and almost managed to get the finish.
But Hendricks did just enough to hold on and managed to regain his composure in the forth, doing enough to take the round. The fifth proved to be just as exciting. Lawler again had his opponent in trouble but Hendricks battled back nearly getting a stoppage. In the end, it went to a decision, and Hendricks took a unanimous decision win.
In the co-main event Tyron Woodley and Carlos Condit went at it in an exciting brawl but the fight was unexpectedly cut short not long after “The Natural Born Killer” suffered a freak knee injury. The first round was back-and-forth, with both men landing powerful strikes and it looked like we were in for a exciting battle.
But, in the second the two continued where they left off but things took a turn for the worse for Condit when he seemed to injure his knee after awkwardly being taken down. When he got back up it was obvious things weren’t right, but that didn’t faze “The Chosen One” who landed a hard leg kick dropping Condit; which he wasn’t able to get up from.
Also on the card, TUF 15 contestant, Myles Jury, extended his undefeated record to 14-0 after battering Diego Sanchez for three straight rounds. “The Fury” put on a technical striking display throughout the fight and chose not to brawl with “The Dream” and in the end took a comfortable unanimous decision win.
In other action, Hector Lombard took his second straight win in the welterweight division, taking an unanimous decision win over Jake Shields in a fight which was exciting to start with but turned out to be fairly lacklustre. Lombard dropped Shields numerous times in the first round and had his opponent hurt, but he opted to hold on rather than go for the finish.
Nikita Krylov stepped in on short notice to take on Strikeforce veteran Ovince St. Preux in the first fight of the main card, but he proved to be well overmatched. “OSP” took the Ukrainian prospect down early and then the finish came shortly after when St.Preux managed to choke out Krylov with an inverted arm triangle.
UFC 171 Main Card Results:
Ovince St. Preux def Nikita Krylov via submission
Hector Lombard def. Jake Shields via unanimous decision
Myles Jury def. Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision
Tyron Woodley def. Carlos Condit via TKO round 2
Johny Hendricks def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision to become the new UFC welterweight champion
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