Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing "Sin City" mixed martial arts (MMA) fans a stellar championship doubleheader, as UFC 181 is officially locked and loaded for this Sat. (Dec. 6, 2014) inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The "Hendricks vs. Lawler 2" pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza features the highly-anticipated rematch between newly-minted welterweight champion, Johny "Bigg Rigg" Hendricks, and the man he most recently defeated via narrow decision to win it, "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler.
Not to be outdone, lightweight champion, Anthony "Showtime" Pettis, will make his first-ever 155-pound title defense since winning the belt more than one year ago when he takes on top-ranked contender -- and opposing coach on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 -- Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 181 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining under card balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET before the PPV start time at 10 p.m. ET.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 181 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 181 QUICK RESULTS:
Robbie Lawler defeats Johny Hendricks via split decision (49-46, 48-47, 47-48)
Anthony Pettis def. Gilbert Melendez via submission (guillotine) at 1:53 of Round 2
Travis Browne def. Brendan Schaub via TKO (ground & pound) at 4:50 of Round 1
Todd Duffee def. Anthony Hamilton via KO (punch) at 0:33 of Round 1
Tony Ferguson def. Abel Trujillo via submission (RNC) at 4:19 of Round 2
Urijah Faber def. Francisco Rivera via submission (bulldog choke) at 1:34 of Round 2
Josh Samman def. Eddie Gordon via KO (headkick) at 3:08 of Round 2
Corey Anderson def. Justin Jones via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
Raquel Pennington def. Ashlee Evans-Smith via submission (bulldog choke) at 4:59 of Round 1
Sergio Pettis def. Matt Hobar via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Clay Collard def. Alex White via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
UFC 181 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
170 lbs.: UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler
Round 1: Hendricks in black, Lawler in gray, Dean the ref. Lawler coming out hard and he's landing quickly. Knee to the body. Knee to the chin. Another to the chin. A big right. Hendricks gets in a left. Lawler slips but stands and hits a left. Hendricks with a straight right. Clinch from Lawler, doesn't land much. They break. Another Thai clinch, Hendricks backs him to the cage. Elbow from Robbie. Hendricks with the grind against the cage still. Hendricks drops down, can't get the takedown. Body knees from Lawler. Knee to the face, too. More knees. Double leg attempt, still can't get it. So much for Johny's "much better wrestling". Continuous knees from Lawler to the body. There's one from Hendricks to the chin. Inside leg kick from Johny. Left hand and a leg kick from the champ. Same combo again. And again, but separately this time. Hendricks with a combo and he's punching and kicking with aplomb. There's the takedown with 30 seconds left. Liver shot from Hendricks.
Round 2: Left from Lawler to open. Inside leg kick from Hendricks. Left hand and a head kick that Johny just eats like nothing. There's a leg kick back from Lawler. Lawler with a jab. Rob with a lunging elbow. Big left from the challenger. There's a nice flurry from Johny and he ends it with another leg kick. Nice right and a left from Hendricks. A right into a takedown attempt. Stuffed by Robbie. Knees to the thigh from Hendricks. He's content to batter the leg it seems. John clasps his hands and finally gets the Iowan to the ground. Left from Hendricks before going back to ensuring he's in position. Knee to the body from Hendricks. Lawler to one knee. Now he's up. Front kick to Johny's mouth. Jab from the champ. There's the inside leg kick again. 3-2 from Hendricks. There's a right. Two leg kicks. Solid jab from Lawler. Uppercut from Lawler. Big kicks from both men. Lawler slips to the ground and Hendricks tries a last second guillotine for no apparent reason.
Round 3: Big leg kick again. Front kick to the body and jabs from the challenger in answer. Nice left, misses the right, huge leg kick from Hendricks. Another nice flurry, ending it Dutch style with that leg kick yet again. Another combo the same way. Hook and a kick. Cross and a kick. Lawler needs to change something up soon. Nice jabs from the champ. Lawler coming forward, but not throwing. Every time Rob comes forward, Hendricks flurries at him and lands repeatedly. Tons of combos here. Lawler is so tough, but this is almost a 10-8 so far. There's the takedown. Lawler trying to keep Hendricks tied down, manages to get back up without taking any damage. Clinch into the face. Another takedown attempt, but Lawler maintains his wide base. Gets it finally with 20 seconds left.
