Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown
Round 1: Brown quickly takes the center of the cage. He presses forward. Lawler lands a combination. Brown looks for a takedown, but Lawler stuffs the attempt Lawler lands an uppercut. Brown misses with a right. Lawler lands a counter right hand. Lawler lands another combination. Brown inches forward. He lands a right hand that wobbles Lawler. Lawler lands a left hook. Brown cliches and lands an elbow. He takes Lawler down. Lawler gets to his feet, but takes a knee to the body. He presses Brown against the cage. Lawler lands a left hook. Brown delivers knees to the body. Brown lands elbows on the inside. They trade a few more blows as the round comes to a close. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Lawler.
Round 2: Both men come out firing punches in the second, neither wanting to give any quarter to the other. Brown looks a little worse for the wear than Lawler from the previous round, as Lawler starts to take control of the round. Brown is firing off kicks, but Lawler doing a good job avoiding most of the power behind them. He slows, looking to counter, but Brown shoots and takes Lawler to the mat. Lawler quickly brings the fight back to the feet and fires of a hard left and then sticks Brown with a stiff right jab. Lawler utilizing a lot of head movement to make himself a hard target, and it’s proving effective, until Brown lands a spinning back kick followed by a solid punch combination. Brown catches some momentum and lands another flurry of punches. Lawler’s output has gone down considerably in the final half of this round, but he closes with a solid kick to the body. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Brown.
Round 3: Brown looks for a takedown in the opening seconds. Lawler lands elbows and separates. Lawler lands a left hand. Lawler lands a powerful kick to the body. He lands another one. Brown paws with his jab. Lawler lands an uppercut as Browned moved in. He land s a right hook on the inside. Brown steps in with a left hand. Brown lands an outside leg kick. Lawler lands a front kick to the body. It apparently landed to the groin. It was clearly to the body on the replay. The fight is restarted. Brown looks for a takedown. Lawler shakes off the attempt. Lawler lands an uppercut. Lawler lands another kick to the body. Brown delivers a kick to the body. He lands a right hand to the body. Lawler lands to the body again. Lawler goes high with a kick. Brown goes high with one. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Lawler.
Round 4: The fight hits the mat early in the frame, Lawler working from Brown’s half guard. He gets Brown backed up to the fence and lands a big shot as Brown stands up. Lawler has a body lock from behind and drags Brown down, but they quickly return to the feet. Lawler tags Brown with an uppercut. Brown tries to shoot, but Lawler stuffs it. Brown lands a straight right, but Lawler doesn’t seem to notice and answers with a right hook. Brown is starting to look very tired, this being his first time seeing the fourth round of a fight. Lawler lands a hard combination with about 30 seconds left in the round. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Lawler.
Round 5: Lawler opens with several straight lefts, but Brown answers with a kick to the body. Both men letting their hands go, but Lawler getting the better of the early exchanges. Brown lands an elbow, but Lawler recovers and starts landing multiple punches, closes the distance and presses Brown up against the fence. Lawler appears to slow a bit and Brown lands a hard punch combination and follows with a knee and a couple of kicks. Great action from Brown. Lawler lands a jab and then goes high with a head kick, but Brown is answering well, firing off punches that are rocking Lawler. Brown shakes out his right hand and keeps firing, but Lawler starts to answer with some punches of his own and a kick to the body that doubles Brown over slightly. Lawler keeps punching, but Brown isn’t done, he answers with several punches of his own. Spinning backfist from Lawler. Both men leaving it all on the table. A minute left, both men look tired, but they keep throwing leather. Lawler being effective with his jab and a front kick to the body. Brown leaps in with a punch, but Lawler tags him. They briefly hit the mat, Brown starts to get up, and Lawler kicks him back down. The horn sounds, Brown’s face is a bloody mess, but he smiles and slaps hands with Lawler for a fight well fought. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Lawler.
Robbie Lawler def. Matt Brown by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
“I’m very impressed with Matt Brown tonight. He came to fight and never stopped trying to finish me. That’s a true professional there. While it was an exciting fight, we both fought very measured and we’re high level fighters so we really cant do anything stupid or the other guy will capitalize. I’ve been in a 7 month training camp so Im definitely looking forward to a break before I start camp for my rematch with Johny Hendricks.”
“That guy is on hell of a fighter. I never could get a read on him and he always was moving forward. It was a pleasure getting in the Octagon tonight with Robbie.”