Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald will square off tonight in a pivotal battle at Welterweight. Both men are in the top 10 and are looking to inch closer to a title shot. Lawler is coming off two incredible KO victories over Josh Koscheck and Bobby Voelker. Few gave Lawler a chance in the fight against Koscheck because of Kos’s wrestling credentials. Similarly, tonight, Robbie is a large underdog to Rory MacDonald. MacDonald is coming off a weak performance, but a victory, over Jake Ellenberger. Many people had high hopes for that fight, but it simply fell short. Hopefully, this fight will live up to the excitement.
Round 1: Hard leg kick by Robbie, and another. Leg kicks by Robbie, and then misses a head kick. Front kick just misses for Robbie. Head kick by Rory misses. Rory with a nice front kick that Robbie counters. Step in elbow for Rory as Robbie lands a leg kick. Rory misses a push kick, and nails a head kick that is blocked. Another outside leg kick from Robbie. They exchange kicks. Robbie blocks another head kick from Rory and lands another outside leg kick. Rory has not checked any kicks. Robbie goes high, but misses. Push kick for Rory followed up by a jab. Uppercut for Robbie but misses the overhand right. Axe kick for Rory misses. Jab and headkick for Rory. Rory with another front kick to the body. Outside leg kick by Robbie and he is pushing forward. Rory’s striking defense is beautiful to watch. Rory misses a left hook. Jab for Rory and a front kick. Head kick by robbie is caught by Rory, but Robbie lands two or three nice uppercuts. Great end to the round for Robbie. 10-9 Robbie Lawler for more effective striking.
Round 2: Robbie begins with another leg kick. Robbie stuffs the takedown and nails Rory with some hooks. Front kick misses for Rory. Straight left for Rory. Head kick from Rory, but Lawler keeps pushing forward. Nice straight right by both men. Rory lands another head kick. Big elbow by Rory. Hard kick by Robbie and misses two uppercuts. Jab to the body by Rory. Two hooks land for Robbie. Another jab to the body for Rory. Outside leg kick for Robbie. Nice 1-2 from Rory and a head kick. Rory is putting combinations together. Rory is mixing up punches to the body and the head, and gets a big takedown with two minutes to go. Rory does nothing as Robbie scrambles. Rory has Robbie on his hands and knees with an underhook under his head and right knee. Robbie landed some hard shots from the bottom. Rory is looking for an arm triangle and then unloads with vicious elbows to end the round. 10-9 Rory MacDonald for the takedown, ground and pound, and precise striking.
Round 3: Robbie Lawler tags Rory to start the round. Robbie goes for a step in knee, but gets taken down. Rory was absolutely hurt, but is now on top. Mario Yamasaki stands them up because Rory is not doing anything. Robbie with a big right hooks and Rory with another takedown. Robbie with a beautiful sweep and flips Rory over. Robbie is throwing huge bombs and Rory is busted up. Rory with two nice straight hands. Big elbow from Rory and Robbie nails him with a counter right.Eye poke stops the action momentarily. Rory goes for the takedown, but fantastic defense by Robbie. Big right hook from Rory and Robbie is swarming. Rory is somehow surviving, but Robbie is in side control and landing some powerful ground and pound. Rory is still hurting on the bottom and Robbie is smothering him. Big left hammerfist by Robbie. Robbie with great top control on Rory. Rory throws up the armbar, but can’t get it. They stand up and Robbie is swinging for the fences. Rory with a big takedown. Rory is landing some heavy ground and pound and almost finished Robbie as time runs out. 10-9 Robbie Lawler for almost finishing the fight. What a fight!
Official Decision: Robbie Lawler defeats Rory MacDonald by Split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)