UFC 171 was a historic night, which featured one of the greatest welterweight title fights of all-time between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. The two fought in a stand up war for five rounds, each decisively winning a pair of separate rounds, leaving the decision to a close fifth round, where Hendricks edged his way to victory with a late takedown. In the night’s co-main event, Tyron Woodley earned a TKO win over Carlos Condit after Condit suffered a knee injury in the second round. Myles Jury dismantled the always-intense Diego Sanchez, and Hector Lombard dominated Jake Shield for three rounds to stake his claim to the welterweight top contender spot. UFC 171 gave us a new welterweight champion, and proved that the 170-pound division might be one of the most talent-rich divisions in the UFC.
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OSP Uses Von Flue Choke to Put Krylov to Sleep
The former University of Tennessee linebacker told Joe Rogan post-fight that if his opponent tries to guillotine him, he always goes for the Von Flue. At UFC 171, it earned him his 15th pro victory, and a $50,000 performance-of-the-night bonus from the UFC. It’s not a choke you see very often in the UFC these days, but who knows, maybe it will become the new fad in defending guillotines. OSP is ready for the big time, and has earned a shot at some stiffer competition. A fight with Jimi Manuwa or Ryan Bader might make sense.
Lombard Dominates Shields in One-Sided Decision Victory
Hector Lombard came out of the gate and nearly put Jake Shields away in the opening minutes of this fight. Shields was busted up pretty early on from the powerful hooks Lombard was launching in his direction, but surprisingly, Shields was able to weather the early storm. Lombard continued to dominate Shields, landing six takedowns in six tries, compared to the zero successful takedowns in the seven attempts from Shields.
The trips and throws of Lombard were things of beauty, and though he did slow down and have less in the tank as the fight wained, he was still in charge of this fight from bell to bell. It wasn’t a world beating performance, but I wouldn’t object to inserting Lombard into a title-eliminator in his next outing, maybe against Lawler or Rory Mac. There’s also Nick Diaz, who injected himself back into the mix this weekend by announcing his return to fighting, which would be a very intriguing matchup.
Jury Dismantles Sanchez, Remains Undefeated
Myles Jury wasn’t phased by the intense antics of Diego Sanchez before the fight, and he wasn’t phased by them during the fight, as he approached the constant pressure of Sanchez with a gameplan to avoid the firefights that Sanchez excelled in, and pick ‘The Nightmare’ apart one strike at a time. Jury got a takedown in the last 30 seconds of the first round, but in the second, Diego almost finished Jury with a guillotine choke.
Jury was able to make it out of the round and take Sanchez down again in the third round. Jury noted the ease in which he beat Sanchez in his post-fight interview, and whether he should be acknowledging it or not, he did make it seem like there was a pretty obvious blueprint to get past Diego Sanchez. The lightweight prospect is now 14-0 as a professional and 5-0 inside the Octagon. I think that Jury should take on the winner of the upcoming fight between Donald Cerrone vs Edson Barboza, as both guys would be solid tests for him.
Woodley wins TKO when Condit Injures Knee
In a fight with title implications, we were left with a less-than-conclusive outcome. Condit was hurt by several hard shots form Woodley in the first round, more so than we are used to seeing with “The Natural Born Killer”. A Woodley takedown in the second caused Condit to let out a painful yell, and upon standing back up, Condit clutched his knee hit the mat. An undeniable win for Woodley, but the fight didn’t thoroughly establish Woodley as the obvious number-one contender.
Hendricks Wins Title in Classic Battle With Lawler
Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler put on a fantastic fight at UFC 171. Lawler had Hendricks badly hurt in the third round, and looked to be on his way to a knockout or TKO, as Hendricks was bloodied up and taking large amounts of punishment. Hendricks, who was up two-rounds to none on the judges’ scorecards, made it out of the the third round but didn’t have a much better fourth. It all came down to the fifth, and even halfway through the last round it was still up in the air. Hendricks turned it up with some punches and got a takedown late in the round that most likely saved him the fight. Johny Hendricks leaves UFC 171 with the UFC welterweight title after setting the bar just bit higher for title fights at 170 pounds. A rematch with Lawler makes sense, but there is a long line of guys ready to challenge the new king for his thrown.