On Saturday, July 30th , Robbie Lawler will attempt to defend his belt for the third time against #4 ranked Tyron Woodley.
Lawler followed up his Fight of the Year KO of Rory Macdonald with another potential Fight of the Year candidate against Carlos Condit. While his next title defense will be against stiff competition, look for Lawler to continue his dominant run at welterweight with another stellar performance.
In preparation for his fight, lets look back at Lawler’s top 5 performances. Watch out for brutal head kicks, five-round wars, and one of my personal favorite celebrations of all time.
5. Josh Koscheck
Lawler’s return to the octagon came against former title-challenger Josh Koscheck. Lawler showed why he is deserving of the name “Ruthless” as he unleashed some of the most brutal ground and pound I have ever seen.
4. Bobby Voelker
Lawler’s second fight upon returning to the UFC saw him face heavy-handed Bobby Voelker. Lawler made it clear that his knockout of Koscheck was just an appetizer for things to come. As sweet as the KO of Voelker is, Lawler’s stoic and almost sociopathic celebration might have actually eclipsed it.
3. Johny Hendricks 2
Lawler made the most of his second shot at the welterweight belt in his December 2014 rematch against Johny Hendricks. Lawler showed his champion spirit in what would become a trademark of his: the 5 th round melee. Lawler would win a close split decision but it was undoubtedly his performance in the 5 th round that pushed him ahead of “Big Rig”.
2. Carlos Condit
At UFC 195, Lawler faced perhaps his toughest opponent to date: Carlos Condit. Here’s a disclaimer before I get into it. I do believe Condit did enough to win that fight but regardless of my opinion, Lawler’s “winning” performance still merits an appearance on our list. Once again it was Lawler’s 5th round assault that most likely won him the bout and certainly secured this as one of the best displays of martial spirit.
1. Rory Macdonald
Finally, Rory Macdonald. Macdonald was ahead on all three judges scorecards going into the 5th round. Lawler had been rocked and picked apart for the majority of the fight. At the end of the 4th as the whistle blew, the two combatants squared off in what has to be one of the greatest moments in MMA history.
In the end though Macdonald’s nose could not withstand Lawler’s left hand. This fight would easily make my top 5 all time fights and it’s easy to see why it won Fight of the Year.