Johny Hendricks won the vacant UFC welterweight championship Saturday night, unanimously outpointing Robbie Lawler in five rounds at UFC 171.
Tyron Woodley won the co-feature, stopping Carlos Condit to set up a likely title bout against Hendricks in the 170-pound division.
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.
The title was vacated by Georges St-Pierre, who had held it since 2007. In his final defence, St-Pierre took a disputed split decision over Hendricks in November.