UFC 171 Main Card Recap: Hendricks Tops Lawler To Become New UFC...

UFC 171 Main Card Recap: Hendricks Tops Lawler To Become New UFC Welterweight Champion

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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

Photo: Eric Bolte for USA TODAY Sports

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MagicMMA MagicMMA

    Amazing fight, Johny obviously won the first two, Robbie beat him up in the third and fourth and Johny secured the fifth with the takedown. Its the right decision, no doubt about that.

    I'm really bummed about Condit, I think that he was going to put on a tired Woodley and finish him. Hopefully he recovers quickly and we can see him come get the belt I feel he deserves.

    Lombard is fucking scary…when he wants to be. He either gassed or played it safe or both, but if he put it on Jake the whole fight like he did in that first round he would have finished Jake.

    Great card as expected and bring on 172!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highkick12 highkick12

    Haven't seen a welterweight title war like that in years. Great fight.

    Feel really bad for Condit, looked like he was able to eat Woodley's shots without trouble and was only going to get stronger.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MagicMMA MagicMMA

      Also, I don't think in any way did Woodley really influence the ending of that fight. Condit tweaked his knee while being taken down, and the leg Woodley kicked isn't even the one that popped, it was the other one as Condit landed. That was no Silva Weidman 2, that was just pure unfortunate injury

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

        Actually that was exactly like Silva Weidman 2. unintentional outcome and Woodley made the injury happen with the take down.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MagicMMA MagicMMA

          How? Chris trained and utilized that leg check technique very specifically. All Woodley did was take him down. What Chris did was intentional and what Woodley did was unintentional. Unless Woodley trained his takedowns hoping to blow Condit's knee….

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

            Chris said himself he never trained it to break a leg just like a take down is not trained to blow out a knee but ACCIDENTS happen.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Spyridon Spyridon

            Be real man, you don't train leg checks "very specifically" to be offensive… Leg kicks are a defensive technique, just because they hurt the attacker don't make them any more of an offensive technique than blocking a right hook and breaking your opponents hand.

            Neither Woodley or Weidman trained to win the fights like that. Maybe if it was Condits leg that Woodley kicked that got injured, but injuring the other leg was completely unintentional.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Spyridon Spyridon

            lol typo, "checks are a defensive technique" not leg kicks =p

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/odesahitman odesahitman

            Spyridon,
            Wherever possible a legcheck should lead to a counter strike, or do damage to the opponent…

            It's much more easier to defend shots from ones opponent when they know that the cost of their offense might be disasterous…

            Enforcing ones gameplan from a punishing defense is nothing new… oh and drawing punches to deliberately block with the elbow or the top of the skull to break the knuckles is also nothing new.

            Did you actually train with Woodley or Weidman? Do you actually expect them to spill their guts and give away the detailed strategy of how they train… opening themselves up for exploitation???

            What's the basis for your opinions?

            cheers

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

            I never trained with Weidman but he went on record stating he never tried to break his leg.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/EvanHolober Evan Holober

            He went on record saying he was trying to damage Anderson's leg by specifically looking to check the right leg kick with the upper part of his shin.

            Breaking a leg would classify as damage.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

            He meant for it to stop the kicks on record and specifically went on record to say he never meant for it to break a leg. Quit already.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/EvanHolober Evan Holober

            Yes and no. He felt bad about it breaking his leg, but he also says numerous times that he trained it to cause damage. Again, a broken leg classifies as damage.

            Your creating your personal narrative off of one thing he said, when there are many more instances of Chris stating the knee spike was trained specifically to damage Andersons leg. Quit already.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/EvanHolober Evan Holober

            You're* stupid phone.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SpaceJam SpaceJam

            Actually leg checks were very specifically invented to cause damage and prevent your opponent from throwing leg kicks. Leg checks are both offensive and defensive moves. Its not rocket science, Anderson only success in the first Weidman fight was leg kicks and if ray longo has broke somebodys leg bye checking, he obviously taught and trained chris in doing so. With the Woodley situation he kicked Condit so hard he actually did a full 360, he knee got planted for 1 second and popped so it was Tyron who caused the damage.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

            Nope not correct. Condit was hurt in a scramble and kick was final result. Do you kids read the headlines and not see fights and go posting stuff? Geez

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

            Also he was not kicked so hard he did 360 he was hoping on one leg and fell down bc of knee injury. Too bad, because condit would have won that fight.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/EvanHolober Evan Holober

            Condit was hurt on a takedown executed by Woodley. Condit winces specifically on Woodley's last takedown and grabs for his knee.

            He then hurt it badly trying to spin with Woodley's kick.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SpaceJam SpaceJam

            He was hurt in the takedown yes, but he got to his feet and kept fighting, Woodley saw he injured his knee and kicked him very hard. Most of the damage to Condit was from the 360 he did, His knee planted and twisted badly. Did you even watch the fight? He cleary damaged his knee while doing that 360….

