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UFC 181 Fighter vs Fighter Breakdown

Posted by Niala Samnarine on Nov 6, 2014 10:21:00 AM

Two UFC® belts on the line? Yes, please.

As a live observer of the battle that was UFC® 171 in Dallas, I know MMA fans will agree with me: They cannot WAIT for Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler II. If Bigg Rigg and Ruthless’ rematch isn’t your style the UFC® has something for that as well.

It comes in the form of a first title defense for Anthony Pettis, against Gilbert Melendez, after over a year of being out of the Octagon™.

Not your cup of tea? How about a prelim card main event caliber matchup in Urijah Faber vs Francisco Rivera? Raquel Pennington vs Holly Holm (fierce fighters and potential new contenders for Ronda Rousey's belt)? Travis Browne vs Brendan Schaub?

Still not impressed? Well maybe check your pulse there’s always 2015!

For those of you who are as excited as we are, here’s an early breakdown of UFC® 181 co-main events.

Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler

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For Bigg Rigg, it’s been a long few months out of the Octagon™ as he was sidelined after surgery to repair a torn bicep. With plenty of time to prep for what’s sure to be another war against Lawler, it’s hard to say how he will bounce back. He’s taken to Twitter to show his cycle of “train, hunt, train” as he spends much of his time on the mat and getting back to form with his wrestling (with some archery sprinkled in).

As bow and arrow are not allowed in the Octagon™, it will be interesting to see how his wrestling affects the fight.

Ruthless, on the other hand, has had a busy year. After his unanimous decision loss at 171, he secured back to back victories including a TKO win over Jake Ellenberger at UFC®173 and his own UD victory in July against Matt Brown.

In part two of these men’s meeting inside the Octagon™ who do you see coming out the victor?

Anthony Pettis vs Gilbert Melendez

The champ has been hard at work brushing up on his sparring, conditioning and (dare I say) kicks. His camp has reported he is working harder than ever and looking over his latest posts on social media, that seems to be true.

As a former champ for WEC and Strikeforce, El Niño has had a taste of the gold and has put together an impressive 22-3 record coming into UFC® 181.

This one’s certainly going to be to close for us to predict, who do you think will walk away with the belt? Make your pick and tell us why in the comments below!

Kick Off December in Vegas…

...with the UFC! UFC® 181 is scheduled to go down on Dec. 6th at  Mandalay Bay. The card is stacked, the stakes are high and with some of the best matchmaking of the year, it’s bound to be a great night.

For MMA fans who have to be there, plan on a UFC VIP Experience. With pre-bundled packages get a great view of the fight, a chance to meet fighters and Octagon™ girls, tours of the Octagon™ and backstage, reserved seating at the fighter Q & A and weigh-ins, and tons of other extras.

One of the best parts? Entrance to the exclusive UFC VIP Hospitality Party Room where fighter and Octagon® girl meet and greets will take place, a full-bar, gourmet food and dessert buffets, closed-circuit television so you don’t miss a second of the action, re-entry from the arena to the party room if you want to view the pre-lims from your seat and so much more.

See the experience for yourself:


Now will we see you in Las Vegas?

Take Me to UFC® 181!

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