Hardcore fans will have some homework to do over the coming days, as many of them will likely be watching tonight’s UFC 181 headliner once again.
Robbie Lawler worked his way to an extremely competitive, split decision win over Johny Hendricks, in a fight that deserves one, or five, more views. Lawler fell behind on the scorecards in rounds two and three, but came back in rounds four, and especially five, to end Hendrick’s reign as welterweight champ.
In the co-main-event, Anthony Pettis caught the renowned and gritty Gilbert Melendez with a guillotine choke in round two, and remains lightweight champ.
Here are the official results from UFC 181, which went down in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Robbie Lawler def. Johny Hendricks via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)
Anthony Pettis def. Gilbert Melendez via submission (guillotine choke) R2, 1:53
Travis Browne def. Brendan Schaub via TKO (punches) R1, 4:50
Todd Duffee def. Anthony Hamilton via KO (punch) R1, 0:33
Tony Ferguson def. Abel Trujillo via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 4:19
Urijah Faber def. Francisco Rivera via submission (neck crank / choke) R2, 1:34
Josh Samman def. Eddie Gordon via KO (head kick) R2, 3:08
Corey Anderson def. Justin Jones via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Raquel Pennington def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via technical submission (bulldog choke) R1, 4:59
Sergio Pettis def. Matt Hobar via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Clay Collard def. Alex White via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)