Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos solidified his position in the welterweight division earlier tonight (Sat., Dec. 16, 2017) at UFC on FOX 26 from inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada, when he stalked down former 170-pound king Robbie Lawler and earned a lopsided unanimous decision win (50-45 across the board).
Both men landed early. Lawler did some good work in the beginning and the end of the first round, but the middle minutes were owned by RDA, who peppered “Ruthless” with countless knees in the clinch and hard leg kicks. Lawler came out blazing in Round 2 to make up for a bum lead leg and weathered dos Anjos early with ferocious right hands. RDA returned favor by unloading power shots on Lawler for a recorded 23-straight seconds. Lawler hung in tough, smiled after the barrage, and stalked dos Anjos for the remainder of the frame.
Dos Anjos scored an early takedown in Round 3, but Lawler fought hard for the fence and stood right back up. Lawler then pressured RDA along the cage with ripping body shots. The Brazilian rallied back by scoring some heavy ground-and-pound before the end of the round. Dos Anjos scored even more in Round 4 by controlling Lawler and pushing the pace along the cage.
In Round 5, Lawler’s lead leg really started to fade and dos Anjos was able to drag him to the canvas. Not much damage was done, but the control kept RDA ahead on the scorecards. In the end, dos Anjos was able to dictate where this fight took place and how it was fought, which led to his one-sided beatdown.
Check out the full fight video highlights above courtesy of UFC.
With this performance, RDA not only extends his welterweight win streak to three, but he essentially locks up a title fight next year against current champion Tyron Woodley. Despite his lightweight failures in 2016, dos Anjos looks like a stud at 170 pounds. He has handled each and every opponent the promotion has thrown his way, including the formidable Lawler, so maybe it’s time to reward his efforts.
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