Johny Hendricks, left, and Robbie Lawler exchange punches during a UFC 171 mixed martial arts welterweight title bout, Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)
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Johny Hendricks won the vacant welterweight championship Saturday night, unanimously outpointing Robbie Lawler in five rounds at UFC 171 .Fighting in Hendricks' adopted hometown, Lawler opened a cut beside Hendricks' right eye in the fourth round. All three judges scored the fight 28-27 for Hendricks.Would Hendricks feel vindicated if he could fight and defeat St. Pierre?Lawler, 31, lost the first two rounds, but won the third and fourth before falling short in the final round.Hendricks, 30, went on to improve to 16-2, and Lawler fell to 22-10 with one no contest.Hendricks and Lawler fought cautiously in the first round.
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