The first two rounds of UFC 171's main event between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler were razor-close (Judge Douglas Crosby's incomprehensible scoring of round two as 10-8 one for Hendricks, notwithstanding) and rounds three and four were clear rounds for Lawler based on power striking. Round five looked to be a continuation of the prior two until Hendricks rocked Lawler and took him down late in the fight, stealing the final period.
During the post-event press conference, Lawler was clearly saddened by the loss but didn't place the blame on anyone but himself. "The thing is, when you leave it up to the judges, those things happen," he said.
"I just didn't do enough tonight, they thought. I need to go back to work, obviously. Work on some things. Work on throwing a little bit, maybe, some more punches. I thought I fought a good fight, defended some take downs. It was a hell of a fight. He brought it, he was in shape, and he got the victory."
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