UFC 181, one of the most anticipated MMA cards of the year, will go down with two title fights, while contender Urijah Faber fights on the preliminary card.
The main event will feature an eagerly awaited rematch as champion Johny Hendricks looks to defend his title for the first time against Robbie Lawler. After Hendricks was awarded a unanimous decision in their first contest, a Fight of the Year candidate in March, he has been out of action due to surgery on a torn bicep.
‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler, meanwhile, has won back-to-back fights against Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown since his first fight with Hendricks, and established himself as the #1 contender in the welterweight division. With wins over Rory MacDonald and Josh Koscheck since returning to the UFC, Lawler caused a number of problems to Hendricks in their first fight, winning two of the five rounds and almost finishing the now-champion.
Also on the card is a lightweight title fight, with champion Anthony Pettis defending his belt for the first time against Gilbert Melendez. With Pettis a former WEC champion and Melendez being a former Strikeforce champion, this fight has been on the radar of hardcore MMA fans for years. Melendez is fresh off an entertaining fight against Diego Sanchez, while Anthony Pettis has been out for over a year following his title win over Benson Henderson.
Travis Browne will look to solidify his spot in the top 10 with a win over Brendan Schaub, Holly Holm makes her much-anticipated UFC debut against Raquel Pennington and lightweights Tony Ferguson and Abel Trujillo square off on the main card. The preliminary card is headlined by former title challenger Urijah Faber, ranked #3 at bantamweight, against heavy hitter Francisco Rivera.
You can check out the full lineup for the UFC 181 card below, which is held at Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas, NV on December 6.
MAIN CARD (PAY-PER-VIEW)
Welterweight title fight: Johny Hendricks (c) vs. Robbie Lawler
Lightweight title fight: Anthony Pettis (c) vs. Gilbert Melendez
Travis Browne vs. Brendan Schaub
Raquel Pennington vs. Holly Holm
Tony Ferguson vs. Abel Trujillo
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX SPORTS 1)
Urijah Faber vs. Francisco Rivera
Eddie Gordon vs. Josh Samman
Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante
Todd Duffee vs. Anthony Hamilton
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS)
Sergio Pettis vs. Matt Hobar
Alex White vs. Clay Collard