Lawler to fight Matt Brown on July 26
Robbie Lawler is known as “Ruthless” in the octagon. Now we can also call him “busy”.
Lawler is set to fight for the third time in just over four months when he takes on Matt Brown in a five rounder welterweight bout on July 26 at San Jose via UFC on Fox Sports. Lawler is coming off a sensational third round TKO victory over Jake “Juggernaut” Ellenberger in UFC 173 last Saturday. Lawler also fought last March 15 for the vacant UFC welterweight title but lost a close and thrilling bout to the current champion Johny Hendricks.
But weeks after his UFC 171 loss, Lawler phoned UFC Dana White and asked for a big fight. UFC 173 was fast approaching and Jake Ellenberger had no dance partner. White inserted Lawler to the undercard. And last Saturday, Lawler made the most out of it by pummeling Jake Ellenberger for three rounds before the bout was stopped at the 3:06 mark of the final round.
Fresh from UFC 173, White tweeted that Lawler will fight again on July 26 against the streaking destroyer Matt Brown. Brown had just defeated Erick Silva last May 10. White also said that the winner of the bout will have a shot at Johny Hendricks’ title later this year. Lawler is currently the #1 ranked contender while Matt Brown is #5.
Matt Brown earned his “Immortal” monicker because he survived a heroin overdose. He took up MMA as a hobby to keep him away from alcohol and drugs. He would later take MMA seriously and won the ISCF East Coast Welterweight title in 2007.Brown signed in for TUF 7 where he lost in the quarter-finals to eventual winner Amir Sadollah. He did not win the TUF but he won a UFC contract.
Brown has had an up and down UFC career where he lost three out of four matches between 2010 and 2011. But since 2012, he has racked up seven straight wins-6 by KO or TKO. These included impressive stoppage wins over Mike Pyle and Erick Silva in his last two outings. Now, Brown has a chance to get his first crack at a UFC title-if he gets past Robbie Lawler.
The Ruthless One
Lawler is a former EliteXC Middleweight champion. He own a record of 23-10 and 1 no-contest. 19 of those wins have been via KO or TKO. He is currently ranked #1 in the UFC welterweight rankings. Like Brown, Lawler’s MMA career has been a roller coaster. When he was with Strikeforce, Lawler went 3-5. But since UFC took over Strikeforce, Lawler has been 4-1 with 3 KO’s. His only loss was the UFC 171 title match against Hendricks.
That title bout earned Fight of the Night honors. Lawler and Hendricks went toe to toe and slugged it out in the octagon. Lawler was able to hurt the hard punching Hendricks with his own power shots. The match went back and forth but Hendricks summoned enough will to pull it off in the final round. Lawler lost the bout via split decision but earned the respect of White and the UFC fans with his impressive performance.
Lawler was expected to take a break after UFC 173, but with a potential title shot against Brown, he’s off to the gym to train again. White has nothing but praises for Lawler. He said that Robbie is finally putting it all together now. White added that with his punching power, Lawler is capable of beating anybody on a given night and that he’s an exciting fighter that fans want to see.
Lawler is now on the biggest stage in MMA and has not disappointed in the bright lights of the UFC. He hopes to beat Brown and arrange a rematch with Big Rigg before the year is over. And with the determination and hard work that he’s shown lately, the world title may not be too far from his grasp.
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