Matt Brown looks to produce one of the UFC’s most unlikely title runs when he battles former welterweight title challenger Robbie Lawler this weekend at UFC on FOX 12. The five-round main event battle in San Jose features two fighters with a proven history of producing Octagon violence. It’s simply a can’t miss, all-action clash.
“The Immortal” has made an improbable run up the 170-pound ladder with a current seven-fight win streak that came about after his Octagon tenure appeared to be in jeopardy. A submission loss against Seth Baczynski at UFC 139 left Brown with a mediocre record of 12-11. He’s risen to prominence ever since that setback by becoming one of the division’s most exciting performers.
His most recent effort was a TKO victory over Erick Silva at Fight Night 40 in what is a strong Fight of the Year candidate. Brown has produced a remarkable six finishes during this current string of success and has forged a reputation of being one of the most vicious closers in the sport. Of his 19 career victories, 17 have come by either knockout or submission. The gritty Brown has never been stopped via strikes in his career.
Lawler has made the most of his second go-round with the promotion by going 4-1. That lone setback came against Johny Hendricks in a thrilling bout for the vacant title at UFC 171. After five back-and-forth rounds it was “Bigg Rigg” emerging with the unanimous decision victory. “Ruthless” has been driven since that defeat to secure another title shot, and he can accomplish that goal with a victory against Brown.
Lawler’s latest Octagon appearance was a destructive third-round stoppage of Jake Ellenberger at UFC 173. It improved his record to 23-10 with one no-contest and marked his 19th career knockout. He’s recorded other victories in his second UFC stint against Rory MacDonald, Bobby Voelker and Josh Koscheck. Lawler is a brutally effective striker and has shown a strong ability to mix punches to both the head and body. The body attack could be a major point of emphasis against Brown.
This has the makings of producing a tremendous slugfest. Both Brown and Lawler are brutal finishers with aggressive styles who can also take a punch. The winner will definitely emerge as a real threat to Hendricks’ title reign when the champion is finally able to return after a lengthy absence due to a bicep injury.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports