Johny Hendricks wins UFC welterweight championship, outpointing Robbie Lawler at UFC 171

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Johny Hendricks wins UFC welterweight championship, outpointing Robbie Lawler at UFC 171

DALLAS - Johny Hendricks won the vacant UFC welterweight championship Saturday night, unanimously outpointing Robbie Lawler in five rounds at UFC 171.

Tyron Woodley won the co-feature, stopping Carlos Condit to set up a likely title bout against Hendricks in the 170-pound division.

Fighting in Hendricks' adopted hometown, Lawler opened a cut beside Hendricks' right eye in the fourth round. All three judges scored the fight 28-27 for Hendricks.

The title was vacated by Georges St. Pierre, who had held it since 2007. In his final defence, St. Pierre took a disputed split decision over Hendricks in November.

Geographic location: DALLAS

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