UFC on Fox 8 Results: Robbie Lawler’s Octagon Return Continues with Another Stunning Knockout

July 27, 2013
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Robbie Lawler

Heading into his UFC on Fox 8 welterweight bout with Bobby Voelker, UFC veteran and perennial fan favorite Robbie Lawler had 20 career victories. Of those 20 victories, 17 came by way of knockout.

After Saturday night, you can make that 21, as Lawler dispatched Voelker, leveling the Kansas City native with a thudding head-kick knockout at the start of the second round.

Round one saw both fighters open with a purpose.  Lawler stalked his opponent with a cocked right hand, as the 34-year-old Voelker looked to earn his first victory inside the Octagon after failing in his debut against Patrick Cote at UFC 158.

As Lawler pressured with a stiff jab, Voelker attempted to stymie the oncoming pressure of the former Miletich Fighting System product by using an array of leg kicks and lateral movement.

As the opening frame drew on, and as “Ruthless” got a taste of Voelker’s power, Lawler began to get more comfortable with his distance and began opening up.  First came a glancing head kick that just missed Voelker’s temple.  Next was a vicious set of punching combinations, followed with a lead standing elbow.  As his confidence grew, Lawler even attempted a couple jumping knees that were only barely deflected by an ever-reddening Voelker.

With blood pouring from his face, Voelker ended the first round in a spot of trouble, as Lawler was pressuring, showing very little respect for his foe’s overall game.

It only took 24-seconds into the second round for Lawler to find his mark. The head kicks that so narrowly missed in the first frame, found their way to the side of Voelker’s head, leaving the two-time UFC combatant flat on his back in the middle of the Octagon.

Post-fight a visibly elated Lawler raised his hand in victory with a beaming smile sprawled across his face

That’s rather understandable. Debuting in the UFC in 2002, Lawler went 4-3 in his inaugural stint in the company before being released in 2004 after a loss to Evan Tanner at UFC 50.

Lawler went on to find success overseas for the next decade. And for many, the thought of him ever returning to the Octagon was a longshot.

Back in February at UFC 157, however, Lawler got the call to fight perennial top-ten welterweight Josh Koscheck.  Heading into the bout with “Kos,” Lawler was almost a 3-to-1 underdog.

Not only did Lawler beat Koscheck on that winter evening, putting a stamp on his long awaited promotional return, but in the process he scored a vicious knockout that eventually earned him the Knockout of the Night honors.

With his victory over Voelker at UFC on FOX 8, not only does Lawler’s storybook return continue, he may very well be earning another bonus check to accompany his eighteenth knockout in 21 professional victories.

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  • Lawler is a guy who is talented, experienced and has a great team to back him up but can someone point out why he hans’t made it to the top? I’m thinking just tough fights and maybe personal issues. I don’t think he’s a gatekeeper.

    • Advance*

      Well he’s been fighting at middleweight for the past 10 years or so. Plus most of his losses are against grapplers, which is obviously his weakest area. I’d say welterweight is just a better weight class for him and I’m sure being back in the UFC gives him extra incentive to train hard

  • The Best Eva

    All day! Ruthless Robbie’s goin to keep taking them out.

  • WillyP3

    He’s going to be another Roy Nelson… Keep winning by exciting KOs but will never be a Champion

  • PhranktheTank

    Doesn’t Robbie Lawler vs Thiago Alves sound like a fantastic fight?

    • shakejunt

      that it does, but alves needs a few wins first.

      • PhranktheTank

        True enough, but I think Alves has enough name recognition to make it a viable fight.

    • El Gvapo

      Hell yes that would be awesome. And you know they would put on a show too, unlike Rory vs Jake last night.

  • ed

    breaking news- Lawler vs Diaz

  • shakejunt

    i know it’s a win-loss issue, but lawler vs ellenberger is fireworks on paper.