UFC 171 was a joy for all fans to watch. Whether it was watching Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler go toe-to-toe for five rounds or seeing some slick submission skills from Ovince St. Preux, it was a card to remember. While nearly all fighters on the card put on a great performance, some of them stood out more than others. Take a look below to see our top three performers from UFC 171.
3. Dennis Bermudez
Dennis Bermudez put on a great performance Saturday night, battering Jimy Hettes for 2 and a half rounds before the referee mercifully stopped the fight. At one point in time, Hettes was thought of as a blue chip prospect who could possible challenge for a title which made Bermudez’s performance all the more impressive. If Bermudez continues to have performances like he did at UFC 171, he could challenge for the featherweight title very soon.
2. Tyron Woodley
While Tyron Woodley’s bout against Carlos Condit ended in an injury, there was no doubt that Woodley was well on his way to securing a win. In the first round, Woodley tagged Condit multiple times with his right hand and was able to land nearly every takedown he attempted. The second round was more of the same except a combination of a Woodley takedown and leg kick blew Condit’s knee out. The situation is very reminiscent of the second bout between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. Weidman dominated the entire fight up until Silva’s leg break, but his win is still referred to as a fluke victory. Both Weidman and Woodley’s wins are far from flukes. Simply put, Woodley dominated the number two ranked welterweight in the world and opened a lot of eyes on Saturday night.
1. Johny Hendricks
Did Johny Hendricks blow Robbie Lawler out of the cage on Saturday night? No, he didn’t. What Hendricks did show was his heart and determination to become a champion. The fight was up for grabs heading into the fifth round and all of the fight’s momentum was on Lawler’s side. Hendricks came out and took it to Lawler in the fifth, landing the harder punches and a crucial takedown at the end of the fight. It was a very stark contrast to his fight against St. Pierre where Hendricks put it on cruise control in the fifth round and lost the fight. Hendricks’ first two rounds of the fight were great as well. He showed himself to be more than a power puncher by putting together brutal combinations and hammering Lawler with leg kicks. Still, it was Hendricks’ heart and determination that were the deciding factors in the fight.
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