The main event of UFC on FOX 12 between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown lived up to its billing, with both combatants squaring off back-and-forth for the full 25 minutes inside the Octagon. Lawler emerged victorious, in this the number one contender fight for the UFC welterweight title, with the judges’ unanimous decision over Matt Brown–snapping his opponent’s 7-fight win streak in the process.
Robbie Lawler had the utmost respect for his opponent, saying after the fight “There’s two champions in this ring tonight.”–“He came toe-to-toe with me, not many will do that.”
Continuing to compliment Matt Brown—who was absent from the post-fight press conference–Robbie Lawler had his best attempt to stop the fight, but Brown made that task difficult to accomplish.
“I just wanted to go out there and look to stop him, and that’s what I tried to do. There was two winners in that cage tonight, he’s very impressive and put on a great performance tonight,” Lawler said.
“He’s a hell of an opponent, he took a lot of shots and I landed some big shots and he kept coming. Everything they said about that guy was true, he’s very tough.”
Brown suffered a broken hand late in the fight and as a result had to be transported to the hospital according to Dana White. But one thing that could not be questioned is the toughness of the 5th ranked welterweight, who continued to throw his injured right hand in the fifth round. And Dana White believes his stock rose as a result of this fight.
This was Robbie Lawler’s 3rd fight in 5 months—following up his title fight loss by defeating Jake Ellenberger and now Matt Brown, competing a total of 13 rounds in the Octagon over that time span. Lawler already knows his opponent for the next fight, a rematch against Johny Hendricks for the UFC welterweight title that narrowly escaped Lawler’s grasp in the final minutes of their first meeting at UFC 171. Only this time, Lawler believes he’s going to do more in the rematch to ensure that he comes out on the winning end.
“It’s very similar, big strong guys, guys who wanna beat you up. [Matt] Brown was really tough tonight, and I look forward to fighting Johny [Hendricks],” Lawler said. “I’m going to do a lot different, I’m going to keep building on everything I’ve been doing this year. But I’m going to do more, that’s what that fight came down to. I need to do more–more punches, more kicks, more takedown defense. I just need to take the fight to him.”
The date of the rematch has not been confirmed yet, but both Robbie Lawler and Dana White were open to a January 3rd, 2015 date–both telling Ariel Helwani on the FOX Sports 1 post-show.