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.
Johny Hendricks thought he was the UFC welterweight champion last year after going the distance with Georges St-Pierre.
Saturday night, when the scorecards were announced, Hendricks was on top of the division, earning a decision over Robbie Lawler at UFC 171.
“Gosh dang it,” said an exuberant Hendricks. “This means everything to me. Thank you to you guys. Thank you (to the UFC). Thank you to my wife.”
Hendricks broke down after receiving the title from UFC president Dana White. Last year, “Bigg Rigg” dropped a split decision to GSP.
After taking the first two rounds with his effective striking, Hendricks was nearly finished by Lawler in the third and fourths.
Hendricks scored a late takedown in the final round, securing himself the win and the title.
“In the fifth round, I knew I had to win it,” he said, “and I did.
“Robbie is a tough dude, a stud. I promise I will be facing him again.”