90.4
Technical Submission (Bulldog Choke)
3:20
      Askren is finally making his UFC debut here, he immediately shot for a takedown, Lawler stuffed the shot, lifted Askren into the air, slammed him, unloaded with some brutal ground & pound, and Askren was already a bloody mess just 30 seconds into the fight. The fight was ALMOST stopped, but Askren recovered, stood back up, and then clinched for a while. Askren almost took Lawler's back several times, he slapped on a bulldog choke, it LOOKED like Lawler might have gone to sleep, so Herb Dean stopped the fight, and Lawler was fine, so... It was a bad stoppage, Herb Dean realized it immediately, and Askren celebrates his successful UFC debut, via bad stoppage. That's a shame too, because that was shaping up to be a clear fight of the night candidate. I'm curious how the UFC will handle this one.
89.9
Decision
25:00
      The first round had both guys trading some big shots, with Anjos mostly landing with his kicks, and Lawler was mostly landing with his heavy hands. They clinched for a while, and Anjos did some solid work on Lawler's body with his knees, but Lawler kept pushing forward, and controlled the direction of the clinch. That first round will probably go to Anjos.
     The first round started with Lawler throwing some bombs, but halfway through the round, Anjos unloaded on him with a long streak of punches against the fence, while Lawler just covered up, letting Anjos burn out some energy with his offense. Lawler at a LOT of shots, but once that flurry was over, Lawler started moving forward, and pressured Anjos toward the fence. Lawler exploded with some big combinations of his own, but it probably wasn't enough to win back the round. I have Anjos ahead going into the third round.
     They clinched early to start the third round, Lawler unloaded with a fast combination to the body of Anjos, and then Anjos scored a takedown a minute into the round, pinning Lawler against the fence, as Lawler settled into a seated position. Anjos tried to work his way to back control, but Lawler's back was pressed against the fence, so it wasn't working out for him. Lawler stood up 2 minutes into the round, and pressed Anjos against the fence to continue working his body from the clinch. Lawler started to work those big punches to the body again, and then Anjos dropped Lawler with an elbow, and pinned him in the center of the cage, as he settled into Lawler's half guard. Anjos dropped some big elbows with 30 seconds left in the round. I have Anjos ahead 30-27 going into the fourth round, but I still think Lawler is going to make something big happen in the next round.
     The fourth round had Anjos pressing Lawler against the fence in the clinch, with both guys landing some decent short shots, and when they broke apart, they were both still trading punches at a decent pace. Eventually, Anjos really started to pull ahead with his striking, as he beat the shit out of Lawler against the fence, and it looked like Lawler was nearly finished, but he was saved by the bell. Anjos is running away with this fight on the scorecards, so Lawler has 5 minutes left to make some magic happen.
     The fifth round was another clinic delivered by Rafael dos Anjos, as Lawler's legs were completely shot, so Anjos just picked him apart for the final 5 minutes of this fight. In the end, I'm going to score this fight 50-43 for Anjos, and I'm not entirely convinced that Lawler shouldn't just retire at this point. I've been a huge fan of his for years, but he just doesn't seem like he's into it anymore. Anjos on the other hand, he still looks pretty solid, especially since I still kind of think of him as a lightweight.
90.9
Decision
15:00
      This fight started, and Lawler came out throwing bombs immediately, rocking the shit out of Cerrone, while chasing him around the cage with brutal combinations. Cerrone fired back to show he's still in the fight, but Lawler did a ton of damage in that first minute of the round. They clinched, and traded some knees as the paced slowed down a bit. Cerrone threw a head kick, Lawler landed a brutal knee, and then Cerrone took down Lawler 3 minutes into the opening round. Cerrone passed to sort of a North-South position, and threw a few knees to his body, before trying to take his back, but Lawler quickly popped back up to his feet, and they went back to trading strikes in the center of the cage. Cerrone threw a big head kick, but Lawler just ate it. That was a wild first round. I'm giving it to Lawler based on his explosion in the first minute, but Cerrone probably won 3-4 minutes of that round, so I don't know how the judges will handle that one.