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/EvanHolober Evan Holober

            Yep, and spoke with Condits teammate after.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

            Yes and the reason he was spinning was to flow with the momentum from the kick Woodley landed. It's funny how Silva haters bring up the man himself in every opportunity to try and prove he some how sucked. lol.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SpaceJam SpaceJam

          No it wasn't the same at all. I've trained Muay Thai for years and have done so in Thailand and i can tell you leg checks are very dangerous and have every intention of causing serious damage. Also another reason why Anderson leg snapped was bad technique, Anderson connected with the flat part of his shin and not the narrow thin part of the shin and he didn't set up his kicks with any other strikes. So the two situations are very different.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SpaceJam SpaceJam

        Well when Woodley kicked condit it forced him to do a 360, which caused him to jack his knee, so it was woodley who did the damage.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

    It's a nice to see an exciting title fight in the UFC WW division. Great win, champ.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

    Hendricks defended his title very well tonight.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MagicMMA MagicMMA

      Are people really still butt hurt about the GSP fight? Just accept the loss and be proud of this fight tonight, no sense in being arrogant and acting like Johny won that fight

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

        He did though thats why we talk about it. Butt hurt are the ones defending GSP as champ when it's not really true.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MagicMMA MagicMMA

          Whats not really true? Am I forgetting something? I remember GSP walking away with the belt controversial or not

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

            Yeah and Brett Hart was the champ of WWE

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

            Oh I know you will never forget, it will be seared into your mind. The day GSP was given a belt that was no longer his.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/EvanHolober Evan Holober

          Nope, its true. GSP won a debatable decision against Johny Hendricks on November 16th in 2013. Its in the UFC's and the NSAC's record books and everything.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/akieyugames akieyugames

    Hats off to Lawler, Gonna be a long irritating time for the WW division with the new champ.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

    How ironic that Hendricks won the title via a takedown, with a busted up face.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MagicMMA MagicMMA

      Lol flashback to GSP vs Hendricks?

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/cranestyle cranestyle

      Excellent point! Since he was out struck and and his face looked much worse than Lawler's, he'll be giving the belt to Robbie.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

      Yep and won 3-2. Rogan is an idiot. That fight played out similar to GSP Hendricks. If Rogan would have been saying Hendricks lost fight bc he's busted up like GSP was the media, Dana white and fans would have been parroting the same thing

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/grandslam grandslam

    In my opinion, GSP is still the WW champ. I do not see Hendricks holding this belt for too long. He exposed far too many holes in his game. Quite honestly Nick Diaz will beat Hendricks, if they ever fight.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SpaceJam SpaceJam

      Even if GSP won the fight against Hendricks he choose to relinquish the title, so he is not the champion any more and its not his belt. Well if GSP bashed and manhandled diaz and hendricks bashed and owned GSP what makes you think Diaz has a chance against hendricks. By your logic Diaz exposed holes in his game by having very weak wrestling, witch is Johnnys strength..

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/akieyugames akieyugames

        that logic again….where if A beats B and B beats C, then surely C can't beat A, zzz…zzz…zzz…

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/grandslam grandslam

        Cat, Don't you agree that Hendrick's striking looks rather ordinary? There is no doubt he is a powerhouse, but if a fighter weathers his initial power strikes, Hendricks has basically nothing to offer. If he wouldn't have scored that last minute take down this fight could have gone either way.

        Anyway, I am happy for Hendricks. Surely, it was a well deserved victory.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SpaceJam SpaceJam

          No his striking is great, He has great boxing and head movement and he just introduced a new and evolved kicking game. He also has great knees and a vicious uppercut from the clinch. The fight was 2-2 going into the 5th and Hendricks finished a lot stronger. Do you train any sort of martial arts? If you don't i would suggest you not try and be a expert on fighters striking, its like your an expert swimmer who has never been in a pool.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/grandslam grandslam

            Come on Cat. Is that the best you could come up with? "Do you train any sort of martial arts?" No point talking to you mate.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SpaceJam SpaceJam

            Well do you? I just don't see how you could possible be a expert in striking and think you are a perfect judge in determining what fighters have "ordinary" striking without having extensive knowledge on the subject…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

    Miss GSP yet? Lasts night title fight looked like a sloppy bellator or Wsof title fight. GSP would have dominanted either guy and this goes to show how prepared are and superior GSP really was.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/grandslam grandslam

      Absolutely mate. That is exactly what I was thinking during the 25 minutes of the title fight. Too bad Condit got injured. I know he lost to Hendricks once but I see Condit winning the title one day.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/griffin griffin

    how epic would it have been if GSP was in attendance jumped in the cage grabbed the mic and pulled a "im very glad you won johny, but im not impressed with your performance and i look forward to rematching you in the near future." million+ buys

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/toxic toxic

    that was hendricks forth close fight (Koscheck, condit, pierce)

    and now jonny didnt complain about who had the most busted up face, now it was points that mattered, funny
    and he was way more busted up than GSP…

    well, im not impressed by his performance, he wont keep the belt for long… :)

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Def_tac Def_tac

    Robbie needs a (instant) rematch. Come on Big Rug!! Lucky.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Def_tac Def_tac

    Also your face looks like you lost. Sound familiar.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

      Well then by your own conclusion GSP really did lose?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/master-pogi60 master-pogi60

    Congrats to Robbie for beating Baby Hendricks ass and to Joe Rogan for kissing Hendricks ass! Everytime Johnny touches Robbie, Joe's voice becomes superexciting yet he is silent when Robbie is mauling Cry Baby Hendricks……

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

      Cry baby master-pogi60 more like.