UFC 181

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UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler 2
UFC 181 event poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler 2.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateDecember 6, 2014 (2014-12-06)
VenueMandalay Bay Events Center
CityLas Vegas, Nevada
Total gate$2.488 million[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler 2 The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale

UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler 2 was a mixed martial arts event held on December 6, 2014, at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.[3]


UFC 181 was the organization's 300th event and was expected to be headlined by a Middleweight Championship bout between the current champion Chris Weidman and top contender Vitor Belfort.[3] However, on September 22, it was announced that Weidman had suffered a broken hand and the bout was again rescheduled to take place at UFC 184. The new main event was a Welterweight championship rematch between champion Johny Hendricks and number one contender Robbie Lawler.[4] Their first fight at UFC 171 ended in a unanimous decision victory in favor of the reigning champion.

Co-featured on the card was a Lightweight Championship bout, which also served as the coaches bout for The Ultimate Fighter Season 20, as current champion Anthony Pettis made his first title defense against Gilbert Melendez.[5]

Gian Villante was expected to face Corey Anderson at the event. However, Villante pulled out of the fight citing an injury[6] and was replaced by Jonathan Wilson.[7] A few days later, it was announced that Wilson was forced out of the fight and undefeated newcomer Justin Jones took his place.[8]

Touted newcomer, Holly Holm was expected to face Raquel Pennington at this event. However, Holm pulled out of the fight in mid-November, citing a neck injury.[9] Holm was replaced by UFC newcomer Ashlee Evans-Smith.[10]

During the PPV broadcast, it was announced that former professional wrestler and WWE champion CM Punk had signed a multi-fight deal and was expected to debut in 2015, but after an injury ultimately debuted in September 2016.[11]

A month subsequent to the event, on January 7, 2015, it was revealed that Ashlee Evans-Smith had failed her post-fight drug test, testing positive for a diuretic.[12] On February 17, the Nevada State Athletic Commission ultimately decided to issue a nine-month suspension and fined her 30 percent of her purse ($2,400). She also needs to submit a clean drug test before her next fight.[13]


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Welterweight Robbie Lawler def. Johny Hendricks (c) Decision (split) (48–47, 47–48, 49–46) 5 5:00 [a]
Lightweight Anthony Pettis (c) def. Gilbert Melendez Submission (guillotine choke) 2 1:53 [b]
Heavyweight Travis Browne def. Brendan Schaub TKO (punches) 1 4:50
Heavyweight Todd Duffee def. Anthony Hamilton KO (punch) 1 0:33
Lightweight Tony Ferguson def. Abel Trujillo Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 4:19
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Bantamweight Urijah Faber def. Francisco Rivera Submission (bulldog choke) 2 1:34
Middleweight Josh Samman def. Eddie Gordon KO (head kick) 2 3:08
Light Heavyweight Corey Anderson def. Justin Jones Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–26) 3 5:00
Women's Bantamweight Raquel Pennington def. Ashlee Evans-Smith Technical Submission (bulldog choke) 1 4:59 [c]
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Bantamweight Sergio Pettis def. Matt Hobar Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Featherweight Clay Collard def. Alex White Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
  1. ^ For the UFC Welterweight Championship.
  2. ^ For the UFC Lightweight Championship.
  3. ^ Evans-Smith tested positive for a diuretic in her post-fight drug test.


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[15]

  • Fight of the Night: Sergio Pettis vs. Matt Hobar
  • Performance of the Night: Anthony Pettis and Josh Samman

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money and also does not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.[16]

  • Robbie Lawler: $220,000 (includes $110,000 win bonus) def. Johny Hendricks: $150,000
  • Anthony Pettis: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus) def. Gilbert Melendez: $200,000
  • Travis Browne: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Brendan Schaub: $32,000
  • Todd Duffee: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Hamilton: $10,000
  • Tony Ferguson: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Abel Trujillo: $14,000
  • Urijah Faber: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus) def. Francisco Rivera: $20,000
  • Josh Samman: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Eddie Gordon: $15,000
  • Corey Anderson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Justin Jones: $8,000
  • Raquel Pennington: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Ashlee Evans-Smith: $8,000
  • Sergio Pettis: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Matt Hobar: $10,000
  • Clay Collard: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Alex White: $8,000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (December 7, 2014). "UFC 181 draws reported 9,617 attendance for $2.488 million gate". MMAjunkie.com.
  2. ^ "Pay-per-view". mmapayout.com. December 6, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Staff (2014-07-23). "Weidman to defend title against Belfort". UFC.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  4. ^ Staff (2014-09-22). "Weidman Hurt; Hendricks-Lawler II Now Headlines UFC 181". ufc.com. Retrieved 2014-09-22.
  5. ^ Sam Genovase (2014-07-22). "Anthony Pettis to return, will defend title". oneworldsports.com. Archived from the original on 2014-12-09. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  6. ^ Staff (2014-11-13). "Gian Villante out at UFC 181, promotion seeks replacement for Corey Anderson". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-11-13.
  7. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2014-11-18). "Wilson replaces injured Villante at UFC 181". ufc.com. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  8. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2014-11-24). "Newcomer Jones to face Anderson at UFC 181". ufc.com. Retrieved 2014-11-24.
  9. ^ AP Newswire (2014-11-13). "Holly Holm pulls out of UFC debut". espn.go.com. Retrieved 2014-11-13.
  10. ^ Mike Jackson (2014-11-18). "Ashlee Evans-Smith signs with UFC, replaces Holly Holm". mikethetruth.com. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
  11. ^ Mike Bohn (2014-12-07). "Former WWE wrestler Phil 'CM Punk' Brooks signs with UFC for expected 2015 debut". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-12-07.
  12. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-01-07). "Ashlee Evans-Smith on NSAC agenda; UFC notifies camp of failed drug test". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
  13. ^ Staff (2015-02-17). "NSAC issues temporary suspensions to Silva, Diaz and Lombard; Evans-Smith suspended". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-02-17.
  14. ^ "UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  15. ^ Staff (2014-12-06). "UFC 181 Bonuses: Anthony Pettis, Sergio Pettis, Josh Samman, Matt Hobar Get $50K". sherdog.com.
  16. ^ Staff (December 8, 2014). "UFC 181 salaries: New champ Robbie Lawler ($220,000) earns top payout". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved December 8, 2014.