     They continued to trade punches & kicks at a steady pace in the second round, with Cerrone moving forward a little more than Lawler. Cerrone faked a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, and then blasted Lawler with a knee and some hard punches. I scored the second round for Cerrone, and have this fight all tied up going into the final round. It kind of sucks that this isn't a 5 round fight, because I feel like these guys could pound on each other for a solid 25 minutes.
     Lawler spent most of the third round walking down Cerrone, picking him apart with punches, but Cerrone was still firing back with heavy shots as well. They both landed some slick punch combinations to the head with 2 minutes left in the round. Lawler continued to stomp toward Cerrone for most of the round, but the actual striking was very competitive. This fight could definitely go either way, I just hope it doesn't end in a draw. I'm scoring it a solid 29-28 for Robbie Lawler, but I have no idea where the judges are at with this one. All 3 judges gave the fight to Robbie Lawler, 29-28. That fight was close though, and like I said earlier, I would have liked to see another 2 rounds between these guys.
92.3
KO (Punches)
2:12
      Nothing happened in the first minute of the round, until Woodley threw some big punches, connecting with one good one, following that up with a clinch against the cage. The referee split them up quickly, and reset them in the center of the cage. They circled around each other for another minute or so, Woodley blasted Lawler with a massive right hand, Lawler went down, and then Woodley finished him with some brutal punches on the ground. That was the best win of Woodley's career, obviously, since he just became the UFC Welterweight Champion, by taking out ROBBIE LAWLER in the first round. This has been an insane night of fights, with some massive upsets. Great night for Woodley, and a terrible night for Lawler.
93.6
Decision (Split)
25:00
      Lawler started strong in the first round, but then he got blasted with some shots from Condit that put Lawler on his ass, almost face first. I thought the fight was going to be stopped, but fortunately, the referee let them continue, so Lawler was able to recover. Condit continued to pick him apart though for most of the remainder of the round. Round one goes to Condit. The second round was basically more of the same, but this time, Lawler blasted Condit in the chin, and knocked him on his ass. The score is all tied up going into the third round. Condit came out strong in the third round, picking apart Lawler with a wide variety of kicks, and some solid boxing. The fourth round was more of the same, with Lawler landing some good shots, but ultimately he was picked apart by Condit, with his diverse striking game, and his movement made him hard to hit as well. Condit continued to work his way around Lawler from all angles in the final round, blasting him with punches & kicks, throwing & landing 3x's as many strikes as Lawler throughout the fight. With 2 minutes left in the fight, Lawler exploded, went super fucking crazy violent, and tried to kill Condit, cornering him against the cage, and destroying him with insanity & wild punches. They were both exhausted & throwing everything they could at each other in the final 30 seconds. In the end, I scored the fight 48-47 in favor of Carlos Condit. Two of the judges disagreed, and I think they kind of screwed Condit, by giving the fight to Lawler via split-decision. I WANTED Lawler to win, so I should be happy, but come on man, Condit won that fight. Congrats to Lawler though, for another hard fought title defense.
96.4
TKO (Punches)
21:00
      That was some of the craziest shit I've ever seen. Hands down one of the best title fights I've ever seen. Lawler broke MacDonald's nose early in the fight, and caused MacDonald's face to bleed like I've never seen, an actual river of blood was pouring out of his nose & mouth for the duration of this fight. MacDonald started to make a comeback late in round 3, throwing head kicks, and nearly knocking out Lawler. The fourth round was fucking wild, both guys blasting each other, looking for the kill, Lawler's upper lip nearly fell off, due to a brutal cut, and both guys looked like they had been shot in the face by the end of the fight. Fortunately for Lawler, he was able to finish the fight early in the fifth round, with a big punch to the face, I'm not really sure EXACTLY what happened, all I know is MacDonald fell backwards, and kind of waved off the fight, clearly he was finished. That fight was fucking amazing, and should go down in history as one of the greatest fights of all time. I am so fucking impressed right now, by both of these fighters, ESPECIALLY Robbie Lawler, for an insanely hard fought title defense.
