You could argue the judges got it wrong when they awarded Robbie Lawler a split decision victory over Johny Hendricks (watch the highlights here) in the main event of UFC 181 last night (Sat., Dec. 6, 2014) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It was close enough that calling it "controversial" wouldn't necessarily be inaccurate.
That said, Hendricks, the man who lost his welterweight championship, made no excuses during the post-fight press conference:
"I thought I did pretty good for the first three. Fourth round, I started slowing down a little bit. But you can't take nothing away from Robbie. What did I say the whole time? He's a tough fighter. He's a guy that you've got to put away. I wasn't able to do that. The judges give it to him. What can I do except for come back like he did, pick myself up, and get that belt back.
"I just felt (the takedowns). Whenever I would feel it, I would engage. But then again I wasn't trying to get the takedown. That's sort of not my game. My game is the kickboxing, it seems like these days. I was doing really good on the feet but like I said, he's a tough guy. I threw a lot of kicks, a lot of knees, a lot of a little bit of everything. I just did't get the win."
Considering the fact that Hendricks won the first fight and it was close, and Lawler won the second fight and it was close, why not do the rubber match next and let them decide it once and for all?
"Big Rigg" comments:
"That's not my call. Whatever the UFC wants, that's what I'm going to do. That's my management's job. My coaches, if they want the rematch right now then we'll do the rematch. I'm perfectly fine with that."
In his interview with FS1, UFC President Dana White did not deny the possibility that that's the route they could take.