Round 4: Finally, Lawler lands a nice left. Right and a knee from Hendricks. Another inside leg kick from John. Hendricks kicks the leg, loops a hook and pushes Lawler across the entire octagon into the cage. Dean breaks it up 90 seconds in. They both trade lefts. Now Hendricks goes back to the punch-punch-kick combo. Lawler just misses on a huge head kick. Lands one to the body. Hendricks again firing back. Jab, jab hook from the champ. John with a jab, Left from Rob. Takedown in the center of the cage. They're right on the bud light logo. Lawler tying him up well. Lawler trying harder, throwing more now. Hendricks slows it down with a single leg that Lawler defends well. Up to the cage again and Dean is calling for work. Lawler fights it off and is swinging. Free elbows for Lawler here as Hendricks has left his head stuck out there. Bad position for Hendricks at the end of the round left him taking about 20 unanswered.
Round 5: Hendricks opens up with a left, a takedown that gets stuffed and they're back exchanging. Hendricks tries a blast double, can't get it. Rob with a knee. Dean about to break it.... and there it is at 3:45. Right from "Bigg Rigg". Lawler pushing forward. Couple of body kicks from Lawler and a bunch of punches from John. Sprawl on the takedown, Johny turns it to the cage and we've got "Let's work!" from Herb. There's the break. Two minutes to go. Rights from both men. Hendricks with the single that again turns into wall 'n' stall. Yet another "embracing the grind" remark from Goldberg. Lawler turns a bit and it's the same position as the last round. Big hammerfists from Lawler and Hendricks adjusts. Elbows to the body from Lawler. Finally he breaks free and Lawler is swinging wildly, landing a lot.... punches, kicks... but it's too little, too late for me.
Final result: Robbie Lawler defeats Johny Hendricks via decision (split) 49-46, 48-47, 47-48
155 lbs.: UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez
Round 1: Gil in red, Pettis in black, Big John the ref. Pettis with a low kick to open, Gil comes forward with a takedown attempt. Pettis gets his hips back and is up standing. They separate and Pettis with a high kick. Gil pressures for a takedown, gets it, but for the briefest of moments. Gil heavy with a body lock and has a hook in on a standing Pettis. Gil punching a bit to try and loosen up Tony. Back of the head hammerfist as well. Pettis is free. Gil punching forward and goes into a takedown. Gets it up against the cage. Two nice rights from Gil, but the space allows Pettis to get to a knee. Gil locks his arms around the waist and is punching the thigh with his right hand. Pettis gets him away and headkicks him. Spinning back kick to Gil's body. Gil closes the distance again and they're up against the cage. No takedown here. Left from Gil and another takedown again. Gil swinging. Pettis backs him off with a right. Gil with a left. Shot stuffed from Gil. Jump knee from the champ. Both men trade hooks. Takedown attempt again. No dice. Left kick to Gil's body.
Round 2: Gil with a left trying to get him close. Pettis circles out. Both men eat lefts, but Gil is in on yet another TD attempt. Right from Pettis. Takedown attempt thwarted. Gil flurrying with punches. Front kick from Pettis. Melendez with a right, Pettis with a nice right. Takedown attempt stuffed and Pettis jumps on a guillotine... he rolls him AND GETS THE TAP!
Final result: Anthony Pettis defeats Gilbert Melendez via submission (guillotine) at 1:53 of Round 2
265 lbs.: Travis Browne vs. Brendan Schaub
Round 1: Browne in gray, Schaub in black, and the ref is Yamasaki. Low kick from Schaub. Another. Browne catches a body kick and dumps him, but doesn't follow him down. Knee from Browne as Brendan tried for a takedown. Schaub with an uppercut. Jab answers Brendan's low kick. Brendan whiffs on a big right. Browne stuffs a takedown momentarily, but Schaub is persistent. Browne scrambling and is up, back down from a trip. They're up, Schaub has Browne's back, Travis turns into him... they're in the clinch on the cage. and separate. Uppercut from Browne hurts Brendan. He's hurt and Brendan is down. Browne with the GNP. Mounts Schaub and punishing. Schaub escapes. Mount again. two big rights and Brendan is bleeding from the mouth. Mount a third time and Schaub is getting waylayed. Schaub rolls to his stomach, and gets flattened out. Punches to the dome. He's swinging away. Schaub trying to make it out of there, but Browne still working hard for the GNP finish here. Finally gets it with seconds left in the round.
