However, it didn't take long for UFC fans to see a finish at UFC 171, as Sean Strickland defeated Bubba McDaniel via submission in the second fight of the night.
Also on the UFC 171 preliminary card, Justin Scoggins continued to impress with a unanimous decision victory over Will Campuzano.
The UFC 171 Fight Pass preliminary card concluded with Francisco Trevino defeating Renee Forte by unanimous decision.
UFC 171 then turned to Fox Sports 2 for the first televised bouts of the evening.
Alex Garcia defeated Sean Spencer in a razor-close decision victory in the first Fox Sports 2 fight of the night, and Dennis Bermudez followed with a vicious knockout win over Jimy Hettes.
For Bermudez, the finish came in the third round of action.
Later in the UFC 171 card in Dallas, Jake Shields fights Hector Lombard and Carlos Condit takes on Tyron Woodley.
UFC President Dana White said earlier this week that any one of the four men could be in the mix for a title shot with an impressive performance at UFC 171.
If Shields, Lombard, Condit or Woodley walks away from UFC 171 with a big knockout win, there's a good chance they'll be the next up for a title shot against the winner of Hendricks vs Lawler.
In the main event of UFC 171, the UFC will crown a new welterweight champ for the first time in seven years.
Will it be Johny Hendricks or Robbie Lawler? Time will tell how it will all play out, but Hendricks looked extremely gaunt at the UFC 171 weigh-ins.
Hendricks failed to make weight on his first attempt, so fight fans aren't sure how much of a toll the weight cut took on him.
As for Lawler, he easily made weight for his UFC 171 tilt. Since Lawler looked fantastic at the UFC 171 weigh-in, he heads into the bout as a slight favorite.