Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight No. 1 contender, Robbie Lawler, defeated Matt Brown by way of unanimous decision following their five-round war in the main event of UFC on FOX 12 (full results here), which took place last Saturday night (July 26, 2014) inside SAP Center in San Jose, California.
John Hendricks is probably not concerned.
That's because the Lawler who defeated Brown didn't look much different from the one who dropped a close decision to Hendricks in the UFC 171 main event last March in Dallas, Texas. "Ruthless" was the superior striker in both contests, leaving his opponents with a crimson mask, but was unable to find the finish.
And as we learned in "The Lone Star State," you can't decision the champion.
Hendricks is also a better wrestler than the "Immortal" one and watching Lawler's performance in San Jose -- exciting and commendable, no question -- I find myself wondering what he plans to do differently in his "Bigg Rigg" rematch. Will there be a sense of urgency the second time around?
I didn't see it against Brown.
Lawler took a coffee break in the second stanza and seemed content to just bob and weave for a full five minutes. He also didn't get his kicking game going until the second half of the fight. It can be frustrating, as a "Ruthless" fan, to watch him control the stand up and not do much with it.
Against a fighter like Jake Ellenberger, who folded up like a cheap lawn chair, the finish came easy.
But against rugged, never-say-die veterans like Hendricks and Brown, killer instinct is not enough. It takes blood lust, something that cost him the fifth round at UFC 171. After his loss in Dallas, Lawler said he should have dug in and went for it (like Brown just did in defeat). Will he now that he gets an unofficial sixth round later this year?
It's too early to tell, but "Bigg Rigg" doesn't appear to be in big trouble if he gets more of the same.
Time will tell.
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