UFC 171 Scoring Autopsy: Re-analyzing the Hendricks vs. Lawler decision

Our own Dallas Winston and Connor Ruebusch are joined by the UFC's Josh Samman to re-watch the UFC 171 title fight between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler with "scoring goggles" on. Beware -- things get heated at the end.

Special treat for you guys. Kid Nate couldn't make it so Dallas Winston and Connor Reubusch brought in a ringer -- UFC fighter Josh Samman -- to join them for a re-viewing and re-scoring of the UFC 171 main event.

The key round seems to be the first. All three went into the second viewing of the fight calling it for Hendricks but someone changed his mind after re-seeing the first round.

Lots of controversy about the final round too. Did Johny Hendricks' final take down of Robbie Lawler seal the round for him or was it just a pointless exercise in control to no offensive end?

Let us know what you think in the comments, how did you score the fight? Who won the first round? Who won round 5?

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A necessary, or perhaps cautionary prologue on the spectacle you are about to witness:

What starts out as a friendly pow-wow about the decision and plausibility of individual round scores for last Saturday's UFC 171 welterweight championship bout between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler takes an ugly turn here, snowballing into a rather heated debate. Bloody Elbow's usual suspects, Dallas Winston and Connor Ruebusch, are accompanied by UFC middleweight Josh Samman, and everything is all unicorns and rainbows at first.

After all five rounds have been reviewed and assessed, the topic of takedowns and how much weight they should carry from a scoring standpoint comes up ... and all hell kind of breaks loose. Tension mounts. Sparks fly. Strong emotions are attempted to be kept in check with a barely mediocre success rate. Dallas reveals a very odd and powerful sensitivity to being portrayed as a meat-head with no appreciation for the finer, subtler aspects of combat. But then, somewhat ironically, and perhaps threatened by general human insecurity or the palpable vibe that his trusted cohort has spitefully betrayed him and his sacred scoring philosophies, Dallas unmagnanimously likens Connor to a meat-head for essentially pulling out the "Do you even train UFC, bro?" card on him.

Samman, with overpowering credibility oozing from the bloodied UFC gear framed behind him, willingly dives into the debate at first, then politely tries to harmonize the discord when it simmers to a boil. Though his composure remains fully intact, he clearly pursues an immediate escape from the surreal madhouse of petty internet geekery he finds himself helplessly trapped in. Oblivious to Samman's discomfort and the understandable horror any sane mortal with a normal life and better things to do would experience in such an ominous situation, Connor and Dallas stay on the trigger, hell-bent on either winning the argument or affecting a worldwide epiphany with their unflinching views on MMA judging.

For your viewing entertainment, this, ladies and gentlemen, is "The Meat-Head Episode."

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