Lawler is once again the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s top
contender at 170 pounds -- though, really, he never vacated the
In the four short months since his decision loss to champion
Hendricks, the “Ruthless” welterweight has already picked up a
pair of wins. The first was in May against Jake
Ellenberger, and the second came on July 26 against fellow
heavy-handed veteran Matt Brown.
Through five rounds with “The Immortal,” Lawler hit harder and
fought smarter, using counterstrikes and effective takedowns to end
Brown’s winning streak at seven. The unanimous decision puts Lawler
in place for another go with Hendricks, though the rematch will
likely have to wait until 2015, as the champion heals from bicep
and shin surgeries.
Another man who inserted himself into his division’s title picture
UFC on Fox 12 was light heavyweight Anthony
Johnson. “Rumble” looked like a force to be reckoned with in
his 44-second dismantling of Brazilian veteran Antonio
Rogerio Nogueira. Combined with his April win against Phil Davis,
Johnson has quickly become one to watch at 205 pounds, though UFC
President Dana White said after the bout that the Blackzilians
representative is still a win away from being a true contender.
Elsewhere, Bobby Green
makes his way into the lightweight top 10 with a short-notice
victory against former Strikeforce champion Josh
Thomson, and Dennis
Bermudez joins the ranks of the elite featherweights after
submitting Clay Guida
with a second-round rear-naked choke.