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UFC 173: Robbie Lawler Vs. Jake Ellenberger

ufc 173

Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Ellenberger

Welterweights are next, as Robbie Lawler meets Jake Ellenberger.

Lawler (22-10) had his three-bout win streak snapped by Johny Hendricks in March over the vacant UFC welterweight title. This is his second stint with the UFC, as “Ruthless” also fought for the promotion from 2002-04.

Ellenberger (29-7) is competing for the first time since a loss last July to Rory MacDonald. He had won two straight prior to that and is 8-2 overall in his last 10.

Round 1: No touch of gloves from these two to start and a lot of prancing around, testing the distance. We’ve got head kicks to start from Lawler, as Ellenberger is blocking, but they are still doing damage. Ellenberger runs right into a left jab, and he has yet to throw any significant offensive strikes. Ellenberger is short on his rights, missing with a jab and an uppercut. Hard right lands from Lawler, who has busted up the nose of Ellenberger.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawler

Round 2: Lawler gets in close and lands a knee to the chin, defending a takedown and hitting the body with more shots. Good combo from Lawler, who is stalking Ellenberger, who appears leery of the offense from the former contender. Left hand from Lawler lands and he continues to attack without any resistance from Ellenberger. With two minutes to go, Ellenberger scores a takedown and Lawler just laughs, rolling off him as he tries to improve his position. Knee lands that drops Ellenberger and Lawler is in a strong position, hammering huge left hands to the head. He spins to the back and Ellenberger curls up, Another spin to the front and Lawler is teeing off. Ellenberger gets to his feet, but eats another knee and is firing back. Ellenberger with another takedown, and again, Lawler laughs and stands.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawler

Round 3: We’ve got a war, as Ellenberger connects and they tee off on each other. Lawler recovers and fires off a huge knee and Ellenberger is holding his right hand very close to his body, signalling a possible injury. Lawler senses a change and is picking him apart now, as Ellenberger can’t throw his right. He throws his right hand for the first time in a couple minutes, following it up after a kick to the body. Lawler cutting off the cage and doing damage. Huge knee lands to the face and Lawler pounces, forcing the ref to step in.

Robbie Lawler def. Jake Ellenberger via TKO (strikes) at 3:06 of Round 3