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Chris Weidman Injured, UFC 181 Receives New Main Event

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A hand injury to Chris Weidman has forced the postponement of a planned middleweight championship match with Vitor Belfort at UFC 181.

Instead, the main event for the December 6 card will feature Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title. This championship match was originally rumored for early in 2015.

The co-main remains intact for UFC 181, as Anthony Pettis defends his lightweight title against Gilbert Melendez. A handful of other matches have been confirmed for the night.

Hendricks won the title with a decision win over Lawler in March. He suffered a torn bicep in the win, though, and has been on the sidelines since. Lawler scored a pair of victories over Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown to secure a second shot at the title.

“I’m excited for this UFC title fight!” Lawler poster on Twitter after news of the bout. “Let’s do this! Thank u fans!”

The Weidman-Belfort bout will be rescheduled to a later date.

Below is the current list of fights for the card:

UFC Welterweight Championship
Johny Hendricks (c) vs. Robbie Lawler

UFC Lightweight Championship
Anthony Pettis (c) vs. Gilbert Melendez

Heavyweight: Travis Browne vs. Brendan Schaub

Light Heavyweight: Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante

Heavyweight: Todd Duffee vs. Anthony Hamilton