UFC on Fox 12: Robbie Lawler defeats Matt Brown
UFC of Fox 12 provided fans with the quirky fact that the first ten wins were in the blue corner, as well as the expected outcome of a full five rounds for the main event between ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler and ‘The Immortal’ Matt Brown, which won fight-of-the-night honours.
In a five round main event few thought would go the distance, both welterweights proved their toughness yet again and refused to buckle under extreme pressure as the action went back and forth. In recent fights Brown had shown a kind of sixth sense and an ability to come back from the brink of defeat to finish opponents. Lawler had shown incredible toughness and highly technical, varied techniques.
Lawler earned and won the unanimous decision despite being rocked early and later on in the fight. Brown seemed unable to strike without being struck, and weathered thunderous body kicks to the liver, one that was wrongly ruled a low blow.
It was the first time Brown had ventured into championship rounds, and if he continues as he has it won’t be his last.
This sets up a rematch of Lawler vs. current champion Jonny Hendricks, who just began training after injury. Hendricks won the first fight with Lawler by a sliver, and won’t be so cocky going into a rematch.
For his part, Brown lost lustre and came out of this fight looking a little beige.
The shocker on this card was Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson TKOing long-time 205 pound gate holder Little Nog, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Since ending his weight cuts to 170---which must have been energy-draining---the huge Rumble has been Smokin’ at this weight, and reminiscent of Smokin’ Joe Frazier from back in the 70s.
The question was, could Rumble’s power get through Little Nog’s formidable boxing skills? Both Little Nog and his brother Big Nog are highly skilled with their hands and stand up in general, especially movement, angles and combinations. But Rumble’s power did get through and it only took 44 seconds for a devastating series of shots, particularly an brutal upper cut as Little Nog tried covering up against the fence, to put the Brazilian away via TKO. If that was a TKO I’d hate to see a KO.
Current challenger to Jon Jones’ LHW belt Daniel Cormier said in his duties as a commentator for Fox that “Rumble looked very impressive. And he can wrestle, as he showed in his fight with Anthony Davis.”
There were only two finishes in the twelve-fight card, but Rumble sent rumblings through the 205 pound division. His punching power is on another level compared with the rest of the top ten, and you can’t teach power like that.
Strike while the iron is hot, Mr. White. Give Rumble a shot at the winner of Jon Jones v. Daniel Cormier. It’s the fight fans will want to see.
Dennis ‘The Menace’ Bermudez did what few others have done by dominating and finishing the Energizer Bunny Rabbit Clay ‘The Carpenter’ Guida, who in typical fashion jumped up and ran laps of the octagon even after being choked out.
Bermudez is rocketing up the featherweight class and improving greatly with each win.
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