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UFC on Fox 12: Lawler defeats Brown via decision

Robbie Lawler punch Matt Brown in UFC on Fox 12

Robbie "Ruthless" Lawler ends Matt Brown's 7-fight winning streak


Matt Brown (19-12) looked weak and not very confident at the beginning despite being the one overweight for this UFC Welterweight Championship title eliminator bout, swinging half-hearted hooks that'd never catch Robbie Lawler (24-10), until he landed one to Lawler's chin but Lawler managed to land one of his own on counter. Brown found his range and began throwing some precise combos and elbows before taking Lawler  down with a trip. Both eventually got back up and it was quite a close fight, Brown utilising his length and Lawler with his patience and explosive power. They started kicking each other a lot but it was Lawler who seemed to be troubling Brown with his body kicks.

Brown was already tired in the fourth round, not really a surprise as he had no experience in championship rounds, but he didn't give up and kept on hitting. Brown recorded slightly more significant strikes landed but it was Lawler that had more control and damage, and in the end, Lawler got the unanimous decision win and I'd have to say, deservingly so. He will be facing the reigning welterweight champ Johny Hendricks next for the belt.



Anthony Johnson (18-4) finished and probably retired 38-year-old veteran Antonio Rogerio "Minotouro" Noguiera (21-6) within seconds of the first round by backing him to fence after tagging him and throwing accurate bomb combos to the chin which knocked him out. Dennis "The Menace" Bermudez (14-3) tamed the wild Clay Guida (31-15), dominated him until he got the rear naked choke which Guida was forced to tap out to. The preliminary card looks boring, 7 out 8 bouts went to decision.

Results

(Source: Wikipedia)

Fight of the Night: Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown
Performance of the Night: Anthony Johnson and Dennis Bermudez

Main Card

Catchweight (172.5 lbs) Robbie Lawler def. Matt Brown | Decision (unanimous) | 5 rounds
Light Heavyweight Anthony Johnson def. Antônio Rogério Nogueira TKO (punches) | R1 0:44
Featherweight Dennis Bermudez def. Clay Guida Submission (rear-naked choke) | R2 2:57
Lightweight Bobby Green def. Josh Thomson | Decision (split) | 3 rounds

Preliminary Card

Lightweight Jorge Masvidal def. Daron Cruickshank | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Light Heavyweight Patrick Cummins def. Kyle Kingsbury | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Welterweight Tim Means def. Hernani Perpétuo | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Featherweight Brian Ortega def. Michael De La Torre | Submission (rear-naked choke) | R1 1:39
Lightweight Tiago Trator def. Akbarh Arreola Decision | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Welterweight Gilbert Burns def. Andreas Ståhl Decision | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Women's Catchweight (116.5 lbs) Joanna Jędrzejczyk def. Juliana Lima | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Featherweight Noad Lahat def. Steven Siler | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds

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