‘UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II’ Live Results and Play-by-Play

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
December 6th, 2014

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“UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II” took place Saturday night inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

A pair of champions will be made their first title defenses tonight. Lightweight title holder Anthony Pettis returns from a 16-month layoff due to knee surgery and faced Gilbert Melendez in the co-main event.

Welterweight king Johny Hendricks came back from a torn bicep to meet Robbie Lawler in the featured attraction. Hendricks posted a unanimous decision victory over “Ruthless” in March to capture the vacant crown.

Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:

Preliminary Card:

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Clay Collard Defeats Alex White via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

1stRound: Collard opens with a leaping kick to the body. White counters with a front kick. Collard the more aggressive fighter early. Collard goes for a clinch, but White unload punches that forces him to retreat. Collard appears to be winning the standup exchanges. Great back-and-forth action to start off the festivities.

5thRound scores it: Collard, 10-9.

2ndRound: White charges the center of the cage, but is clipped by a hook. Collard realizes that he’s dazed and blitzes him with a flurry. Collard jumps on top and goes for the kill. He takes White’s back. Collard’s too high and White shakes him off and is going for a leg lock. Collard escapes, but eats a big knee for his efforts. Colllard appears to have gassed himself a little trying to finish. White with a heavy left hand. Collard drags him to the ground and secures a triangle. Collard trying to strengthen his position and rolls on top. White escapes. Great period.

5thRound scores it: Collard, 10-9.

3rdRound: White must know he needs a finish. Collard looks tired, but continues charging forward. Collard scores a brief takedown, but White nails him with a knee on the way up. White wings a haymaker that misses and leaves an opening for Collard to take him down again. White working for a triangle from off his back. They’re back up. Collard clocks him with a left. White gets a late takedown, but too little too late. That takedown may have won him the period, but not the scrap.

5thRound scores it: White, 10-9, but likely lost, 29-28.

Sergio Pettis Defeats Matt Hobar via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

1stRound: Hobar quickly sends him to the ground with a left hook. Pettis gets back up and grabs his leg looking for a submission. Pettis lands some punches in the pocket. Hobar scores a takedown. Pettis goes for an armbar. He can’t secure the lock, but is able to land some upkicks. Pettis tags him with a couple more upkicks. Pettis wiggles free. Hobar lands a right hook, then a push kick to the body and a low kick inside.

5thRound scores it: Hobar, 10-9.

2ndRound: Pettis cracks him with a high kick, thwarts a takedown attempt and fires off a right leg kick. Pettis starting to find his groove in the standup game. Hobar tumbles to the ground and is eating some power punches to the grill. Hobar hanging on for dear life. Pettis is giving him the business. Hobar fights free, but is losing the standup battle badly. He drags Pettis to the canvas, but eats another upkick for his troubles.

5thRound scores it: Pettis, 10-9.

3rdRound: Hobar’s left eye is swollen and he has a cut underneath his right eye. Hobar goes for a single-leg, but can’t complete the takedown. Pettis eats a knee to the body. Hobar goes for another takedown but still can’t plant Pettis on his back. Pettis tags him with a straight right, then catches him with a kick to the noggin. Pettis’ quickness is starting to pay off as the youngster is pulling away. Hobar goes for two final desperation takedowns to no avail. Pettis should take this one.

5thRound scores it: Pettis, 10-9, and likely rallied, 29-28.

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Raquel Pennington Defeats Ashlee Evans-Smith via Technical Submission (Bulldog Choke) at 4:59 in the 1stRound

1stRound: Evans-Smith clinches her against the cage looking for a takedown. Pennington doing a good job of fighting her off, but eats a knee to the midsection. Evans-Smith finally scores takedown. Evans-Smith trying desperately to advance out of the half-guard. Evans-Smith tries to pick her up and slam her back down, but Pennington gets to her feet. Evans-Smith clinching her against the fence and knees her in the face. Pennington reverses. Pennington’s blood is all over the place. They are exchanging in the clinch. Pennington gets a brief takedown. She knees Evans-Smith in the face on the way up. She catches Evans-Smith in a bulldog choke. It’s really tight, but she’s running out of time. Evans-Smith is unconscious just before the final horn. Wow.