91.3
Decision (Split)
25:00
      Oh man, that was a close fight. The first round could have gone either way, with both guys landing some really good shots. I gave the next 2 rounds to Hendricks, for landing better punches, and securing a couple of takedowns. By the fourth round, Hendricks started to look a little worn out, and Lawler started to pick him apart, so I gave the fourth round to Lawler. And the fifth round was kind of boring, with Hendricks stalling a lot, but in the last 20 seconds, Lawler went fucking wild, and landed punches & kicks & knees and all kinds of shit, doing his best to finish the fight. So technically, I probably would have given the fight to Hendricks, 48-47, but I'm glad that the judges gave it to Lawler, because at the end of the fight, Lawler clearly LOOKED like the winner, so I think he deserved the title. I'm not REALLY convinced that I want to see a tie-breaker rematch between these guys though, I'm sort of more interested in seeing someone else get a title shot at this point.
91.1
Decision
25:00
      Well shit... That was a pretty great fight overall, but I was really hoping for a finish. With that being said, I REALLY wanted Matt Brown to win this fight, but I can't really argue the decision, I thought Brown won the second round, and MAYBE the fifth round, but at least 3 of the fights went to Lawler after one hell of a 25 minute brawl, so he deserved the victory, and all 3 judges agreed. Really good main event though, to an otherwise somewhat lackluster card.
89.9
TKO (Knee & Punches)
13:06
      Well, that fight pretty much went as expected. Both guys threw a lot of strikes, Lawler seemed to be more aggressive, he clearly won the first two rounds, Ellenberger came out in the third throwing bombs, but eventually slowed down enough for Lawler to land a big knee to the head, and then he finished him off with a series of punches on the ground. Robbie Lawler looked really solid in this fight, and it was a pretty big win against a tough guy like Ellenberger.
89.9
Decision
25:00
      This was a pretty good fight overall. Johny Hendricks won the first two rounds, Lawler won the next 2 rounds, both guys were showing great boxing skills, and Hendricks was landing a leg kick that was doing some damage. In the end, it all came down to the fifth round, which was also pretty close, but Hendricks secured a takedown near the end, which I think solidified his win. Not really the greatest fight ever, but I'm glad that Hendricks finally got the belt that he deserved from his previous fight with St. Pierre.
90.8
Decision (Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty badass fight. Robbie Lawler kicked MacDonald's ass in the first round, with brutal punches & leg kicks. The second round was all MacDonald, taking Lawler to the ground, controlling him, and pounding on him a bit. The third round was BASICALLY all Lawler, beating MacDonald's ass some more, until the very end, where MacDonald was able to get one last takedown, followed by some more ground & pound. In the end, I gave the fight to Robbie Lawler, but it was close, so I think a split-decision was a good outcome. I'm really glad Lawler won though!
90.3
KO (Head Kick & Punch)
5:24
      BAM! The first round was 100% Robbie Lawler, throwing bombs, busting up the nose of Voelker, leaving both of them bloody messes (all from Voelker's blood). The second round started, Lawler kicked Voelker in the head, knocking him to the ground, finished him off with a big punch on the ground, and that's all she wrote. Awesome fight for Robbie Lawler!
90.9
TKO (Punches)
3:57
      This had the makings of a great fight, but it ended prematurely, for sure. Josh Koscheck took Lawler to the ground early, with a Bill Goldberg style spear. Once they were on the ground, Koscheck controlled the fight for a couple of minutes. Eventually Lawler got on top, and rained down a handful of HUGE punches, bouncing Koscheck's head off the canvas. The referee stopped the fight, but clearly Koscheck was not even close to being out. Sure, he was getting his ass kicked, but they definitely shouldn't have stopped the fight. Either way, both guys looked good, so I wouldn't mind seeing a rematch sooner than later.
