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UFC 181: Lawler dethrones Hendricks; Pettis finishes Melendez; other results

The UFC crowned a new champion this Saturday, Dec. 6.

After five tough rounds in the main event of UFC 181, Robbie Lawler was appointed by two of the three judges as the new welterweight belt holder.

As their first encounter, thos Saturday’s fight was close with both fighters connecting powerful shots.

Lawler started out better, but Hendricks dominated rounds 2 and 3.

Lawler stepped on the gas on round 4 and finished off strong on Round 5, ending the fight clearly in a superior fashion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_eZmDbb7Nk

In the co-main event of the evening, Anthonny Pettis proved once again why he is the ruler of the lightweight division.

After a close round 1, Pettis finished the fight against Gilbert Melendez with a slick guillotine choke.

It was the first time Meledez got submitted in the UFC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfaHvhPONa0

Here are the complete results of the evening.

Main Card (on Pay-Per-View)

Robbie Lawler def. Johny Hendricks by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)

Anthony Pettis def. Gilbert Melendez via submission (guillotine) at 1:52 of Rd2

Travis Browne def. Brendan Schaub via TKO (punches) at 4:50 of Rd1

Todd Duffee def. Anthony Hamilton via TKO (punches) at 0:33 of Rd1

Tony Ferguson def. Abel Trujillo via submission (RNC) at 4:19 of Rd2

Preliminary Card

Urijah Faber def. Francisco Rivera by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:34 at R2

Josh Samman def. Eddie Gordon by KO (head kick) at 3:08 at R2

Corey Anderson def. Justin Jones by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Raquel Pennington def. Ashlee Evans-Smith by submission (bulldog choke) at 4:59 at R1

Sergio Pettis def. Matt Hobar by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Clay Collard def. Alex White by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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