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Posted by Rory Harris on Dec 8, 2014 2:17:19 PM
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UFC 181 Recap: A New Welterweight Champ is Named!

Posted by Rory Harris on Dec 8, 2014 11:06:00 AM

Speechless. That is how some UFC® fans are feeling after the two big title fights they watched Saturday night. 

Considering the much-anticipated rematch between defending welterweight champion, Johnny Hendricks, and veteran fighter, Robbie Lawler, most fans knew to tune in.

After five rounds of back and forth jabs, kicks, takedowns, grappling and pins, one could argue both fighters have never looked better.

It was, ultimately, Lawler who came out on top, as the new welterweight champ! 

Let’s take a look back at a few key moments in the fight:

Hendricks vs. Lawler II

Key Moment 1: Lawler came out hot! “Ruthless” did not wait a moment to start his attack. He came right up to “Bigg Rigg” and started swinging.

Key Moment 2: Lawler conserved his energy in the third round while Hendricks threw punches.He seemed to allow Hendricks to tire out, which ended up giving him an advantage in final moments of the fight.

Key Moment 3: As Hendricks attempted a takedown, Lawler became like an uncaged Hulk, landing a series of furious punches and elbows on Hendricks head and body.

Time ran out as he unleashed every last ounce of energy on a waning Hendricks. Result: After five complete rounds, Lawler escaped the dreaded wrath of “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks and won by a split decision. Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler was crowned the new welterweight champion.
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UFC 181 Preview: Hendricks vs Lawler II

Posted by Rory Harris on Dec 2, 2014 12:00:00 PM

There are two coveted championship belts to fight over at UFC® 181 on Dec. 6.

Hendricks vs. Lawler

Prior to the UFC® 171 fight, Hendricks had been diagnosed with a torn bicep but he decided to go through with the fight anyways.

“Bigg Rigg” came out on top, after a five-round battle, winning by a close decision, after one of the year’s best fights between the two welterweight beasts.

The rematch for the welterweight belt will most likely be one of the closest fights in UFC® history. Getting deja vu? Their last fight had a similar ring to it.

Let's take a look at each fighter's strengths and weaknesses to see where they may have an upper hand: 


Experience: Lawler 

If this was a movie, Lawler would be the star. The veteran fighter has had a long-winded career, having made his debut all the way back in 2001. He already retired and returned once in his short lifetime of 32 years. He boasts a 24-10 record in the UFC® and has a story fans can get behind.

Grappling: Hendricks

It is no secret that Hendricks is a good wrestler. He won the NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championship while at Oklahoma State University. If it comes down to the mat, Hendricks will most likely win.

Although Lawler has certainly made strides in his technique, if Hendricks gets him down early, it will be BiggRigg's fight. It was wrestling that ultimately allowed Hendricks to beat out “Ruthless” at their last meeting at UFC® 171.

Strength: Lawler

Since his by decision loss to Hendricks, Lawler has been keeping in tip top shape. Since his loss to Hendricks, he has fought against Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger, winning against both. Hendricks, on the contrary, has laid low, nursing himself back to health after surgery on his torn bicep.

Knockouts: Hendricks

Hendricks is not just a knockout fighter; he is a knockout master. There is a theme to a few of his more famous knockouts, including that of Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch. In both cases, the two fell as if trees falling to the ground, as the big-bearded “Bigg Rigg” celebrated his victories.


Lawler: Leg kicks

Leg kicks have been kryptonite for the hard-striker and proved to be a fatal flaw for him in his first fight against Hendricks, beginning in that second round.

Hendricks: Diversity

Hendricks is a more basic, predictable fighter. He has fought the same from the beginning of his career, and the style of his fighting has evolved little since. Although his punches may be incredibly powerful, they are consistently one-sided, with his right hook being his weak spot. 

Our Prediction

The “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler will win but by the skin of his teeth, via decision. Lawler is ready for this fight. Let’s all wait and see how ruthless he can be.

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Find Your Seat at UFC 181

Posted by Jaclyn Harris on Nov 14, 2014 12:39:38 PM

The stage is set for the epic, two championship titles on the line event: UFC® 181! On Dec. 6, the welterweight and lightweight champinship belts will be up for grabs at Robbie Lawler takes on Johny Hendricks for the second time, and Anthony Pettis defends his title against Gilbert Melendez! 

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Posted by Jaclyn Harris on Nov 14, 2014 11:03:18 AM
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How to Attend UFC 181 on a Budget

Posted by Niala Samnarine on Nov 13, 2014 8:53:16 AM

That’s it, the welterweight AND lightweight UFC® belts are on the line and you’re not going to miss this one. The only problem? Dollar, dollar bills. 

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UFC 181® Fighter vs. Fighter: Pettis vs. Melendez

Posted by Rory Harris on Nov 7, 2014 5:00:42 PM

For UFC 181®, lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, is coming back in a big way. Looking to show off his newly refined skills, Pettis is slated to fight fellow Ultimate Fighter coach, Gilbert Melendez, on December 6th, 2014.

The two fighters may not pull the amount of attention that Hendricks vs. Lawler command, but do not be mistaken; this is going to be one of the best fights of the year.

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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.

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New Era for UFC's Womens Division?

Posted by Rory Harris on Nov 5, 2014 4:22:00 PM

A new era in UFC® has begun. Women Fighting in the UFC® is here to stay.

It has become one of UFC’s biggest crowd pleasers with the women fights consistently being decorated with the emotion, expression and rawness that has been missing from the sport prior to the signing of the women’s division.

Ronda’s World

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UFC 2014 and Beyond: What You Can Look Forward To!

Posted by Niala Samnarine on Sep 20, 2014 12:01:00 PM

It feels like just yesterday that we were kicking the year off with UFC® 168. It’s now more than mid-way through September with just three short months remaining before we usher in 2015.

Thus far we’ve crowned two new champions:
TJ Dillashaw and Johny Hendricks. 2014 has also brought us some Fight of the Year candidates, with epic battles, as well as, amazing title defenses.

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