Corey Anderson Defeats Justin Jones via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

1stRound: Kick to the body by Anderson. They trade bombs in the clinch. Anderson goes for a double-leg, but nearly gets caught in a guillotine choke on the way down. They’re back standing. Jones scoring with some punches. Anderson gets a brief takedown. Jones lands two knees in the clinch. Anderson drags him to the ground.

5thRound scores it: Anderson, 10-9.

2ndRound: Anderson clinches him against the cage. Anderson easily gets a takedown, but has to watch his neck because Jones continues to eye a guillotine choke. They’re back up. Anderson is doing work in the clinch. He lands a flying knee to the grill and is landing a barrage of other strikes in close. Jose continues to hang in there. Two big unanswered leg kicks by Jones. Anderson scores a double-leg takedown, but no time to put in work.

5thRound scores it: Anderson, 10-9.

3rdRound: Anderson landing knees to the midsection in the clinch. He picks Jones up and cautiously slams him to the ground to avoid a guillotine. Halfway through the round and you get the sense that there isn’t going to be a finish here. Anderson draped all over his back.  Jones gets to his feet. Anderson lands a spinning elbow to the face, a la Jon Jones. Anderson slams him down again. No the most thrilling fight in UFC history.

5thRound scores it: Anderson, 10-9, and he should run the table, 30-27.

Josh Samman Defeats Eddie Gordon via KO (Head Kick) at 3:08 in the 2ndRound

1stRound: Gordon takes a knee to the cup and time is called. Game on. Samman charges forward and gets tossed on his back. Nothing to write home about in this scrap so far, outside of Matt Serra’s recognizable voice screaming instructions to Gordon.

5thRound scores it: Gordon, 10-9.

2ndRound: Samman starts things off with a jumping front kick to the face. He was quickly taken down after the shot. Lay-and-pray time for Gordon, and the crowd is not pleased. Referee Herb Dean stands them up due to inactivity. Samman unleashes a head kick to the grill and Gordon is unconscious on the canvas. Boom!

Urijah Faber Defeats Francisco Rivera via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:34 in the 2ndRound

1stRound: Faber charges the center of the cage and has controlled the action, but neither have landed anything in the opening two minutes. They trade jabs. Faber dives for a takedown to no avail. Rivera lands a nice combo after stuffing another takdown. Tough one to score because there wasn’t much damage inflicted by either bantamweight.

5thRound scores it: Rivera, 10-9.

2ndRound: Faber needs to find a way to close the distance and land his left hook and score a takedown. Rivera is proving to be a tough matchup at this point. Faber stunned him with something and goes for the kill. He slaps on a rear-naked choke from the side and Rivera is forced to tap. On the reply, it showed that Faber got him with an accidental finger in the eye. Bummer.

Main Card:

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Tony Ferguson Defeats Abel Trujillo via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:19 in the 2ndRound

1stRound: Ferguson lands body kick. Trujillo drops him with a right hand and pounces. Ferguson appears to have recovered. Ferguson has a significant reach advantage, but Trujillo is having no trouble closing the distance. Trujillo gets a brief takedown. Trujillo catches a kick and takes him down. Ferguson has him in mission control. Trujillo dropping bombs. Trujillo lets him back up.

5thRound scores it: Trujillo, 10-9.

2ndRound: Ferguson comes out angry, he’s clearly fresher. He lands a big leg kick. Trujillo dives for a takedown to no avail. Ferguson immediately slaps on a D’arce choke, then lets it go in favor of a kimura. They’re back to their feet, clinching against the fence. Ferguson drags him down and is draped all over him. Trujillo with a momentary takedown. Ferguson takes him down with the greatest of ease and quickly moves to his back. Ferguson locks in a rear-naked choke. Game over.

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Todd Duffee Defeats Anthony Hamilton via KO (Punch) at :33 in the 1stRound

1stRound: Duffee quickly drops Hamilton with a right hook. Game, set, match, Duffee.

Travis Browne Defeats Brendan Schaub via TKO (Punches) at 4:50 in the 1stRound

1stRound: Browne takes the center of the cage. He catches a kick and tosses Schaub to the ground. Schaub charges forward and clips him with a left. Browne clocks him with a vicious uppercut and pounces. He’s laying heavy lumber on the canvas. Schaub trying to survive. One minute left. Browne gets full mount. Schaub rolls to his belly and is eating countless shots to the dome. It’s a wrap.

