After holding on for a unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) victory over Robbie Lawler at UFC 171, Johny Hendricks (pictured) now owns the welterweight belt he – and many others – believe he should have captured after seemingly beating former champ Georges St-Pierre in November.
Hendricks took the opening two rounds, but Lawler mounted an impressive rally in the next two stanzas to knot things up entering the 5thRound. Despite having all the momentum on his side, Lawler was unable to seal the deal.
“Bigg Rigg” dug deep and peppered Lawler with numerous punches to the dome and cemented the win with a late takedown.
Hendricks and Lawler each scored an extra $50,000 for “Fight of the Night” honors.
UFC 171 took place Saturday inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
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