Askren came out and immediately shot in, but Lawler ended up slamming “Funky” to the mat. From there, Lawler battered Askren with shots from above, which bloodied the former Bellator and ONE champ.
Askren worked his way out of trouble and ended up taking Lawler down. As the latter tried to get up, Askren sunk in a bulldog choke on the rugged welterweight. Lawler’s arm momentarily appeared to go limp, and referee Herb Dean stopped the fight, but “Ruthless” was clearly conscious as he proceeded to protest the stoppage.
Here are the results so far for UFC 235.
Ben Askren def. Robbie Lawler via submission (bulldog choke) R1 3:20
Weili Zhang def. Tecia Torres via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Pedro Munhoz def. Cody Garbrandt via KO (punches) R1, 4:52
Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Johnny Walker def. Misha Cirkunov via KO (flying knee) R1, 0:36 k
Cody Stamann def. Alejandro Perez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Diego Sanchez def. Mickey Gall via TKO (punches) R2, 4:13
Edmen Shahbazyan def. Charles Byrd via TKO (elbows, punches) R1, 0:38
Macy Chiasson def. Gina Mazany via TKO (punches) R1, 1:49
Hannah Cifers def. Polyana Viana via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)