90.5
Decision
15:00
      Oh man, that was a pretty good fight. Larkin got rocked early in the first round by some big punches from Lawler, but he was able to comeback from adversity, launching some brutal punch & knee combinations of his own. This was a really close round, but I'd probably give it to Larkin for the hard shots he landed at the end of the round. Larkin locked on a tight guillotine for a few seconds in the second round, but Lawler was able to roll out of it. At the end of the round, Larkin landed a BRUTAL knee to the head, opening up a gash on the head of Lawler. The third round was a pretty fun brawl, with Larkin picking apart Lawler with punch & kick combinations. In the end, Lawler pretty much got beat down in this fight, and Larkin wins via unanimous decision. Really huge win for Lorenz Larkin in his middleweight debut.
89.3
TKO (Flying Knee and Punches)
1:48
      Amagov started this fight by securing a takedown, then he looked like he was going to go for a guillotine choke, and then he landed a big knee to Lawler's head, on the ground, which is against the rules, so he lost a point. Once they started the fight back up, Lawler threw a flying knee, knocked Amagov to the ground, and then finished him off with big punches on the ground. Nice comeback for Lawler, after getting rocked by that knee on the ground. I'm happy that Lawler was able to break his losing streak here.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      I was really hoping Lawler would have a better showing for himself here, but he just wasn't able to do much against Kennedy's wrestling skills. Kennedy was sweating like a maniac, he looked like he was dying from AIDS or something, but he still kept coming, taking Lawler to the ground, and controlling him for the vast majority of the fight. Lawler landed a big uppercut in the second round that caused blood to POUR out of the face of Kennedy, which made everything look pretty brutal from that point forward. I wanted to give the second round to Lawler, due to the damage he caused, but it's hard to score a round, against a guy that has top position, and is raining down punches from the guard, like Kennedy was doing. In the end, I gave Kennedy all 3 rounds, and the judges agreed. It was kind of a long, tiring fight though, and I sort of lost interest about halfway through it.
91.4
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
12:00
      This fight was pretty much what you'd expect from these two guys. Lawler wanted to keep the fight standing, and he was throwing haymakers, and Souza spent most of the fight taking Lawler to the ground, beating him up on the ground, trying to open him up for submissions from the side mount. I gave the first two rounds to Jacare, for pretty much manhandling Lawler like a gorilla. He almost put him away at the end of the second round with a series of armbar attempts too. Jacare came out in the second round, and landed some brutal knees from the clinch, and then took Lawler to the ground, ending up on Lawler's back, where he finished him with the rear-naked choke. Jacare Souza is a bad man. I'm looking forward to seeing where he goes from here, since I feel like this fight officially puts him into the Top 10 Middleweights of the world.
91.3
KO (Punch)
0:50
      BOOM! Lindland for some reason thought it would be a good idea to stand & trade with Robbie Lawler, which lead to him getting punched in the face with an awesome punch combinations from Lawler, that knocked Lindland flat on his face. Lawler landed another big diving punch on the ground, Lindland was out cold, and the fight was stopped. Awesome highlight reel KO victory for Robbie Lawler.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      Robbie Lawler just doesn't look good at weights above 185. He has no business fighting Babalu Sobral. This was a pretty close fight, but instead of looking like the destroyer that I know Robbie Lawler can be, he just looked out of shape in this fight, he got tired early, and he was barely able to wing his way through the third round. I ended up giving all 3 rounds to Sobral, by landing better shots, moving forward, and securing a takedown. I really don't want to see Lawler fight at 195 ever again.
