UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II took place on Saturday night in Las Vegas with another amazing battle between main eventers Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. Lawler earned a split-decision nod from the judges in a back-and-forth battle, but neither fighter earned a post-fight bonus this time.
UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis did. He survived a difficult first round against Gilbert Melendez, and then battled through the first minute or so of the second round until he found his moment. In that moment, Pettis secured a guillotine choke to become the first fighter ever to finish Melendez, a veteran of 26 bouts.
In submitting the former Strikeforce champion, Pettis not only retained his UFC belt, he also netted a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
Joining Pettis for the other Performance bonus was Josh Samman. Fighting on the FOX Sports 1 prelims, The Ultimate Fighter 17 alum battled through some tough striking exchanges to blast Eddie Gordon with a kick to the face that sent him free-falling to his back.
Fight of the Night honors went to the second fight on the card. Anthony Pettis’ younger brother Sergio secured a unanimous decision victory over Matt Hobar on UFC Fight Pass, but they both went home $50,000 on the upside after fighting a tremendous battle.