Hendricks vs. Lawler II Has Dana White Considering Trilogy

December 8, 2014
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UFC president Dana White may not have wanted to take sides when asked who he thought won the UFC 181 main event between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler on Saturday night, and that’s exactly why he immediately warmed to the idea of a trilogy.

Hendricks went into the fight after a long layoff looking to defend the UFC welterweight championship against the man he defeated to initially win the belt. But after a second five-round war, Hendricks exited the Octagon minus his belt.

Hendricks vs Lawler 1 CharcoalA lot of people thought he had done enough to win, while others felt that Lawler justifiably won the split-decision nod from the judges.

White, however, wasn’t leaning either direction after a second fight that lived up to recollections of the first epic battle earlier this year.

SEE ALSO: Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler I Full Fight Video

“I’m done scoring fights. I started talking to a lot of the fighters here on who won and they were all split,” said White on the UFC 181 Post-Show. “(Matchmaker) Joe Silva said you can’t win a fight with your head between someone’s legs for three rounds.”

Despite his success on the feet, that was the heaviest criticism leveled at the now-former champ. Hendricks was more than holding his own in the striking game, but kept trying to take Lawler down. Lawler, however, did a good job defending most of his attempts.

“I tell these guys all the time – don’t leave it in the hands of the judges,” White responded when asked what Hendricks could have done differently. “I thought Johny looked good standing up, but he kept trying to take him down and waste time.”

Hendricks and Lawler now each have a victory over the other, and each fight went the 25-minute duration.

SEE ALSO: UFC 181 Fight Highlights Video: Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler

There were hardly any complaints either time. Most everyone came away from each fight feeling they’d gotten their money’s worth. And that’s leaving White reconsidering the welterweight title picture.

Although an immediate rematch would mean Hendricks fighting Lawler in three consecutive fights and leave Rory MacDonald twisting in the wind, the allure of another rematch is in the air.

“Rory MacDonald actually thought Lawler won the fight,” relayed White. “We said he’d get the next shot at the title, but the trilogy wouldn’t be a bad idea.”

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    Dana wouldn’t give his thoughts on who won? Weird, he didn’t seem to have any problem doing it for the GSP vs. Hendricks fight? I guess GSP saying he wanted to take a break was the MAIN reason Dana acted like such a douche bag at the press conference. But I forgot, GSP owed the UFC….. BAHAHAHAH!!!

    I’m really starting to like Joe Silva more and more, first he says GSP didn’t owe the UFC anything (DUH) and then he says “you can’t win a fight with your head between someone’s legs for three rounds.” – Really glad the judges rewarded Lawler for his defense and not for Hendricks pinning Lawler against the fence, basically doing nothing (after the 2nd round).
    Hendricks just proved yet again, that he cuts way too much weight to fight 5 rounds @ WW. He either wins in the 1st by KO or wins or loses very close decisions. Funny how Hendricks last 4 or 5 fights have all been by decision, yet he criticized GSP b/c he went to decisions so much. Welcome to fighting the best of the best Hendricks, they’re #1 contenders for a reason!

  • Hendryx

    A trilogy fight?!?! No way!! And Water is wet!!

  • dan

    No damn trilogy. Make hendricks work his way back up like robbie had to. I think its too soon,these guys will fight again one day and it will be more epic if we wait a while.

    • asd

      Exactly WTF! Robbie had 2 impressive wins to get another title shot. Hendricks should have to do the same. Let not clutter the division, let it roll!

      • cheflacsto


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  • Seth

    While we are at the subject of senseless fights that make no sense and shouldn’t (and I hope those won’t) happen – how about JDS/Cain IV? It would be as legit fight as this trilogy now…

    • cheflacsto

      No it would not. Cain destroyed JDS two consecutive times and you think he should get another crack at Cain. JDS has not even fought since the last time he got drubbed by Cain. He will need to reel off 4-5 Victories in a row before that happens.

      • dgs

        I completely agree with this, and JDS is one of my favorites; I was crushed when Cain whipped his butt a second time in a row. Really though, a trilogy with Cain and JDS makes zero sense as opposed to a trilogy with Lawler and Hendricks, where both fights were very close.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Rory deserves a shot first. Where’s all the Diaz fans yelling “he beat Lawler 10 years ago?”

    • DamianCross

      All over the message boards?

    • Collideoverme

      Lawler fought a few more times risking his shot at the title. Give the fight to Rory and let Hendricks work his way back like Lawler did.

    • Cerialdad

      Haters like you are so boring!

  • Haymaker

    The trilogy fight is not the way to go. The UFC and MMA in general is losing the “casual fan” already. We have 50 minutes of these 2 in the cage. It’s time for Rory to get the shot and not do the same the over again.

    Every person I know who used to go to the bar to watch fights, or order the PPV’s, has lost interest and does little besides following online results. This is the result of a lack of good cards or too many rematches or fights that go to decision or are boring.

    I don’t know what MMA needs to get that spark back, but I think that the bubble burst and it will never be the same as far as popularity goes. I personally think it’s because we have just seen too much and it’s lost its shock value. I was as big of a fan as anyone but even Silva/Diaz seems ho-hum.

  • TKDGuy

    Rory next, and if he wins, then Hendricks.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Don’t you think it’s time to bring Askren in? He’s actually fighting as of late instead of the ole wet blanket act.

      • TKDGuy

        fair enough point – I was mainly saying, or trying to, that instead of a trilogy someone else should get the next title shot. Some time and a couple fights should go by before yet another Hendricks vs Lawler match.

        • TheCerealKiller

          Totally agree! I’m sick of these quick rematches. Cain fought 2 guys for three years. I want to see Askren vs Lombard. That has a great story to sell the fight, Bellator champ vs champ.

    • deepgrim

      dont think they will make a decision for sure until nick diaz fights anderson. if diaz somehow causes the upset he will be the wildcard in the title picture- having already beat lawler years back.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Diaz already had two cracks at it without beating a top ten fighter. Tell him to go beat someone first. Silva is going to have a blast with him.