Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos News UFC on FOX 26 this December 16, 2017 at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada.
1 sentence summary David: 2 fighters prepare for battle instead of spoiling Star Wars on social networking.
Phil: Robert Glenn Lawler takes on the man of those angels.
Record: Robbie Lawler 28-11-1 NC | Rafael dos Anjos 27-9
Odds: Robbie Lawler +105 | Rafael dos Anjos -125
History / Intro to both fighters
David: Lawler started his career as something of a proto-Mike Perry. He famously told Tiki Ghosn that once he”touched him with his hands”, it would be lights out. Little did Lawler know all he had was a little cut to place Tiki into the bleached dirt. Lawler seemed like a fighter without a lot of upside and plenty of action. Slowly, his experience turned into real utility. Before long, he still did not have to revolutionize his game because regardless of how the game shifted, the players were the same. Somewhere along the way everything clicked – his robust striking turned into a shield against all other attacks, and he packed his bombs for hands into a calmer, almost Buddhist approach to pugilism that differently seemed controlled by a mind preoccupied with football routes and cheerleaders.
Phil: Lawler went through several different incarnations since landing that fortunate cut stoppage against Mr Ghosn. The Miletich brawler, the Team Quest citrus nomad, and eventually the slimmed down brutalizer who stunned everyone on his way to the UFC welterweight belt. What incarnation are we looking at today? He did not sound terribly enthused by the thought of chasing the belt , he has left ATT, and he has grown out the blossom. Maybe Prizefighting Robbie is back. David: It feels like ages since RDA won the mild name in blistering, dominant style vs Anthony Pettis. After a successful defense, he proceeded on a two fight skid that started with an unexpected assault from who I believed was an Eddie Alvarez on a minor downward trend given the wars he’d been in. RDA got blitzed, and then blitzed again by Tony Ferguson. All of a sudden RDA is rear. At welterweight. I am not certain what his achievement in WW tells us about battling Lawler though, which is part of the pleasure.