According to a July 26 report from MMA Mania, perennial welterweight title contender, Robbie Lawler, turned in a tactical performance against Matt Brown in the main event of UFC on FOX 12, to earn a rematch with UFC welterweight champ Johny Hendricks. Lawler, 32, won five of his last six fights, including wins over Brown and Josh Koscheck. As for Brown, its back to the drawing board as he drops back down the welterweight ladder.
Lawler, who was coming off a huge win over Jake Ellenberger, earned another crack at Hendricks by pushing the pace throughout the five-round affair with Brown. It wasn't the all-time classic that many fans were hoping for, but Lawler and Brown turned in a high-level bout that UFC President Dana White could be proud about. Lawler earned the unanimous decision on the judges' scorecards, with scores of 49-46, 49-46, and 48-47.
Lawler ravaged Brown's body with hard kicks and punches, scoring big with over a dozen significant strikes. Brown won the second round, but he wasn't able to inflict much damage to Lawler. No word yet from the UFC, but Brown's loss could bump him into a possible fight against Hector Lombard or Jake Ellenberger. As for Lawler, he advances to a title fight with Hendricks. However, Hendricks is still on the mend.
The UFC hasn't yet announced when Hendricks will be ready for action, but the hope is that he could fight close to the end of the year or possibly in early-2015. Lawler and Hendricks turned in a Fight of the Night performance earlier this year at UFC 171, so the UFC won't mind booking them for a rematch. In that fight, Lawler and Hendricks duked it out for five rounds, and it wasn't until the final frame that the fight was truly decided.
Hendricks may have been down on the scorecards, but he sealed the win over Lawler by notching a takedown in the final minute. He then maintained top position to earn the title. Lawler would love a second chance at Hendricks, as he came close to getting the job done the first time around. UFC on FOX 12 also featured an exciting co-main, as Anthony Johnson needed just 44 seconds to finish Antônio Rogério Nogueira.
With the win, Johnson may have earned himself a title shot against the winner of Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier. Johnson is a legitimate top five contender, and he'll be in the mix for a title shot along with Alexander Gustafsson. The UFC hasn't yet announced when Johnson's next bout will be.