Justin Lawrence has plenty of pressure on him. After being the top pick of Dominick Cruz on The Ultimate Fighter: Live, Lawrence knows many are expecting him to reach the finals.
Last Friday night, Lawrence took a step in that direction, defeating Cristiano Marcello from Urijah Faber’s team to advance. However, despite the strong showing that resulted in a stoppage victory, Lawrence is not satisfied.
“It was a good win, but I kind of felt sloppy out there,” said Lawrence, in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “I’m ready to get back to the grind, back to the drawing board. I can’t celebrate too much. I’ll have one good night, eat some ribs and drink a couple sodas, but I’m back tomorrow and back to the drawing board.”
Lawrence, who entered the Octagon 13 years younger that Marcello, used his quick striking to take care of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. A thunderous left hand is what ended the first in the second round.
“Honestly, I thought in the second round he would for sure try to take me down,” Lawrence said. “The first round, I figured he was kind of overconfident and thought he would run through me. I’m the young kid in the house and this and that. But after I kind of pieced him up the first round, I figured he would come in and try and shoot on me.”
Lawrence currently holds a 3-0 professional record in MMA, and has won two exhibition bouts on TUF. He does have over 150 amateur bouts to his credit, and competed on the prelims of a Strikeforce event for his pro debut.