Johny Hendricks becomes new UFC welterweight champion
Canadian Georges St-Pierre vacated the title in Dec. 2013
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.