Lawler Beats Brown by Unanimous Decision
Robbie Lawler hacked out a unanimous decision win over Matt Brown in their five round welterweight battle which served as the main event of UFC on Fox 12 in San Jose, California on Saturday.
Headed to the Rematch
The win sets up a rematch against UFC Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks who beat Lawler at UFC 171 to win the welterweight belt which was vacated by Georges St. Pierre. Hendricks narrowly outpointed Lawler in a bout that Lawler could have won on another night. Lawler had just recently defeated Jake Ellenberger on May 24th, 2013 at UFC 173, but he took this fight on short notice with the condition that he would get a title shot if he won.
While Lawler has done his part, he will have to wait for Hendricks to recuperate from a biceps injury which has sidelined him since their first bout. Hendricks is expected to return in 2015, and UFC President Dana White has hinted that the rematch will take place early next year.
The win did not come easy for Lawler as Matt Brown put up a gritty performance that sent the fight to the full route. Both men were a combined 9-1 with 8 KOs in their last five bouts, and everyone was expecting a gunfight that would prematurely end the bout. But while Lawler came out swinging in the first round, Matt Brown wobbled him with a right to the chin. But Lawler immediately countered with a punishing left that sent Brown retreating as the first round closed.
Brown found his groove in the second round as he started to mix his attack. He even took Lawler to the ground but wasn’t able to do much damage. But Lawler recovered in the third round as he started to dictate the tempo once again with his crisp combinations that staggered the Immortal One. Controversy occurred when referee Big John McCarthy erroneously called a low blow against Lawler, who had badly hurt Matt Brown with a kick that clearly landed on Brown’s body.
But the Rutheless One was not deterred, he took Brown to the ground in the fourth stanza and spent a lot of minutes on top of his opponent, carefully picking his shots. Brown was already fighting in unchartered waters, as this was the first time in his career that he has gone over three rounds.
Sensing that he was behind on points, Matt Brown started the fifth round with a furious pace. However, Brown hurt his right hand in the middle of the round and was forced to lay back a bit. Lawler finished strong with his superior boxing to come up with the unanimous decision win. he judges scored the bout 49-46-,49-46 and 48-47. Lawler improved his record to 24-10 with 19 KOs and 1 submission while Brown fell to 19-12 with 12 KOs and 5 submissions.
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