Final result: Travis Browne defeats Brendan Schaub via TKO (ground and pound) at 4:50 of Round 1
265 lbs.: Todd Duffee vs. Anthony Hamilton
Round 1: So yea. CM Punk to the UFC. This is gonna be fun y'all. Duffman in black, Hamilton in white, Herb Dean gonna try and control these big men. Hamilton loading his punches and... wow. How about that. Hamilton got in a left, but Duffee just turned out the lights on Hamilton. That was quick. Nice replay. That shows it land directly on the temple.
Final result: Todd Duffee defeats Anthony Hamilton via KO (punch) at 0:33 of Round 1
155 lbs.: Tony Ferguson vs. Abel Trujillo
Round 1: Green for Ferguson, Black for Trujillo and we've got McCarthy again. Body kick from Tony is the first solid shot of the fight. Another liver kick lands, but Tony gets tagged hard by Abel. Trujillo presses forward for the kill, but isn't able to get it. Both men land lefts. Kick and a takedown for Trujillo. Ferguson is back up. Trujillo breaks away with an uppercut that doesn't connect. Right hand from Trujillo. Left hand lands for Abe. Fergy with a body kick, but gets it caught and he's taken down. Mission Control for Ferg. Trujillo breaks out of it and is bombing down right hands. Tony trying a bit for an omoplata. Nice jab from Ferguson. That jab again. Left from "Killa". Ferguson walking him down.
Round 2: Jab from Tony, a right from Abel. Trujillo with the takedown attempt, but it fails. Nice inside leg kick from Ferg and a great sprawl from the takedown. D'arce attempt, that Tony gives up to try and take the back. Fergy tried to get the back, but slipped down over the head for a kimura attempt. Trujillo on top now, eats an upkick. Zero shots thrown before Ferguson gets up and grabs a body lock on Abel. There's the takedown and the pace of the fight has worn out Trujillo. Ferguson was looking for something on the neck, but left room for Trujillo to stand. Abel with the takedown, but Fergy whizzers out of it. Front headlock from Tony and he snaps down Abel. Tries to go for the back, settles for some hammerfists to the side of the head. One hook from Ferguson finally. Tony latches onto a rear naked choke as Trujillo tried to move and left his neck out.
Final result: Tony Ferguson defeats Abel Trujillo via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:19 of Round 2
135 lbs.: Urijah Faber vs. Francisco Rivera
Round 1: This is a hell of a card when you've got Faber fighting at 9PM. Rivera in black, Faber in blue and our third is Yamasaki. Rivera looking to counterpunch early. Neither man throwing much, honestly. This might be the slowest paced bantamweight fight I've ever seen. Faber gets in a right. So does "Cisco". Rivera stumbles off his own kick, but gets back up before anything happens. Faber overhands into a takedown attempt, but he was offline and didn't get the lock on the body. Rivera with a nice kick. Faber gets in a clipping right. Faber gets in a left. Fake takedown from Faber. Rivera stuffs a takedown attempt. Leg kick from Rivera. Right hand from Rivera, too.
Round 2: Slow start to the round again. Another stuffed takedown. Suddenly, Rivera is covering up from something and Faber pounces on him, swarming for punches. Faber looks to have a bulldog/rear naked choke on. He gets the tap! Oh, hell, the replays show that Faber poked him right in the eyes before the final swarm. That's unfortunate.
Final result: Urijah Faber defeats Francisco Rivera via submission (bulldog choke) at 1:34 of Round 2
185 lbs.: Eddie Gordon vs. Josh Samman
Round 1: Gordon in brown, Samman in red and Herb Dean controlling the fight. Samman tries for a kick, gets countered by a huge overhand right that Samman basically falls to the ground to evade. They scramble with Gordon trying to grab a neck and Samman trying for the takedown. They're up and Samman knees Gordon in the junk. We pause and when we resume, Gordon hip tosses Samman down into full guard. Butterfly guard. Full guard. Matt Serra is yelling as only Matt can. Not much happening here. Gordon body punching. After warnings from Dean, we've finally got a standup. Head kick from Josh but also eats a big right. Gordon with a takedown into half guard. Gordon with a right. Elbow. Full guard. Samman looking for a kimura. Gordo with more body punches.
