Unfortunately, young up and comer Adlan Amagov did both and the result was a vicious knockout at the hands of Robbie Lawler.
Lawler came out of the gate head hunting and trying to put the pressure on the young fighter. Amagov’s answer was to take the fight to the ground.
While he was successful in his endeavor, Amagov’s choice of weapons was ill advised. With Lawler’s knees still on the mat as his back was against the cage, Amagov uncorked a knee strike glancing his opponent on the head.
“It bothered me a little bit, but not too much. It was just make sure the cobwebs, if any, were out by the time I went out,” Lawler said about the illegal knee.
The obvious foul forced the referee to pause the action and take a point from Amagov. In the long run that point deduction didn’t matter.
The knee was like tugging on Superman’s cape, because upon the restart Lawler flew into Amagov with a knee strike that literally sent him over his opponent’s head. The necessary damage was done however and Amagov went face first down into the mat.
Lawler followed up with a few more strikes before the referee could come in and save Amagov from further punishment.
After two tough losses in a row to close out 2011, Lawler came back like a new man to kick off 2012 and he hopes to continue with the same reign of terror throughout the year.
“I’m happy to win, I want to go back to the drawing board,” said Lawler. “Work on all my skills and look to knock people out in 2012.”