Two of the UFC’s most destructive welterweights will collide in what shapes up as a sensational main event for the UFC on FOX 12 card on July 26. The card in San Jose will be headlined by a high-stakes matchup between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown. UFC President Dana White made the announcement and indicated that the winner of this potentially explosive five-round clash will be next in line for a title shot.
The No. 1 ranked Lawler rebounded from his decision loss to Johny Hendricks in their thrilling title fight at UFC 171 by dominating Jake Ellenberger this past weekend at UFC 173 in Las Vegas. He showcased the type of skills that make him a serious title threat by punishing and eventually finishing “The Juggernaut” in the third round. Lawler rebounded in emphatic fashion from the disappointment of the Hendricks loss.
“Ruthless” has registered 19 knockouts in 23 career victories and has looked terrific in his second UFC stint by registering a 4-1 record. That includes a major victory over Rory MacDonald at UFC 167. Three of those wins have come inside the distance. Lawler has made his intentions known that he wants another crack at “Bigg Rigg” and can earn it if he can get by the dangerous Brown.
Brown has reeled off seven consecutive wins including six stoppages. His most recent effort was a blistering third round finish of Erick Silva in their instant classic at Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati. The Ohio native survived an early scare in the opening round before rallying to dominate and punish the game Brazilian until the contest was finally halted. Like Lawler, Brown has had a remarkable career resurgence in the last couple of years, and he can earn his title opportunity with one more win. The No. 5 ranked Brown has 17 finishes by knockout or submission in 19 career victories.
This truly is as good as it gets when it comes to a potentially crowd-pleasing slugfest. Both fighters are proven finishers with aggressive, violent styles. They also possess tremendous chins. It has the makings of being an epic clash in San Jose with either Lawler or Brown emerging as a dangerous test for Hendricks when the champion is ready to return.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports