Round 1: They meet in the middle of the cage. Ellenberger paws with his jab. Lawler bounces on the outside. Lawler fires off a high kick that’s blocked. He throws another one that’s blocked. He goes to the body with a kick. Lawler throws another high kick. Ellenberger isn’t throwing much. Lawler is dictating the pace. Ellenberger steps in with a combination that’s short of its mark. They clinch. Lawler delivers a knee to the body and they separate. Lawler inches forward. Ellenberger throws a combination, but Lawler covers. Ellenberger goes to the body. Lawler counters with a left hand. Ellenberger lands with his right. He goes to the body with a right hand. Lawler misses with a high kick a the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Lawler.
Round 2: Ellenberger lands a right hand to start the round. Lawler presses forward. They exchange. Lawler lands a knee to the body. They clinch and Lawler delivers another knee to the body. They separate. Lawler continues to pressure Ellenberger. He’s stalking him. Ellenberger closes the distance and works to get the fight to the ground. Lawler gets free. Lawler lands a counter left hand. He lands a straight left. Ellenberger circles away. Lawler lands another left hand. Ellenberger steps in with a combination. He closes the distance and takes Lawler down with two minutes remaining. Lawler reverses. He’s laughing. He lands a knee to the body. Lawler lands left hands as Ellenberger is on all fours. Lawler spins around to the back. He continues to pepper Ellenberger with shots. Ellenberger gets to his feet. He drives forward and takes Lawler down. Lawler kicks him off and gets to his feet. He lands two knees to the body. Lawler lands a front kick to the body followed by a right hand. They work for position along the cage. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Lawler.
Round 3: Ellenberger’s corner tells him to leave it all in the cage. They tell him to let his hands go. They meet in the middle of the Octagon to start the final round. Lawler has some swelling under his left eye. Lawler lands a hard knee to the body. Ellenberger lands a right hand. He lands another. Lawler eats them. They clinch and Lawler lands knees to the body. Lawler steps in with a straight right. The pace slows a bit. Lawler inches forward. He lands a right hand. Ellenberger lands a kick to the body. Lawler steps in with a stiff jab. He lands a left. Lawler lands a stiff right hand that has Ellenberger moving away. Lawler goes after him and lands a knee. Ellenberger covers and falls to the canvas. Lawler finishes up with strikes. The referee steps in and stops it.
The official time of the technical knockout was 3:06 of the third round.
“I wanted to get in there and really push him to get the stoppage. I hit him with that one two and followed it up when he went down. I have great coaches who guided me through this quick two month turn around after my last fight. I felt strong out there because they never let my body get weak during training. I had plenty of time to rest and fight of the fatigue of back to back camps. I’m going to go home and see my wife son who I haven’t been able to see. I’m not going to ask for any fights. I’m going to let the UFC brass decide what’s next but they know exactly what I want.”