92.8
KO (Punches)
3:33
      This fight was kind of hard to watch, if you're a Lawler fan. Manhoef was picking him apart, with hard punches, and BRUTAL kicks to the body & legs, leaving Lawler limping around, with his head wobbling, and it looked like Lawler was going to go down at any second. AND THEN! OUT OF NOWHERE! Lawler smashed Manhoef in the face with a huge right hand, knocked him to the ground, and finished him off with a couple more punches. This was one of those amazing highlight reel comebacks for Robbie Lawler. Great fight, and awesome win against a SCARY opponent in Melvin Manhoef.
90.0
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
2:02
      Oh shit... Lawler came out throwing big overhand punches, and it looked like he was making Shields really nervous. I think I had Lawler winning the first 2 minutes, with his punches, and solid takedown defense. Out of nowhere, Shields got the clinch, locked on a guillotine, jumped in in the air, pulling Lawler to the ground with it, and he finished the fight via submission about halfway through the first round. Pretty awesome win for Jake Shields.
92.2
TKO (Kicks and Punches)
7:35
      Here we are with the rematch, after the fiasco that ended their last fight via eye poke. Well, Smith landed some nice elbows in this fight, and cut Lawler's head open a little bit, but ultimately, Lawler won both rounds pretty clearly, beating the shit out of Smith with great combinations, and then finishing him with some big knees, and huge punches in the second round. Awesome win for Robbie Lawler.
91.7
No Contest (Thumb in the Eye)
13:26
      MAN... This fight started off at a solid pace, both guys throwing GREAT kicks, and GREAT punch combinations. The first round ended with Lawler nearly knocking out Smith, but Smith was basically saved by the bell (as he crumbled into his corner, almost causing the fight to be stopped). The second round was basically more of the same, but Smith opened up with some solid standing elbow strikes, opening up Robbie Lawler's forehead, causing blood to flow down his face. At the end of the second round, it was pretty much tied up on the scorecards. The third round looked like it was going in Lawler's favor, but he accidentally poked Smith's eye, causing the fight to be stopped so the doctors could check Smith's eye, and eventually, they stopped the fight because he couldn't see. That was a disappointing way to end the fight, but it was a fun fight none-the-less. It's ruled a no contest, and Robbie Lawler gets to keep his title.
92.3
KO (Punches)
12:04
      This was a pretty good kickboxing match, with Rua kicking the shit out of Lawler's legs, and both guys beating the shit out of each other with hard punches & elbows. It was kind of hard to score the first two rounds, but going into the third round, I think Lawler was in the lead, and Ninja was getting tired. Luckily, it didn't go to the scorecards, and Lawler fucking DESTROYED Rua in the third round, knocking him down and fucking SMASHING him, with BRUTAL punches, putting him to sleep. That was an ass beating there in the third round, and an awesome fight overall. Congrats to Lawler for winning the EliteXC Middleweight Championship.
87.7
TKO (Punches)
9:36
      Lawler threw a head kick early in the first round, and slipped, so Pamplona took him to the ground with a guillotine attempt. Lawler got back up, they clinched, and Lawler threw some short punches, before allowing Pamplona to pull guard. They got back up, and continued to clinch. That wasn't a great opening round, mostly just clinching, and neither fighter really pulled ahead on the scorecards at all.
     They continued to clinch for the duration of the second round, with Lawler in pretty clear control of the clinch for the most part, until Pamplona tripped him, and took him to the ground. I still don't think either fighter has a very clear advantage going into the third round. Lawler turned it up a notch in the final seconds, so I guess I'll give him the second round.
     They continued to clinch for the first 90 seconds or so of the third round. This fight kind of sucks for being a "Super Fight". Lawler finally opened up, rocked Pamplona, knocked him to the ground, he followed him down, landed some more punches, and the referee stopped the fight. Congrats to Lawler for the win, but that was a waste of around 10 minutes or so.
90.9
KO
(Flying Knee)
0:22
     This fight consisted of Robbie Lawler kicking Villasenor in the face (but it was blocked), and then Lawler threw a flying knee, knocking out Villasenor in under a minute. After Villasenor was knocked out, Lawler danced for a second, then jumped on top of him to make sure the fight was over with some ground & pound (until the referee was forced to stop the fight...) Villasenor is a good fighter, but Robbie Lawler made him look ridiculous with this fight. Lawler wins by TKO in the first round.
