UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler 2 took place December 6, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (18-2) locked horns with former Strikeforce titleholder Gilbert Melendez (22-4) in the night's co-main event, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.
For more on UFC 181's co-main event, check out the play-by-play by MMAFighting.com's own Luke Thomas.
Round 1: The referee is John McCarthy. Both fighters open orthodox and Melendez is pressing right away. He tries for a takedown against the fence. Pettis separates and throws a head kick, which Melendez blocks. Melendez gets it on the second attempt, however. Pettis stands, but Melendez is close to taking his back. Pettis finally separates, but Melendez gives him no space and puts him on the canvas. Pettis eventually separates again, but Melendez is back on him, pressing him into the fence. Pettis scores a flying knee after he stuffs a shot in the middle of the cage. Melendez shots against the fence with Pettis's back there, but Pettis stuffs it. Hard body kick scores twice for Pettis.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Melendez
Round 2: Pettis is being pressured back, but he's turning a bit more. Melendez eats a punch and looks momentarily wobbled, but drives forward. He can't get the takedown and now he's eating shots from Pettis. He presses Pettis into the fence again, but no luck. Body kick for Melendez scores, but here comes trouble. Pettis scores two hard punches, including a right hand that stops him momentarily. Melendez rescrambles for a takedown, but Pettis jumps on a guillotine. It looks tight. Very tight. Pettis rolls into mount with the choke locked on and incredibly, Melendez taps.
Anthony Pettis def. Gilbert Melendez via submission (guillotine) at 1:53 of round 2