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Johny Hendricks wins UFC welterweight championship

DALLAS (AP) -- Johny Hendricks won the vacant welterweight championship Saturday night, unanimously outpointing Robbie Lawler in five rounds at UFC 171.

Tyron Woodley won the co-feature, stopping Carlos Condit to set up a likely title bout against Hendricks in the 170-pound division.

Fighting in Hendricks' adopted hometown, Lawler opened a cut beside Hendricks' right eye in the fourth round. All three judges scored the fight 28-27 for Hendricks.

Hendricks Beats Lawler To Claim Vacated Title

The title was vacated by Georges St. Pierre, who had held it since 2007. In his final defense, St. Pierre took a disputed split decision over Hendricks in November.

Would Hendricks feel vindicated if he could fight and defeat St. Pierre?

"No, but I'd like to. I think I'm better now. I'm only learning," the 30-year-old said.

The 31-year-old Lawler lost the first two rounds, but won the third and fourth before falling short in the final round.

"The fifth round. That's where I lost it in the GSP fight," Hendricks said. "I nearly died again. I was sitting there thinking, `Not another GSP.' I was thinking, `Please call my name.'"

The announcer did.

Hendricks improved to 16-2, and Lawler fell to 22-10 with one no contest.

"When you leave it up to the judges, that's what happens. I just didn't do enough to win," Lawler said.

Hendricks' background as a two-time NCAA wrestling champion at Oklahoma State helped him take down Lawler twice.

"Wrestling is part of our sport," Lawler said. "I've wrestled with some high-level guys."

Hendricks and Lawler fought cautiously in the first round. Midway through the second, Hendricks landed a succession of punches and kicks. Lawler rallied in the closing minute.

Woodley, 31, competed for the University of Missouri against Hendricks and OSU.

"Me and Johny have some unfinished business from Big 12 days of wrestling," Woodley said.

Woodley's bout ended two minutes into the second round after his leg kick behind Condit's left knee caused his right knee to buckle. Condit fell to the octagon floor in pain, and hobbled out of the arena. Woodley is 13-2.

"You know what's next," Woodley said. "The title. If I can get to (Condit) and beat him, I can be the world champion."

All but the title bout were scheduled for three five-minute rounds.

Also on the main card, welterweight Hector Lombard dominated the bloody Jake Shields, winning by unanimous decision. Shields lost a title bout to St. Pierre in 2011.

It took light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux just 1:29 to win by submission with a Von Flue choke against Nikita Krylov.

Lightweight Myles Jury, who has won all 14 of his professional bouts, took a unanimous decision over Diego Sanchez.

Among the prelims, Alex Garcia of Montreal took a fiercely contested welterweight split decision over Dallas' Sean Spencer.

Kelvin Gastelum opened a cut on Rick Story's left cheek in each round on the way to a split decision in a welterweight fight.

In the only women's bout, bantamweight Jessica Andrade of Niteroi, Brazil, won a split decision against Raquel Pennington.


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kennye68 March 17 2014 at 4:43 PM

I think most of the Women in the UFC would beat almost any Boxer in there weight class if it was fought in the cage.Anyone that says comments like a couple i read below are funny as hell to read.Ignorent,people with no knowledge or first hand insight to MMA,should just shut up.Boxing is stil a good sport,but take boxing in the real world and they would be done.Theres clinches in boxing,but ANY boxer that dare fight in the UFC and got in a clinch situation,would get slammed on there necks and beat til they wet there pants and were out cold.FACT.No boxer Champ or not,wouldnt stand a chance in the cage.One demensional is ok in Boxing,but in a REAL Fight,would only help them for a second until the get choked or elbowed or triangled or leg locked,or kicked to the head.Mancould go forever on the ways they would get killed.They would have to land a lucky punch,and then i stil doubt theyd knock anyone out.Just my 50 cents..

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a2004ssr kennye68 March 17 2014 at 11:24 PM

You must be high , very very high.

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scirina29 March 17 2014 at 12:20 PM

At this level every move is a chess match...Every punch, kick, knee, and ones foot work is deliberate..These guys are multi disciplined with very high fight IQ''s...

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HIGHPOWER March 17 2014 at 12:45 PM

As I read some of the comments it clear to me how clueless some are as to the skills, training , dedication, time and versatility that these athletes have and devote to their craft.

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audiopulse March 18 2014 at 2:30 AM

What's with the padded gloves ? Why not good ol' fashion bare-knuckle fisticuffs ala John L. Sullivan ?

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dferr7458 March 18 2014 at 1:20 AM

love the mma and strikeforce cant wait to one day see it live.

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danny March 17 2014 at 9:11 PM

I would have given Lawler a 10-8 round in the third.That would have made it a draw.

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sequestereddems danny March 18 2014 at 12:40 AM

I had it the same Danny.They need to use the 10-8 more when its warranted.

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valdemarjr March 17 2014 at 7:15 PM

Hendricks looks like.... A MUSLIM TERRORIST. Just disgusting to look at. I certainly WOULD NOT want to sit next to this guy on an airplane.....

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sequestereddems valdemarjr March 18 2014 at 12:40 AM

Don't be a beard bigot vald.

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dawsonreaper44 March 17 2014 at 11:57 AM

Why did GSP vacate his title

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Swordfish dawsonreaper44 March 17 2014 at 3:38 PM

Lost his nerve.

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kennye68 dawsonreaper44 March 17 2014 at 4:56 PM

He had some Family personnel problems and some other thing that were distracting him from putting 100% into training, etc etc.And when Dana White gave him no support and only wanted his Money machine to keep Fighting no matter whats goin on with GSP.Georges was over it and left,he didnt let a guy who never fought,tell him what he should and shouldnt do and that he should Fight no matter how bad things were in GSP's life.Its Money for Dana and Health and Well being for GSP.He did the right thing.If your' not in there 100% everytime you Fight and train,than you could put your'self in a very bad position.GSP is a great guy and DW should have looked out for him instead of his own wallet,imo.Peace.And Happt St Paddy's Day people.

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Santa March 17 2014 at 12:02 PM

he got whooped really bad.

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mdesmet79 March 17 2014 at 10:05 AM

Lawler beat him up.

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