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Relive The First Hendricks-Lawler Bout

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Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will attempt to duplicate their performances from earlier this year next Saturday night when they collide at UFC 181 for Hendricks’ welterweight title.

While you enjoy your Thanksgiving time with family, check out the complete fight replay of the first Hendricks-Lawler encounter, and make sure you come back next week for all your UFC 181 pre-fight news leading up to the event.

Along with the fight replay below, you can also read our play-by-play from the bout:

Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler for vacant UFC welterweight championship

We’ve arrived at the main event, and it is time to crown a new UFC welterweight champion, as Johny Hendricks squares off with Robbie Lawler.

Hendricks (15-2) is a two-time NCAA champion and has gone 6-1 in his last seven. The lone loss, a split decision defeat at the hands of Georges St-Pierre last November.

Lawler (22-9) is 3-0 since returning to the UFC from Strikeforce last year, finishing Josh Koscheck and Bobby Voelker before taking a split decision over Rory MacDonald.

The belt was vacated when GSP stepped away from MMA in December.

Round 1: No touch of gloves, and Lawler seemed to embrace the booing from the Dallas crowd. Lawler connects and is all over Hendricks seconds in. Big lefts connected, as did a knee, from Lawler. Hendricks comes back, throws a nice kick and is squared up to go again. Interesting brief flurry there from Lawler, who didn’t go for the kill to keep from using too much energy. Hendricks gets in with with the clinch, ties him against the fence and is kneeing Lawler. Right hook just misses by Lawler, who fends off a takedown attempt. Hendricks with a knee to the face, smiles and they square off again. Solid kick to the lead leg by Hendricks. More kicks from Hendricks, and Lawler has yet to respond. Hendricks with a combo, Lawler smiles, and follows up with his own strike. Hendricks really mixing kicks and punches with takedown attempts.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hendricks

Round 2: Lawler lands two big lefts to start the action here, but he has a nasty knot swelling on his lead leg. Hendricks is more flat-footed than Lawler, who is pouncing all over the place. Hendricks pushes forward, catching him with the right. Another combo from Hendricks, followed up by a kick. The right side of Lawler’s face is very discolored from the jab and hook. Another combo, followed by a knee and a kick to the leg. Hendricks’ striking is on point, as he is picking Lawler apart. Another knee catches Lawler, who answers with a left. Lawler gets a combo of his own in from close quarters as we go under two minutes. Lawler is trying to land the knockout blow, eating lefts and rights.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hendricks

Round 3: Lawler is now kicking at will, firing off at the lead leg of Hendricks. Hendricks is using his kicks to get close for strikes, forcing Lawler to cover up. Lefts, rights and knees galore from “Bigg Rigg.” Just an incredible display of talent and toughenss from these two. Lawler lands and Hendricks is wobbly with over two minutes to go. Hendricks is eating solid shots, fires back, but he looks to be really hurt. Lawler, another huge combo, and he is struggling to move and cover up. Lawler cutting off the distance, trapping Hendrciks. Another uppercut and Hendricks shoots. Lawler defends, pushes off and Hendricks wipes his nose. He is bleeding from there, possibly suffering a broken nose. Hendricks appears to have his bearings, but Lawler is still attacking. Big-time shot from Hendricks and Lawler returns fire as we go under a minute. These two have combined to land over 70 significant strikes this round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawler

Round 4: Lawler right back on the attack, coming right after Hendricks and swarming him. Lawler with a knee from the clinch. Big cut around the right eye of Hendricks and Lawler is attacking. Blood is pouring from the cut, covering the upper-half of Hendricks’ body. Swelling and it looks like he might have no vision out of the eye. With Lawler being a southpaw, that is dangerous. Two straight lefts from Lawler connect, and he answers with a knee. Hendricks is teeing off, lefts, rights and another knee again; Lawler just smiles at Hendricks. Combo from Lawler lands and that right eye of Hendricks looks horrible. Hendricks still using the kick to keep Lawler at bay from the power punch, and scores a takedown as the round comes to a close.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawler

Round 5: On-point cornering for both fighters, as they were instructed to go win the fight. Maybe a few more words than that, but we’ll keep it PG. Hendricks coming right out after Lawler, just missing on a huge left and shooting for a takedown. Lawler tries defending, balancing on one hand to stay upright. Hendricks goes to kneeing the leg, trying to chop Lawler down. Hendricks still working hard, and for the first time in this fight, the crowd is restless. The ref breaks them with three minutes to go. Lawler a jab, followed by another and Hendricks lands a kick that does damage. Lawler with a one-two combo and Hendricks answers with peppering jabs. Right hook from Lawler lands, as does another, and Hendricks answers. Lawler wobbles and Hendricks goes on the attack with his jab. The crowd gets loud and Hendricks is pushing forward. Bloody and bruised, Hendricks hits an uppercut and Lawler isn’t defending. Uppercut connects and Lawler is looking hurt. Pair of lefts to the chin of Lawler and Hendricks senses it. He drops for a double-leg and scores, dragging Lawler to the mat and possibly securing himself the UFC title.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Hendricks

Johny Hendricks def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) to become the new UFC welterweight champion

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