In what is undoubtedly a front runner for fight of the year, Johny Hendricks bested Robbie Lawler with the judges’ nod going in his favour after his disappointment at UFC 167. Hendricks lost a highly contested decision against Georges St-Pierre for the belt, but has now bounced back to become the new UFC welterweight champion of the world. The judges scored the contest 48-47 in a clean sweep for Bigg Rigg.
Lawler was gracious and put on an incredible performance, tagging Hendricks and pressing forward in the third and fourth round of their instant classic. Lawler deserves all the plaudits in the world, and many media members scored the fight in his favour, with the first round of the fight being a very close one that seemed to have viewers split.
However Hendricks ultimately did enough, being able to come back in the fifth round by tagging Lawler and getting the all-important takedown. He was unable to get the takedown for much of the fight and his attacks were ineffective until the very death, where Hendricks overwhelmed Lawler. That is where the championship spirit came into it.
This fight will go down as one of the greatest in UFC history and does a lot of good for all parties concerned. Hendricks gets the title he deserves, Lawler remains a huge threat to anyone at 170lbs and the UFC put on a fight that will make paying fans happy.
Where do we go from here? I would like to see Robbie Lawler fight Tyron Woodley in a number 1 contender’s fight, while Johny Hendricks goes on to fight Rory MacDonald.