Rafael dos Anjos Unloads Longest Combo In UFC History In Battle With Robbie Lawler
The main event at UFC on Fox 26 saw top welterweights Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos clash in a battle that would have implications for the entire division.
With Lawler ranked 2nd and dos Anjos ranked 4th in the welterweight standings, the winner would be able to push their claim for a title shot soon.
After losing his crown in devastating fashion to Tyron Woodley at UFC 201, Lawler has pulled back with regards to the number of appearances he makes.
Since that loss in July of last year, we’d only seen the former champ inside the Octagon once, in an epic back-and-forth brawl with fellow fan favourite, Donald Cerrone.
His opponent, the incredibly tough dos Anjos, made a positive start to his new life as a welterweight: after beating Tarec Saffiedine by unanimous decision, the Brazilian went on to ruin Neil Magny with an arm-triangle choke at UFC 215 in an effort that saw him win a Performance of the Night bonus.
Coming into this one with, dos Anjos said he was over the moon to be a welterweight.
“I can live. I can eat normal. I don’t have to have that feeling after having my meal of still being hungry. Now, if I feel hungry I can eat again if I want…Before, 70 to 80 percent of my camp was focused on losing weight and being stressed out about making weight.
Dos Anjos still needs to cut a bit of weight in order to make 170 pounds but it’s nothing like the gruelling battle that he used to endure in order to make 155.
“I still have to cut some weight, but it’s way easier. I can have a normal life, I can enjoy my life and my training and put a hundred percent of the work into my technique and training and not just losing weight and being stressed out.”
The bookies found it hard to decide who would win the showdown and installed dos Anjos as the slightest of favourites at $1.85 while Lawler was an oh-so-slight outsider at $1.95.Error, group does not exist! Check your syntax! (ID: 23)
The first round was relatively close, but some good clinch work and knees to the body from RDA was enough to edge himself ahead on the scoreboards.
In the second and third rounds, RDA managed to land takedowns as well as a brutal record combo flurry on the fence which Lawler survived. Checkout the insane combo here:
In the last two rounds, Lawler was unable to put weight on his left foot, making it very difficult for him to compete, often leaning on the fence to look for a counter.
RDA was too strong in the end, winning the fight 50-45 to become the next contender at welterweight.
Some highlights of the fight here:
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