Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II.

Set from Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay Events Center, the main card boasts a pair of world title fights. In the headliner, Johny Hendricks defends his welterweight title against Robbie Lawler, while lightweight champion Anthony Pettis meets Gilbert Melendez in the co-main event.


Alex White vs. Clay Collard

We begin the night in the featherweight division, as Alex White (10-1) takes on Clay Collard (13-5). White earned a win in his UFC debut, while Collard dropped his initial fight inside the Octagon.

Round 1: Collard with some wild kicks, as he tries a jumping double-kick. White wasn’t concerned, as he just brushed it off and fires back with his own kicks. White working the body and lands a straight shot, followed by another body shot. Collard gains the clinch, but White powers through and lands several blows. Big right from Collard connects and he’s hurt him. Low blow lands by White, Collard ignores it and comes forward, only to get caught. They both throw spinning back fists, White grabs the clinch and Collard responds with a takedown. Collard’s nose is bleeding after several shots land.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for White

Round 2: Collard with a left that has White hurt. White stays standing, but he gets dropped. Collard tries to take his back and secure a rear-naked choke, but White survives. He’s working for a leg-lock now from the back. White has him against the fence and lands a heavy knee, as he appears to have survived the initial shot. Another left hook by Collard is followed up by a handful of quick kicks and jabs. White tries for a takedown, is denied, but Collard drops down and goes for a triangle. He’s got it tight, rolls, but White survives and gets free. Excellent job of remaining patient and waiting to get free from that, as it was in there tight. Collard’s legs appear to be giving out and White goes on the attack to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Collard

Round 3: Collard showing some signs of fatigue after trying so hard to lock up the triangle in the last round. White pushing the pressure, coming forward constantly and trying to land a knockout shot. Collard lands and goes for a takedown, scoring with it. White able to get right back to his feet and avoid any damage. After trying for a spinning back fist, White gets taken down with 90 seconds left. White does more work from the ground, blooding up the face of Collard with less than a minute left. White ends the round with a takedown and we head to the scorecards.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for White

Clay Collard def. Alex White via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Sergio Pettis vs. Matt Hobar

We wrap up the early prelims with bantamweights Sergio Pettis (11-1) and Matt Hobar (9-2). Pettis is the younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Both fighters are coming off victories inside the Octagon.

Round 1: Hobar with a huge left that rocks Pettis, sending him flying backwards across the canvas. Pettis sweeps and is to his feet, and appears recovered. Hobar looks to be a division bigger than “The Phenom.” Hobar gets tagged for a second time and Pettis pulls guard as we approach the three-minute mark. Upkick lands by Pettis, Hobar drops down and Pettis locks up a submission for a brief moment. Another upkick connects and Hobar’s now inside the guard. He postures up, lands several shots and eats another upkick. That’s been a very effective move for Pettis here in the opening round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pettis

Round 2: Pettis catches a shot, fires off several jabs and lands a kick to the chin of Hobar. Another head kick lands and Pettis pushes forward, looking to finish. Combination sends Hobar sprawling for a takedown, which he’s denied of. Pettis going all out, lands a shot to the body and now has him dropped. He’s going for it, folding Hobar up and moving into his guard. Hobar’s been given a chance to recover while holding this position, and the ref now stands them up. Pettis is anxious to go on the attack again, landing a big right and following it up with several kicks. His striking has been on-point in this one, especially this round. Hobar gains a takedown off a blocked kick with a minute to go.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pettis

Round 3: Tons of swelling under the left eye of Hobar, but he’s amped up to get his round underway. Pettis doesn’t appear to have a scratch on him and meets Hobar in the center of the Octagon. Single-leg attempt from Hobar is blocked, and he eats a stiff jab. Hobar doing his best to bring this to the canvas, but Pettis will have none of it. Five of seven takedown attempts have been denied by Pettis. Takedown scores for Hobar, but he’s unable to keep him down and do any kind of damage with seconds left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pettis

Sergio Pettis def. Matt Hobar via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)