Anthony Pettis Defeats Gilbert Melendez via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:53 in the 2ndRound (Pettis retains UFC lightweight title)

1stRound: “Big” John McCarthy is the third man inside the cage. They refuse to touch gloves. Melendez charges forward and immediately goes for a double-leg. Pettis pushes him off and lands a head kick. Melendez goes right back to him. He’s kneeing Pettis in the leg. Melendez is draped on his back and landing numerous punches to the dome. Pettis finally gets loose. Melendez gets a takedown. Pettis gets free and unleashes some fancy kicks. Melendez goes right back to clinch. Flying knee by Pettis. Melendez eats a body kick.

5thRound scores it: Melendez, 10-9.

2ndRound: Melendez tags him with a one-two and goes for a double-leg. Pettis needs to find a way to keep his back away from the fence. Melendez eats a front kick to the face. Melendez is a little sloppy on a takedown attempt and leaves his neck out there. Pettis pounces with a quick guillotine. Melendez is forced to cry uncle.

Robbie Lawler Defeats Johny Hendricks via Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) (Lawler captures UFC welterweight title)

1stRound: Herb Dean is the referee. Lawler is going for it early. He’s unloading some big knees to the body. This is a really fast face, let’s see who gasses first. Hendricks responds with some uppercuts in the clinch. Hendricks has him clinched against the cage. Lawler tags him with an elbow. Hendricks eats a knee to the grill. Hendricks appears willing to take these knees to the belly to try and get a takedown. We’ll see how long that strategy lasts. Hendricks has had him pressed against the cage going for this takedown for two minutes, eating knees most of the time. They finally separate. Nice leg kick by Hendricks. Hendricks scores with a flurry and gets a takedown with 30 seconds left. Close one.

5thRound scores it: Lawler, 10-9.

2ndRound: Inside leg kick by Hendricks. Lawler answers with a head kick. Hendricks really working his leg kicks now. Right hook by Lawler. Hendricks is starting to put together combinations now, involving hands and feet. Hendricks really starting to find his groove. Hendricks has him pressed against the cage and is kneeing his thigh. Hendricks scores the takedown. Lawler gets to his feet. He tags the champ with a front kick to the face. Hendricks continues his assault on the legs. They trade body kicks. Lawler slips on a kick and Hendricks tries a guillotine as the horn sounds.

5thRound scores it: Hendricks, 10-9.

3rdRound: Lawler coming out faster than in the last period. He’s working hands and kicks. Hendricks returns fire with bigger power strikes. Hendricks lands again with the same right hand-left hand-kick combo. Hendricks looks very relaxed because he knows he’s in control. Hendricks is hitting him with anything and everything that he wants. He plants Lawler on his back. Lawler gets back up, but Hendricks is grinding for a single-leg. He gets it with 15 seconds to go.

5thRound scores it: Hendricks, 10-9.

4thRound: Lawler must know he needs to go for broke these final two rounds. Regardless, Hendricks isn’t allowing him to do anything. Hendricks going for a single-leg forever, and Dean finally pulls them apart. Lawler still on the attack. He tags Hendricks with a head kick and right hook. Hendricks jabbing away. Hendricks gets another takedown in the center of the octagon. Lawler slide free and goes on the attack. Hendricks puts an end to that by going for another takedown against the fence. Lawler unloading big shots and Hendricks appears willing to take them until the bell sounds.

5thRound scores it: Hendricks, 10-9.

5thRound: Hendricks comes out firing. He once again goes for a single-leg against the fence. Dean separates them. Lawler charges forward, but gets pushed back by another single-leg attempt by Hendricks. The crowd is not liking Hendricks’ gameplan. Dean separates them again. Hendricks locks him up for another single-leg try. Lawler is starting to unload some heavy hammer fists to the side of the dome. Now elbows to Hendricks’ ribcage. Hendricks gets free and Lawler is going for broke. What a flurry! Was it enough? Too little, too late?

5thRound scores it: Lawler, 10-9, but likely lost, 48-47.

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