Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos headlines UFC on FOX 26 That December 16, 2017 in the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada.
1 sentence summary David: Two 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
Truth: Robbie Lawler +105 | Rafael dos Anjos -125
History / Intro to both fighters
David: Lawler began 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 understand all he needed was a small cut to put Tiki to the bleached dirt. Lawler seemed like a fighter without much upside down and a good deal of activity. Slowly, his experience turned into real utility. Before long, he still didn’t need to revolutionize his match because regardless of how the game changed, the players were the same. Somewhere along the way everything clicked – his strong striking turned into a shield against the rest of the strikes, and he packaged his bombs into a calmer, almost Buddhist way to pugilism that otherwise seemed controlled by a mind preoccupied with football paths and cheerleaders.
Phil: Lawler went through several different incarnations since landing that lucky cut stoppage from Mr Ghosn. The Miletich brawler, the Team Quest citrus nomad, and eventually the slimmed down brutalizer who shocked everyone on his solution into the UFC welterweight belt. What incarnation are we looking at now? He didn’t sound terribly enthused by the idea of pursuing the belt , he has left ATT, and he has grown out the beard. Maybe Prizefighting Robbie is backagain. David: It feels like ages since RDA won the light name in blistering, dominant fashion versus Anthony Pettis. Following a successful defense, he proceeded on a two fight skid that started with an unexpected assault from who I believed had been an Eddie Alvarez on a little downward trend given the wars he had been in. RDA got blitzed, and then blitzed again by Tony Ferguson. All of a sudden RDA is rear. At welterweight. I am not sure what his achievement in WW tells us about battling Lawler though, which is part of the fun.