Round 2: Gordon with a right hand and some spinning shit that I missed has a scramble initiated. Samman falls off the back and Gordon lands on top in full guard. We're stalled again. Samman trying to cage walk, but abandons it to maintain full guard. Samman trying for a triangle. Half guard. Even Rogan is calling this boring. We've got a standup. Samman with a right and he SLEEPS GORDON WITH ONE HUGE HEAD KICK!
Final result: Josh Samman wins via KO (headkick) at 3:08 of Round 2
205 lbs.: Corey Anderson vs. Justin Jones
Round 1: Anderson in blue, Jones in red and we've got John McCarthy in the cage. Anderson gets a takedown stuffed early. Nice body kick from Anderson. Jones with a left. Jones can't land a takedown. Uppercut from Anderson is answered with a left by Jones. Lunging jab from Jones. There's a left from him, too. He runs into a takedown attempt, but uses it to jump a guillotine. Anderson manages to move it from side control, so the guillotine wouldn't work. They break and stand. Anderson with a pair of nice knees, a big punch, too. Anderson with a jump knee. Big right from Jones. Jones checks a leg kick. Anderson with a level change and lands a double leg. Failed guillotine attempt from Jones again. They stand back. Jones with two nice body knees. Liver kick from Jones. Jones charges in, but Anderson spins to the back and drags him down. GNP from Anderson here. Jones spins and gains half guard. Jones trying to sweep, but can't get it.
10-9 Jones in a really close round.
Round 2: Body kick from Jones, but it came as Anderson was moving forward for a takedown, so Jones had to hip away immediately. Anderson pressing against the metal and knees Jones to the body. They separate. Nice left from Jones. He gets in a right, too. Anderson blasts forward with a huge double leg that surprises Jones and he's on his butt. Jones threatens that guillotine and uses it to stand up again. They both get in body knees. Big jump knee from Anderson. He's working well in this clinch. A couple more knees from the TUF winner. Jones fires back with some knees of his own. Big leg kick from Jones. Right from Anderson. Another leg kick and another from Jones. A solid one to the back of the knee. Anderson in the clinch gets a body lock. Big double leg from Anderson. Quarter guard and Anderson throwing some rights.
Round 3: Jones with another nice leg kick to open up. They clinch and Anderson is hitting the Thai stuff while Jones is going with the dirty boxing. Anderson fights to a double leg and picks up Jones. He Hughes slams Jones 3/4 of the way across the cage. Anderson with a front headlock now after a brief scramble. Anderson tries to spin to the back, but can't get it. Anderson pitter-pattering away on Jones. One hook in for Anderson. It's gone. Jones bursts and stands into the clinch. Nice spinning elbow from Anderson on Jones... odd typing that. BJM calls for work. Anderson drops down and gets another double into a brief guillotine attempt. Anderson looking for an Americana, but can't get it. Anderson ends the fight in top position, landing some GNP.
Final result: Corey Anderson defeats Justin Jones via decision (unanimous) 30-27 x2, 30-26
135 lbs.: Raquel Pennington vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Round 1: Pennington in green, Evans in white and Mark Smith is the third again. Pennington with a clinch, but gets reversed up against the fence. Knee from Raquel as Evans goes for a single. She gets the trip and is in quarter guard. Pennington working hard to regain a better guard, and gets half. Evans without too much, postures to throw and gets pulled into full guard. Evans picks her up to slam, but Pennington lets go at the right time and is back standing. Evans with a knee. Pennington scoots out and gets a body lock to the back. Evans spins so they're facing again. Evans turns Pennington, Raquel reverses. Pennington with some nice uppercuts and Ashlee answers with some knees. Pennington limp legs out of a single. Pennington bleeding heavy from a head wound. Knees from both women. Pennington sucks in some knees to get a nice takedown. Evans turns at the end and Pennington has a bulldog choke on. It looks really tight right at the end of the round... the horn sounds and it's unclear if Evans is still conscious! We won't know yet because Fox just snap cut to commercial as soon as the round ended!
Commercial break is over and... Pennington has won! Ashlee Evans-Smith has gone out!
