Johny Hendricks took three rounds from Robbie Lawler at UFC 171. | Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
Johny Hendricks finally has what he initially believed to be his just four months ago. After losing a controversial split decision to then welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 167, “Bigg Rigg” captured the vacant 170-pound strap with a rousing split verdict over Robbie Lawler in the UFC 171 headliner at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas on Saturday night.
As memorable as Hendricks’ triumph was, he will not have long to bask in the glory of his newly-earned title. Welterweight contenders Tyron Woodley and Hector Lombard each earned pivotal victories to make their case to receive the next crack at Hendricks. No matter how it all plays out, the 170-pound championship picture features plenty of interesting scenarios. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC 171, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
158: Significant strikes landed by Hendricks, the most ever in a UFC title fight. Lawler landed 150 significant strikes, the third most in a championship bout. Hendricks’ and Lawler’s totals are also the fourth- and seventh-largest significant strike totals in UFC welterweight history.
308: Combined significant strikes landed by Hendricks and Lawler, a UFC title fight record. The previous record occurred at UFC 165, when Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson combined to land 244 significant strikes.
728: Significant strikes attempted by Hendricks and Lawler combined, the second most ever in a single UFC bout.
32: Significant strikes by which Lawler outlanded Hendricks in rounds three and four combined. The American Top Team representative outlanded his foe 43 to 33 in round three and 56 to 34 in round four.
40: Significant strikes by which Hendricks outlanded Lawler in rounds one (15 to 13), two (42 to 21) and five (34 to 17) combined.
.200: Takedown percentage for Johny Hendricks, who was successful on just two of 10 attempts against Lawler. “Bigg Rigg” landed one takedown each in rounds four and five.
2: Judges (Mike Gonzalez and Aladin Martinez) who made their UFC judging debuts on Saturday, according to MMADecisions.com. The third, Douglas Crosby had rendered decisions in 20 UFC title fights prior to UFC 171. While all three judges scored the bout 48-47 in favor of Hendricks, Crosby submitted the most bizarre scorecard, giving “Bigg Rigg” a 10-8 second round and scoring the fifth frame 10-10.
2,157: Days since the UFC last crowned a new welterweight champion. On April 19, 2008, Georges St. Pierre defeated Matt Serra at UFC 83 to regain the title he had lost to Serra at UFC 69. St. Pierre held the title until vacating it shortly after defeating Hendricks at UFC 167.
3: Takedowns landed, in three attempts by Woodley before his bout against Condit ended due to Condit suffering a knee injury in the second round.
18: Total strikes by which Condit outlanded Woodley (52 to 34). Woodley had a 14-to-13 edge in significant strikes.
11: Southpaw fighters who competed at UFC 171, the most on any card in promotion history. They were: Hendricks, Lawler, Diego Sanchez, Hector Lombard, Ovince St. Preux, Rick Story, Kelvin Gastelum, Jimy Hettes, Justin Scoggins, Bubba McDaniel, Robert Whiteford.
1,638: Days since the UFC last journeyed to Dallas. On Sept. 19, 2009, Vitor Belfort scored a technical knockout over Rich Franklin in the UFC 103 headliner at the American Airlines Center.
4:22:57: Total Octagon time for Sanchez following his unanimous decision loss to Myles Jury, No. 6 in promotion history behind Frankie Edgar, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, B.J. Penn and Georges St. Pierre.
14: Bouts involving Sanchez that have gone the distance, tying him with Sam Stout for most decision in promotion history. “The Dream” is 8-6 in those contests.
.860: Takedown defense in the Octagon for Hector Lombard following his decision win over Jake Shields at UFC 171. The American Top Team representative defended all seven of Shields’ takedown attempts. In his previous four UFC bouts, only Tim Boetsch (0-for-9) and Yushin Okami (3-for-5) attempted takedowns against the American Top Team representative.
17: Significant strikes by which Lombard outlanded Shields in the opening stanza. In rounds two and three, “Lightning” held a 9-to-3 combined edge in significant strikes landed. The total striking stats were closer, however, with Lombard outlanding Shields 67-58 overall.
3: Split-decision defeats in the career of Rick Story, who dropped a split verdict to Kelvin Gastelum in their welterweight clash. Only Story and Clay Guida have lost three bouts via split decision in UFC competition. Story’s other two split-decision defeats came at the hands of Martin Kampmann (UFC 139) and Mike Pyle (UFC 160).
2: Victories via Von Flue choke in UFC history after Ovince St. Preux used the maneuver to submit Nikita Krylov in light heavyweight clash. The first: Jason Von Flue himself against Alex Karalexis at UFC Fight Night 3.
1:29: Time of St. Preux’s submission victory, the fourth quickest submission in UFC light heavyweight history.
177: Total strikes combined landed by Jessica Andrade and Raquel Pennington in their bantamweight bout. The two women combined to throw 357 total strikes in the fight, which Andrade won via split decision. Andrade outlanded her opponent 16 to 9 in round one and 35 to 33 in round two, while Pennington held a 45-to-39 edge in the third. Pennington held an 82-66 edge in significant strikes.
6: Consecutive victories at featherweight for Dennis Bermudez, who scored a third-round technical knockout victory over Jim Hettes on Saturday. That ties him with reigning champion Jose Aldo for the longest winning streak in UFC 145-pound competition.
3: Knockdowns landed by Bermudez. “The Menace” floored Hettes once in the second round and twice in round three on his way to a stoppage at the 2:57 mark of the final stanza. Bermudez is the first featherweight in UFC and WEC competition to record three knockdowns.
8: Takedowns landed, in 11 attempts, by Tristar gym prospect Alex Garcia in his split-decision triumph over Sean Spencer. “The Dominican Nightmare” landed three takedowns apiece in rounds one and two and two in round three.
1-6: Record in Zuffa bouts for Will Campuzano, who lost a decision to Justin Scoggins at flyweight. The Texan’s lone win in UFC/WEC competition came against Coty Wheeler at WEC 46.