Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos headlines UFC on FOX 26 this December 16, 2017 in the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada.
1 sentence outline David: Two fighters prepare for conflict rather than spoiling Star Wars on social media.
Phil: Robert Glenn Lawler takes on the guy 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 started his career as something of a proto-Mike Perry. He famously told Tiki Ghosn that after he”touched him with his hands”, it would be lights out. Little did Lawler understand all he had was a small cut to place Tiki to the bleached dirt. Lawler seemed like a fighter without a lot of upside and plenty of activity. Slowly, his expertise turned into real utility. Before long, he did not need to reevaluate his match because regardless of how the game shifted, the players had been exactly the same. Somewhere along the way everything clicked – his robust striking turned into a shield against the rest of the strikes, and he packaged his bombs for hands into a calmer, almost Buddhist approach to pugilism that differently seemed commanded by a mind preoccupied with football routes and cheerleaders.
Phil: Lawler went through a number different incarnations since landing that fortunate cut stoppage against Mr Ghosn. The Miletich brawler, the Team Quest citrus nomad, and eventually the slimmed down brutalizer who shocked everyone on his solution to the UFC welterweight belt. What incarnation are we looking at now? He did not sound terribly enthused by the idea of chasing the belt , he’s left ATT, and he’s grown out the blossom. Maybe Prizefighting Robbie is back. David: It seems like ages since RDA won the light title in blistering, dominant style versus Anthony Pettis. After a successful defense, he proceeded on a two fight skid that started with an unexpected assault from who I believed was an Eddie Alvarez on a little downward tendency given the wars he had been in. RDA got blitzed, then blitzed again by Tony Ferguson. All of a sudden RDA is rear. At welterweight. I’m not certain what his achievement at WW informs us about fighting Lawler though, which is part of the fun.
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