Becoming a champion in the UFC is not something that happens by accident, it is not something that happens by a fluke. Becoming a champion in the UFC is something borne out of a lifetime of hard work and dedication to one’s craft as well as determination to relentlessly pursue the right to be called the best. Within that special group of athletes, it is fair to say that some champions are more revered than others. However, is there a champion in the UFC who is more underrated than the current UFC welterweight champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler?
The American Top Team fighter and 170 pound king Lawler is a 37 fight veteran of MMA with a record of 26 – 10 with 1 no contest. Throughout his career, Lawler has forged fan favourite status for himself due in large part to his all-action fighting style and his brutal knockout power. In fact, 20 of his 26 wins have come by way of knockout.
Since his return to the UFC in February 2013, Lawler has defeated fighters such as Josh Koscheck, Matt Brown, Johny Hendricks and Rory MacDonald twice in the process of racking up an 7 – 1 record and capturing the UFC welterweight title. However, throughout his second UFC run, it feels like Lawler is continuously underrated. For example, in how many of those 8 fights have the betting odds had Lawler as the favourite? The answer to that question is 3 – against Bobby Voelker, Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown. He has been the underdog in all three title fights he has fought for the promotion, despite the fact that one of those was against a man he had already beaten around 18 months prior to their meeting at UFC 189 in Rory MacDonald.
On Saturday night at UFC 195 Lawler looks to defend his title for the second time against Carlos Condit. Despite being installed as a slight favourite when the market opened for this fight, the odds have steadily drifted Condit’s way and, at the time of writing, Condit had just overtaken Lawler in the market. Therefore, should this stay the same, Lawler will have been the favourite going into only 3 of his last 9 fights. For a man who currently holds UFC gold, is ranked #6 in the pound for pound rankings and the manner in which he has performed in the past 2 years, that is a remarkable statistic.
Lawler has shown himself to be a dangerous opponent for anyone who can change an entire fight in just one punch (remember that fight with Melvin Manhoef in 2010?). Not only that, he is incredibly durable having only lost once by TKO, and that was back in 2004. Stylistically I can understand why some think Condit is a bad matchup for Lawler, but an opponent who wants to stand and strike is also a dream matchup for Lawler. I must admit, when asked for my prediction for this fight earlier in the week, I quickly picked the challenger. However, having thought more about the fight, I would not give the same answer if asked today.
While Lawler’s rise to become UFC champion was unexpected, thoughts of his continued success seem to be constantly disputed in spite of his performances. Should he leave UFC 195 with the welterweight title still around his waist, Lawler would surely have done enough to prove himself to even his harshest doubters. Despite being consistently underrated, Robbie Lawler has continued to produce inside the octagon when it matters most and he has no intention of stopping any time soon. As Lawler said in his post-fight interview following his Fight of the Year victory over Rory MacDonald at UFC 189: “I’m the champ. I’m here to stay.”
2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app
This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.
The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:
*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results
The UFC hosted their second event in the country of Poland, as UFC Gdsank took place at the Ergo Arena. The card was headlined by a welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till.
Cerrone (32-9) was coming off a close unanimous decision loss to former 170-pound champion Robbie Lawler in July. It was the only time in “Cowboy’s” MMA career that he had suffered consecutive losses.
Till (15-0-1) improved his undefeated record in September, defeating Bojan Veličković by unanimous decision. It was a case of old school vs. new school in this headliner, as the up and comer Till hoped to secure the biggest win of his career over Cerrone.
MAIN CARD – UFC Fight Pass – 8PM BST
- Donald Cerrone (32-9) vs. Darren Till (15-0-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 4:20
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-3) – Women’s strawweight bout
- Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jan Blachowicz (20-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-2) – Light heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Błachowicz def. Devin Clark via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 2 – 3:02
- Oskar Piechota (10-0) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
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