Final result: Raquel Pennington defeats Ashlee Evans-Smith via submission (bulldog choke) at 4:59 of Round 1
135 lbs.: Sergio Pettis vs. Matt Hobar
Round 1: Hobar in white, Pettis in black, Mario Yamasaki the ref. BIG left from Hobar just fifteen seconds in drops Pettis. Pettis recovers with a foot sweep. They trade and Hobar gets in another left. Pettis with a right. Hobar gets the takedown after another chin check. Hobar not doing much here in full guard. Pettis nearly kicks him off, but Hobar is sticky. Hobar eats an upkick, but falls down into side control. Weird looking head scissors/triangle from the bottom from Pettis. Sergio lets go and kicks him again. Hobar postures and gets in a left. Another foot sweep from Pettis gets Hobar away and they're back standing. Hobar with a high kick. Pettis with one, too. Pettis with a low kick and looks fluid here. Hobar with a thudding inside leg kick. Wheel kick lands for Pettis, as does a body kick. Pettis catches a kick and takes Hobar down. Matt immediately scrambles and is up in north-south position. Hobar with some body knees at the end.
Round 2: Pettis with a right, but it wasn't at full force. Hobar gets his kick caught and he eats a head kick. Hobar with a single leg, but Sergio gets out of it and head kicks Hobar again. Another good shot here from Pettis. Pettis going full on here trying to get the finish. He's hitting Hobar repeatedly. Hobar down, and Pettis follows after he can't finish with some ground and pound. Full guard. Hobar chilling here, recovering. Mario stands them up with 2:20 left. Big right from Pettis and Hobar stumbles. They both land lefts. Right from Pettis with 90 seconds to go. Hobar catches the body kick and gets a big takedown. Butterfly guard from Sergio. Decent left from Matt. Mission control from Pettis. Hobar's eye is swollen now. Triangle attempt and an upkick here. Hobar spins out and ends on top.
Round 3: Slow start here. Hobar gets in a 3-2. Jab from Hobar and a level change from Hobar. Pettis gets out of the single-leg. Hobar gets in a liver kick. Rogan and Goldie going on and on about Pettis, but he hasn't landed much this round. There's a knee from Hobar. Matt catches a kick into a single. They clinch to the cage, but Hobar lets go.Nice jabs from Pettis. Clinch and a break. Teep from "Crowbar". Kick from Pettis. Hobar not looking good, but throwing volume. Pettis pops the head back with a right. Hobar with a takedown attempt, Pettis sprawls... and is still upright. Hobar with a shot at the end of the round that goes nowhere.
Final result: Sergio Pettis defeats Matt Hobar via decision (unanimous) 30-27, 29-28 x2
145 lbs.: Clay Collard vs. Alex White
Round 1: Collard in yellow, White is disappointingly in red. Our ref is Mark Smith and boy, is that arena empty. Collard with a low kick and a weird jumping double kick that doesn't do anything. Collard misses with a big lead left hook. They clinch 45 seconds in. Collard with some body punches. White gets in a straight right. Solid combo that ends with a leg kick from Collard. White slugging over the top of a Thai plumm and landing a few. Collard punching White back to the cage before backing off. White with a nice couple of punches. White swinging wild and missing. Clinch and they're trading in a phone booth. White is tripped down, but gets back up before absorbing much of anything.
10-9 Collard in an exciting first
Round 2: Collard gets in a big hook that catches white and stumbles him. White hurt and Collard swarms in. Back mount for Collard. White rolls and manages to get out and goes for a leg lock. He uses that threat to stand and now he's going for a takedown. Big knee from White. A right hand, too. Collard lands that left hook again. White is bleeding now, too. That leg kick is landing all day for Collard. Uppercut from White. White changes levels and goes for a single. He's stuffed, but keeps running for it. Collard drops down from that takedown into a triangle attempt that's pretty damn good looking, but White fights through it and now he's back up. Collard is up, but stumbling. Not sure from what. They're rock 'em sock 'eming here in an early contender for FotN.
Round 3: White gets in a nice power shot. He's punching forward, trying to tag Clay repeatedly, but he eats another lead left. Jab from White. 2-3 from Collard. Collard ducks down with a double leg and vaguely sort of gets the takedown, but Alex is bridging up against the cage and he's back up with no harm done. They trade lefts. Collard ducks under a spinning backfist attempt and nails a takedown. He's on top in full guard, but not doing much. White going for a triangle, but Clay bucks the legs off. Collard fails on a single leg. White gets a double, but with 12 seconds left, there's nothing to do about it.
Final result: Clay Collard defeats Alex White via decision (unanimous) 29-28 x3