A potential Fight of the Year in the making, UFC’s president, Dana White, announced earlier today that welterweight contenders Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown will butt heads for a shot at the welterweight championship. Lawler spent last weekend dismantling a ranked Jake Ellenberger, while Matt Brown is two weeks removed from giving the young Erick Silva a shellacking he will never forget. The Lawler versus Brown fight will take place July 26 in San Jose, California on FOX. The card itself will hold up its own weight with fighters like Anthony Johnson, Clay Guida, and Josh Thomson all having their own bouts on the July 26 card. The UFC will be staying in the state of California the following weekend as well, where Jose Aldo will defend his featherweight title against California’s own Chad “Money” Mendes.
The recent announcement made earlier might have caused quite a stir in the welterweight division. There are a few match ups out there in the coming weeks that may have warranted a UFC title shot as well, if the performance factor was there. Rory MacDonald is scheduled to take on Tyrone Woodley June 14, a match up that has the second ranked welterweight matching up with the third, a highly ranked bout like that usually has title ramifications written all over it. There should not be much of a surprise if either fighter have a difference in opinion on what fight should be for the UFC welterweight title.
Robbie Lawler is only one fight removed from losing his lone welterweight title shot to Johny Hendricks, a fight that will almost certainly go down as an instant classic among title fights. Before the loss to Hendricks, Lawler had won three straight in making his return back to the UFC, including a split decision victory over the #2 ranked Rory MacDonald back in November. A fight scheduled this soon for “Ruthless” Robbie was not expected, Dana White had informed the media about a brief discussion he had with the fighter after his victory last Saturday, stating the fighter told him that he had not seen his kids for almost six weeks. Lawler has fought three times in seven months, there must be no rest for the wicked when chasing the gold.
Matt Brown is an amazing success story and was on the brink of being cut from the organization back in 2010. Brown has now won seven straight fights in a row, while forcing his way into title contention. Brown may have the streak and the momentum, but he has never fought anyone of Lawler’s caliber in the division. Robbie’s unorthodox striking, combined with a flux of low and high kicks seemed like a riddle Jake Ellenberger could not figure out last Saturday, and something Brown will have to account for in the UFC welterweight title eliminator July 28.
This fight is a dream come true for anyone who likes a good old fashioned scrap inside the cage. Neither of the fighters are known to shy away from exchanges, nor take the fight down to the mat. After setting up a potential Fight of the year candidate, it is almost predictable to visualize Dana White sporting a non removable grin on his face the rest of the night. Sleep well UFC fans, the welterweight title fight between Brown and Lawler is just part of an action packed summer full of monumental match ups.
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