In the third bout on the UFC 173 pay-per-view main card, a match up between top five welterweights Robbie Lawler and Jake Ellenberger was set to go down. Lawler, who was just a few minutes away from being champion earlier this year, was hoping to earn a rematch with Johny Hendricks while Ellenberger wanted to prove he was also deserving of a title shot.
The bout was sure to provide fireworks between two of the toughest fighters in the world, so everyone was eager to see who would have their hand raised in victory.
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Round 1: Both fighters were showing respect for their opponent’s strengths out of the gate as they looked to find the distance and feel each other out. Lawler struck first with a big head kick and followed it up with another, as Ellenberger began to circle around the cage. Lawler was landing some big shots as Ellenberger played a strictly defensive game. Lawler continued to look for the high kick throughout the round as he used some impressive movement to stay out of danger from Ellenberger’s strikes. Lawler was clicking on all cylinders early while Ellenberger was still struggling to get his offense going. Ellenberger seemed more concerned with keeping his hands close for defense rather than unloading shots to punish Lawler. Lawler was looking sharp the first five minutes, but Ellenberger was able to start finding his rhythm more as the round came to a close. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Lawler
Round 2: Lawler landed an impressive flurry to start the second round, while Ellenberger was searching for a way to get the fight to the ground. Ellenberger was unable to close the distance, however, with Lawler showing impressive footwork and a stiff jab. Ellenberger eventually got Lawler in the clinch and took Lawler’s back standing, as he looked for a way to complete the takedown. Lawler circled away and Ellenberger throw a head kick as the two separated, but it failed to land. Lawler was stalking Ellenberger and landing his shots at will. Ellenberger landed a takedown midway through the round, but Lawler was laughing and got back to his feet. Lawler landed a huge knee to Ellenberger’s body that caused Ellenberger to turtle up. Lawler spun to Ellenberger’s back, before Ellenberger made his way back to his feet. Ellenberger did land another takedown with under a minute to go, but he was unable to do any damage or hold Lawler down. It was a better round for Ellenberger, but Lawler was still landing the more significant shots and having his way in the fight. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Lawler (20-18, Lawler)
Round 3: Lawler had some swelling under his left eye and the two men both started winging wild shots. Ellenberger landed a few of his shots that staggered Lawler, but Lawler continued to press forward in a wild start to the third round. Ellenberger seemed to wince in pain like there was something wrong with his right hand and he was not throwing the hand as loosely as he was at the beginning of the round. Lawler was able to find his rhythm again after a slow start to the round, before landing a huge knee that sent Ellenberger crumbling to the mat before the fight was called by referee Herb Dean. It was another impressive performance by Lawler and could earn him another shot at the title.
Official Results: Robbie Lawler def. Jake Ellenberger via TKO (strikes) — Round 3 (2:06)
Below are the current UFC 173 results:
- Robbie Lawler def. Jake Ellenberger via TKO (strikes) — Round 3 (2:06)
- Takeya Mizugaki def. Francisco Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- James Krause def. Jamie Varner via TKO (doctor stoppage) — Round 1 (5:00)
- Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
- Tony Ferguson def. Katsunori Kikuno via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 4:06
- Chris Holdsworth def. Chico Camus via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Mitch Clarke def. Al Iaquinta via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 2, 0:57
- Vinc Pichel def. Anthony Njokuani via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Sam Sicilia def. Aaron Phillips via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Jingliang Li def. David Michaud via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)