By Keith Shillan
Two very young future stars in a classic battle
#25. Jim Miller vs Joe Lauzon 1
#24. Roger Huerta vs Clay Guida
#23. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Randy Couture
#22 Cheick Kongo vs Pat Berry
#21 Chris Leben vs Yoshihiro Akiyama
#20. Frank Shamrock vs Tito Ortiz
#19 Andrei Arlovski vs Travis Browne
#18. Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard 2 and 3
#17. Georges St. Pierre vs Johny Hendricks
#16 Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva
#15. Diego Sanchez vs Karo Parisyan
#14. Karo Parisyan vs Nick Diaz
#13. Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler 1 and 2
March 15, 2014
Main Event of UFC 171
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
December 6th, 2015
Main Event of UFC 181
Mandalay Bay Event Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Johny Hendricks was coming off a classic fight against Georges St. Pierre in which many thought he won the fight, but lost a split decision. St. Pierre vacated the belt for a leave of absence, so Hendricks got a 2nd shot at the welterweight title, this time fighting against Robbie Lawler. Lawler a long time fighter in the UFC, was in the middle of a resurrection of his career. He finally lives up to his potential and fights for the belt.
After an extremely close slugfest, the two fighters rematch and fight again in another classic fight.
I am not going to recap two fights, so all I can say is that I think this might be the best series of fight between two fighters ever in the UFC (Eddie Alvarez vs Michael Chandler in Bellator might be even better). These two fighters were action packed. Both guys landing bombs. These two warriors battled for 50 minutes, I could watch them for 500. It was that good.
Results and Notes:
Hendricks wins a split decision in the first fight, while Lawler wins a split decision in the second one. I scored both fights for Hendricks, but both were extremely close that could go either way.
Sadly, we have yet to complete a trilogy. Hendricks struggled with injures, weight issue, and consistency after the second fight. Lawler, on the other hand, held on to the belt for a while. He would defend the belt twice before losing the belt to Tyron Woodley in his last fight.
Let’s hope both fighters can get on a winning streak, and we can see a third fight.