UFC president Dana White dropped some interesting sound bites on FOX Sports 2′s UFC 171 post-fight show, including making comments on Nick Diaz.
Diaz was in attendance Saturday night – and Friday during the weigh-ins where he heckled Johny Hendricks.
Hendricks became the new UFC welterweight champion, scoring a decision victory over Robbie Lawler in the main event.
“That was one of the greatest fights,” White said. “Those guys stood in the pocket all night. They stood and traded. How Johny Hendricks got out of that third round we will never know.”
White admitted he had it tied up two rounds each heading into the fifth, saying, “(Lawler) got caught halfway through the round.”
As for what is next for both fighters, White didn’t want to announce, but their bout was one where there were “no losers.”
Diaz, who retired following his championship loss to Georges St-Pierre, sat next to Ronda Rousey for the card in Dallas.
“He hasn’t talked to me about fighting,” White said. “Nick was heckling Hendricks the entire fight trying to get a title shot.”
The card also featured wins by welterweights Tyron Woodley and Hector Lombard. Woodley earned a TKO over Carlos Condit when the former interim champion suffered an apparent knee injury, while Lombard downed Jake Shields.
“Nobody wants to win that way, but that is a big win for (Woodley),” White said. “(Lombard) looked good. Jake Shields is one of those guys that makes you look bad.”
As for the previously mentioned Rousey, White confirmed Holly Holm’s manager was in the back meeting with Lorenzo Fertitta, but added “it is easy winning fights outside of the UFC.”
There have been some reports that Holm could be signed and moved into a championship match with the UFC female bantamweight titleholder.
One final piece of info from White was on the Chael Sonnen-Wanderlei Silva bout set for later this year. It is still not a done deal, but “there is no issue with contracts or money.
“It is something else,” White stated. “We’ll have it resolved soon.”
Tyron Woodley landed a thunderous takedown in the second round Saturday night at UFC 171 against Carlos Condit.
While that was important in terms of his plan of action, it turned out to be even more important, as Condit suffered a knee injury upon hitting the canvas.
One swift kick to the other leg by Woodley in the round and this one was over – and the former NCAA wrestling standout made sure everyone knows what is next.
“We know what’s next: the title,” Woodley said. “I am going to use my performance money from the TKO to buy Dana White a Metro PCS phone.”
Woodley (13-2) has won two straight since a loss to Jake Shields via split decision. That includes a stoppage win over Josh Koscheck.
“I stepped up when nobody would,” Woodley said. “It’s time for my season.”
The finish was similar to that of Chris Weidman-Anderson Silva in December, as Condit was unable to continue after the injury. The way it went down wasn’t an issue to Woodley, who said “he knee gave out because I took him down.”
For Condit, the stoppage defeat was the first since a 2006 submission defeat vs. Pat Healy.
UFC 171 went down Saturday night from Dallas and saw the crowning of a new UFC welterweight champion.
In the main event, Johny Hendricks scored a decision victory over Robbie Lawler. Also, Tyron Woodley scored a co-main win over Carlos Condit, positioning himself as the possible No. 1 contender.
Check out highlights of both fights in the videos below.
Robbie Lawler came on like the fighter down on the scorecards Saturday night after the second round of his UFC 171 main event bout with Johny Hendricks.
With the UFC welterweight title on the line, Lawler won the third and fourth rounds, but Hendricks took the fifth to become the new champion.
“I needed to do a little bit more,” Lawler said. “He did enough to win. Plain and simple.”
Lawler (22-10) had his three-fight win streak snapped. This was his first loss inside the Octagon since a 2004 submission defeat at the hands of Evan Tanner.
“Ruthless” left the UFC after that loss, competing for EliteXC, Strikeforce and a few other promotions before returning to the UFC in 2013.
Lawler stopped Josh Koscheck and Bobby Voelker before scoring a decision over Rory MacDonald to earn his shot at the belt.
“(Hendricks) is one hell of a fighter,” he said. “He was taking it to me. He got a couple takedowns and fought one hell of a fight.”
I just can’t get behind Hector Lombard as a contender in the UFC’s welterweight division.
While he’s too small for middleweight, the former Bellator champion is just lacking the gas tank to get it done in one of the deepest divisions the UFC has to offer.
Yes, Lombard won his second straight with a decision over Jake Shields Saturday night at UFC 171, but after a strong first round, he coasted for the final 10 minutes.
Lombard (34-4-1) has excellent hands, power and judo that rivals UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
He just lacks a killer instinct.
Shields is no joke, having held the Strikeforce title and competing against Georges St-Pierre for the UFC belt. But “Lightning” talked a lot about finishing Shields and how boring he was in the build, but he played right into that.
Give Lombard a young fighter that can really make him work, and we might see what he can bring – or what he can’t.