UFC President Dana White recently spoke with UFC.com about the winner of Matt Brown vs Robbie Lawler at UFC on FOX 12 on July 26 in San Jose will face UFC Welterweight Champion Johnny Hendricks.
“We got Robbie Lawler who just came off a controversial loss to the champion, and number one (Lawler) is facing number five (Brown). Robbie just beat the number five and number six guys in his wins, right? And he was in a controversial fight with the champ, so he deserves this fight. If Matt Brown beats Robbie Lawler then he just beat the number one contender and he gets the fight.”
Robbie Lawler (22-10) has 18 knockouts, 1 submission and 3 decision victories while he has been knocked out once, submitted five times and lost by decision four times. Prior to joinning the UFC once again, he in his two fights prior while fighting in Strikeforce, he beat Adlan Amagov via TKO at Strikeforce – Rockhold vs. Jardine on Jan / 07 / 2012. He then beat Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision at Strikeforce – Rockhold vs. Kennedy on Jul / 14 / 2012. He made his UFC return against Josh Koscheck which he won via TKO at UFC 157 – Rousey vs. Carmouche on Feb / 23 / 2013, then beat Bobby Voelker via KO at UFC on Fox 8 – Johnson vs. Moraga on Jul / 27 / 2013 and then Rory MacDonald via split decision at UFC 167 – St. Pierre vs. Hendricks on Nov / 16 / 2013. He lost against Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision at UFC 171 – Hendricks vs. Lawler on Mar / 15 / 2014 for the Welterweight title. He is coming off a win over Jake Ellenberger at UFC 173.
“Two guys – two nasty, mean, vicious, nasty guys who love to bang – in their prime, number one and number five, banging it out for the chance to fight for the title. I love it. It’s the best fight we could have made, and thank God Lawler is such a stud he’ll turn around so fast and take this fight. Those are the kind of guys I love to watch fight, and I know those are the kinds of guys fans love to watch fight. That’s why everyone is so pumped about this fight because it’s two guys with the same style, two guys with the same mentality, and two absolute total bad asses. I love it.”
Brown has 19-11 MMA record. He has 12 by KO, 5 by Submission and 2 coming by decision. However, he has lost 9 fights by submission and has never been knocked out. He is currently on a seven fight winning streak with wins over Chris Cope via TKO back in February of 2012, a unanimous decision over Stephen Thompson at UFC 145 in April of 2012. In the summer of 2012 he beat Luis Ramos via TKO in the second round. He finished 2012 on a very positive note with a knockout win over Mike Swick in the second round. In April of 2013 he beat Jordan Mein in the 2nd round with a TKO victory and the finally when he fought last against Mike Pyle he made short work of him by knocking him out in 29 seconds in the first round.
UFC on FOX 12 takes place July 26 at SAP Center in San Jose. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.