87.1
Submission (Triangle Choke)
2:22
      This fight started with neither fighter really wanting to get too physical, and they were both throwing weak punches & kicks... Then after wrestling around for a bit, Robbie Lawler (who came up a weight class to fight Tanner) picked Tanner up over his head, and gave him a giant Pro-Wrestling style spinebuster, almost killing Tanner... The problem is, Tanner is great with submissions, and as soon as he hit the ground, he locked on a triangle choke, then included a straight armbar, and forced Lawler to submit to a combination of submissions all at once... Robbie Lawler got schooled at 185, and needs to drop back down to 170... Tanner wins by submission in the first round...
92.3
KO (Punches)
6:31
      Robbie Lawler is known for his insane striking ability & his short fuse... Nick Diaz on the other hand, is all about the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu... So everyone assumed that either Nick Diaz would get knocked out, or Robbie Lawler would get caught in a submission... Instead, Nick Diaz ran around taunting Lawler during the entire first round, talking all kinds of mad shit, and eventually, Robbie Lawler got pissed & sloppy, and Nick Diaz caught him with a shot to the chin, knocking out Robbie Lawler in the second round... This was a pretty great fight, especially since Nick Diaz put on a really good show of arrogance & strategy...
95.3
Decision
15:00
      This fight honestly had too many highlights to even be able to give a play by play... In the first round, it looked like Lytle might be able to choke out Lawler, but it didn't happen, because Robbie Lawler was rolling all over the place to escape the guillotine choke... Then Lawler unleashed a brilliant slam on Chris Lytle, picking him up off the ground, and then crushing him against the ground... From that point on, they both spend the entire 3 rounds throwing bombs... It was an absolutely amazing fight, and I can't recommend this one enough... It's honestly one of those fights that you would have to see to believe... Watch this fight... FUCKING AWESOME... Robbie Lawler wins by unanimous decision...
88.2
Submission (Injury)
7:28
      This was sort of a weird fight. Robbie Lawler has looked unstoppable so far in the UFC, and this time, he did a decent job at the start of the first round, but looked like he lost all of his energy by the end of the first round, and I think he ended up losing that round. The second round started, Spratt's eye got cut, and they stopped the fight to check it, he said he was ok, so they continued. About 30 seconds later, Lawler just waved to the referee and said he couldn't continue. I guess he hurt his leg or something? It was weird, nothing really looked like it did that much damage, so I'm not sure what happened. (Update: I just looked it up... Apparently Lawler dislocated his hip... That's weird...)
91.1
TKO (Punches)
1:29
      BAM! This was a great way to start off an explosive card, with Tiki throwing some nice kicks & punches, trying to work his Muay Thai skills, but Lawler countered with a BRUTAL punch, knocking Ghosn to the ground, and he slammed him a few more times with big heavy punches on the ground, before the referee tackled him to stop the fight. It was one of the funniest ref moves I've ever seen, but beyond that, Tiki had a HORRIBLE cut on his left eye brow, so that was pretty ugly. But yeah, Robbie Lawler beat his ass.
89.7
TKO (Punches)
5:27
      This was another solid scrap by Robbie Lawler, Berger tried to bring the fight to him, but in the end, Lawler was just too dominating, and he ended up knocking Berger unconscious with heavy punches on the ground against the cage. Lawler seems unstoppable so far.
92.1
Decision
15:00
     This was an epic brawl! Robbie Lawler is a fucking monster, and he was throwing some of the heaviest strikes I've ever seen at 170. Aaron Riley threw a lot of good shots of his own, but in the end, the real champion of this fight was Aaron Riley's chin, holy fuck can he take a shot or what? But yeah, after a 15 minute nonstop brawl, Robbie Lawler clearly deserved this win, and he walks away with the unanimous decision victory.