Robbie Lawler vs Bobby Voelker: UFC on FOX 8 'Fight of the Night' early pick


Two welterweight sluggers, Robbie Lawler and Bobby Voelker, will meet at UFC on FOX 8 tonight (Sat., July 27, 2013), with the former looking to score his second straight win and the latter coming off a hotly contested decision loss. Both, however, will likely combine for FIREWORKS.

UFC on FOX: "Johnson vs. Moraga," which takes place tonight (Sat., July 27, 2013) from KeyArena Seattle, Wash., is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fight card littered with interesting fights. However, the second bout of the main card -- a Welterweight scrap between Robbie Lawler and Bobby Voelker -- is unlikely to disappoint.

When it comes to welterweights who can swing heavy leather, Lawler and Voelker are two men who can do it better than most in the division. In 44 combined professional wins, the pair has won 32 fights via knockout, underscoring the reality that these men bring the heat every outing.

Let's not pretend that this fight will be a technical masterpiece because these two fighters are the type to tuck their chins and go to battle for to the delight of the big audience on FOX. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) scheduled Lawler for this card because it is well aware of his big fight potential. And even though his original opponent, Siyar Bahadurzada, could not make it to the card because of an injury, Voelker is a fighter who can provide just as good of a slugfest.

Lawler has made his name with tremendous power and the ability to unleash it at any time. He can take shots from the best of them, and even when it seems he's completely done for, he can come back in a huge way. That's exactly what he did most notably in his rollicking affair with Melvin Manhoef, which saw him knockout Manhoef in brutal fashion after taking a barrage of destructive leg kicks.

In addition, "Ruthless" is the type of fighter who has been around long enough to know how to fight in all phases of MMA, but he tends to prefer to just slug it out at striking range. His wrestling is average despite years of training with top wrestlers, and his ground game is effective enough to keep him out of danger while still doing damage.

Voelker, a massive welterweight, shares a big similarity with Lawler in that he is a tremendously powerful fighter. He stands at six feet tall and his frame is filled in completely, meaning that he can put a ton of pop on his punches. Voelker's approach is to push his opponent harder than he can push back, and that means he's more than willing to shrug off a few big strikes along the way.

There haven't been too many times that Voelker has ever looked dazed, but even if he does get clocked, he just keeps on moving, puts his hands a little higher and tries to punish his opponents for their efforts. He's no stranger to big brawls, and he will look to do damage from anywhere the fight takes place. His wrestling and grappling, while fairly stiff at times, are more than effective at getting him into positions where he can drop some hurt on his opponent.

This bout was not scheduled for any other reason other than to provide an entertaining fight for the fans. Rankings and match-making wise, this fight -- and even the original incarnation -- didn't make much sense, but UFC scheduled it in the hopes that the FOX audience would be wowed by two pugilists who won't back down.

Ultimately, that's what this fight should come down to, and I wouldn't expect any less from Robbie Lawler vs. Bobby Voelker and a UFC on Fox 8 "Fight of the Night"-winning performance.

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