UFC 171 is headlined by a welterweight title fight between Johny Hendricks (15-2) and Robbie Lawler (22-9) who fought to place a new welterweight champion atop the division.
The co-main event was another highly anticipated welterweight bout as Carlos Condit (29-7) took on Tyron Woodley (12-2). Both were coming off impressive victories and a solid showing could produce a title shot for the winner.
Two prospective 205-pounders, both with their eyes set on a successful 2014 will kick off the UFC 171 card.
Main Card (Pay-Per-View) 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT
Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler
Round 1: Lawler struck first on Hendricks who couldn’t get Lawler down even on nicely timed shots. Lawler had a distinct speed advantage. Lawler had a nice long jab to keep Hendricks away who came in with that right hook-left straight combination that worked well in the past. Hendricks closed out the round strong with a combination and control in a clinch.
Round 2: Hendricks was smooth in round 2. He finished his combinations with a leg kick religiously and was extremely active without wasting energy. As Lawler came in with slick head movement, Hendricks landed more combos. Lawler would wait until he had a second to swing back and would crack Hendricks. It was hard to score these close exchanges. Hendricks was blasted at the end of the round as he threw with his hands down.
Round 3: Hendricks had the more for Lawler although it was Lawler who advanced. Hendricks was rocked and beaten up badly by Lawler who didn’t stop his assault. Hendricks wasn’t out of the fight yet though as he swung back later in the round and connected well. Hendricks stuck to the cage while Lawler circled with him and kept some control over the Octagon.
Round 4: This round was Lawler’s for the beginning. He landed just about everything and did as much as he could to hurt a bloodied Hendricks. The latter persevered and even pressured Lawler late in the round. Hendricks also gained the first takedown of the fight with about ten seconds remaining to finish the round.
Round 5: Hendricks held on to a grueling clinch for a while. Lawler broke free and both men were tired. Hendricks rocked Lawler and hurt him as he now set up to finish. Hendricks drove forward and rocked Lawler even worse with each punch. He shot down for a takedown and secured it on Lawler against the cage. Hendricks held on to the takedown with whatever he had left as a disappointed Lawler sat in his guard until the bell sounded to end the fight.
Official Results: Johny Hendricks defeats Robbie Lawler via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley
Round 1: Woodley hit Condit with two hard right hands on two counters. He then landed a long combination on Condit who took the shots well. Woodley closed in and grabbed a hold of Condit against the cage. Condit broke the clinch and hit Woodley. Woodley brought him down and then slammed him to escape the triangle. Woodley hit Condit on the feet again and got himself another takedown. They got back up after a short time and went at it to finish the first round with Condit dodging a close spinning back fist.
Round 2: Condit was taken down in the first minute and winced when he was falling. It wasn’t clear if he sustained an injury yet. Woodley was less active from the top as Condit punched with both hands from the bottom. It became apparent quickly as Woodley kicked the leg of Condit who collapsed, clinching his knee. The referee called the fight due to the injury.
Official Results: Tyron Woodley defeats Carlos Condit via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 2:00 of Round 2.
Myles Jury vs. Diego Sanchez
Round 1: Sanchez was wobbled by a punch to the temple. He straightened back up and waved Jury in. Sanchez ran in with his fists flying and traded punches with Jury before locking up a clinch. Jury was opening up more and hit Sanchez with some hard strikes. Sanchez wanted to make it a brawl and ran towards Jury. The first takedown was by Jury who shot in on Sanchez and brought him down.
Round 2: Sanchez was still ready to fight. He got tagged by Jury with an elbow which opened him up on the left cheek. Jury’s accuracy superseded the aggression of Sanchez. Jury became he more successful striker and popped Sanchez with counters. Jury was blasted by a right hand to the forehead but still managed to get a takedown. Sanchez got a guillotine on Jury and squeezed tight. Jury gave a thumbs up and stayed patient until he escaped the hold. Jury got back up and hit Sanchez on the break.
Round 3: Sanchez was brought in to the third round. Jury stuck to a disciplined distance. Sanchez marched forward on jury but cow;don’t land significant or clean shots. Jury timed a telegraphed hook and duck under for a takedown. With about a minute left, Jury was in control. Sanchez locked a guillotine as the fight drew to a close.
Official Results: Myles Jury defeats Diego Sanchez via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields
Round 1: Lombard rocked Jake Shields in each of the three flurries he used in the first minute. He was dropped ad thrown in under 60-seconds. He somehow got back to his feet but was backed up by Lombard continuously. Lombard hurt Shields several more times and dropped him, falling in to Shields full guard. Shields was bleeding badly at this point. The round ended with Shield’s on his back.
Round 2: Shields took the advice of his corner and came out with a kick in round 2. Lombard blocked it and let go on a combination. It wobbled Shields as Lombard grabbed ahold of him and kicked his feet out, slamming Shields to his back. Lombard used the guard of Shields to rest until the referee stood them up. Lombard had slowed but looked to be full of energy. He stood flat-footed in the center of the Octagon and let Shields come in. Lombard next scored with a stiff counter in to the clinch with Shields. He then flipped Shields over his hip and slammed him on his back to end the round, again, in guard.
Round 3: Shields shot in for a takedown but was stuffed. Lombard picked them both back to the feet then slammed Shields down again. They were stood up but hit the mat again when the same sequence followed suit. Lombard stayed in the guard of Shields until another stand up resumed the striking. Shields was able to get a guillotine locked in but didn’t have enough time to work on it and the fight ended.
Official Results: Hector Lombard defeats Jake Shields via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Nikita Krylov vs. Ovince St. Preux
Round 1: St. Preux came out with a big kick and dove in for an easy takedown. St. Preux moved up and locked up a von flue choke. He worked it tighter from side-control and Krylov didn’t even have a chance to tap. He went unconscious and Dan Miragliotta was forced to stop the fight.
Official Results: Ovince St. Preux defeats Nikita Krylov via Submission (von flue choke) at 1:29 of Round 1.