Chris Weidman Sidelined, Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler Rematch Now Headlines UFC 181

September 22, 2014
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Hendricks vs LawlerThe Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday announced that middleweight champion Chris Weidman has been injured and forced out of his fight with Vitor Belfort on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas.

Weidman, according to UFC officials, suffered a hand injury in training, leaving him unable to compete at UFC 181.

Making lemonade out of lemons, the UFC acted swiftly, replacing the Weidman vs. Belfort main event with the return of welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, who will rematch Robbie Lawler in the new UFC 181 headliner.

Hendricks won the then-vacant welterweight championship by defeating Lawler at UFC 171 earlier this year in March.

Lawler earned a second shot at Hendricks and the belt by winning back-to-back bouts over Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown, while Hendricks was on the mend from a torn biceps muscle.

Hendricks recently gained clearance to return to fighting, but the question then became when the UFC could slot the fight with Lawler into its already loaded schedule, as the Hendricks vs. Lawler bout is one that the company wanted to headline a pay-per-view event.

UFC 181 will be co-headlined by the lightweight title bout between champion Anthony Pettis and top contender Gilbert Melendez, following their run as head coaches on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Tickets for the newly revised UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II go on sale to the general public this Friday with UFC Fight Club members getting an early shot at tickets on Wednesday. The tickets range in price from  $125 up to $1,000.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    Vitor will get popped on a random test before the fight anyways. I’ll take Robbie in this rematch, then the Diaz huggers can say he deserves a title shot because he beat him ten years ago.

    • uncle

      What will they say when Anderson dances
      around Diaz like sacrificial lamb and get a KO ?

      • TheCerealKiller

        That’s what I’m expecting.

    • Hugh Shakeshaft

      You know it! Vitor’s cardio will be killer since he’ll be running from the drug test crews everyday.

    • Kris-tyahn

      LOL – true dat!

  • Dragon Kid

    ufc cant seem to catch a break this year.

  • Darin

    Still a great card.

  • Braindead

    Let’s go Robbie I believe in you!

    • MikeMcK

      Wait, you believe in Robbie? Shit, vegas better shift those odds now. 😉

  • Rather see this fight

    Sucks for weidman but this fight is every bit as good n exciting if not more than Chris vs vitor way to go ufc really made best outta bad situation

  • TKDGuy

    Still a good card.
    On another note, I know its a combat sport and injuries are bound to happen. But given how many injuries are happening in training that pull the fighter out of the fight, it seems like the coaches and trainers should be examining their methods.