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Johny Hendricks edges Robbie Lawler in close fight at UFC 171

Johny Hendricks fights Robbie Lawler
Johny Hendricks fights Robbie Lawler
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UFC 171 provided plenty of exciting fights for the fans in Dallas, Texas. The main event featured a close fight between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler for the UFC Welterweight Championship, which was recently vacated by Georges St. Pierre. The co-main event was also a welterweight match, and it was between former UFC Interim Champion Carlos Condit and top ten welterweight Tyron Woodley.

In the main event, Hendricks appeared to win the first two rounds by mixing his attack with leg kicks and punches. Lawler appeared to win the next two rounds with heavy punches to Hendricks' face. Hendricks seemed to have won the fight by winning the last round. In the fifth and final round, Hendricks hurt Lawler with punches and a hard leg kick before getting a takedown. All three judges scored the fight 48-47 for Hendricks. Hendricks, who in his last fight lost a controversial split decision to Georges St. Pierre, celebrated after he was announced the new UFC Welterweight Champion.

In the co-main event, Tyron Woodley defeated Carlos Condit. In the first round of the fight, Woodley hurt Condit with heavy punches. Woodley even got two takedowns against his opponent. After a takedown, Condit attempted a triangle choke, but Woodley stood up, picked up Condit, and dropped Condit on the ground. In the second round, Woodley landed a kick to Condit's left leg and made Condit spin around. Condit, while spinning, hurt his right knee and grabbed his knee in pain as he fell to the ground. The referee stopped the fight immediately.

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