Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown at UFC on Fox 12
Two heavy-handed, strong-chinned, technical strikers who have no issues with throwing technique out the window in favor of a fan-friendly brawl—that's what Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown were poised to deliver in their No. 1 contender bout.
It's not everyday that highly anticipated fights materialize into the sort of competition we'd all originally pictured in our heads at first glance, but this one did.
A fairly one-sided bout in favor of Lawler's expected dominance wasn't necessarily as boring as one may have assumed it would be. Brown held his own inside the Octagon, regardless of how many rounds the judges saw him lose.
In spite of a seven-fight winning streak against formidable opponents, The Immortal walked into the cage to prove himself a viable contender in this division. Even in a losing effort, Brown successfully pushed his name further up the welterweight ladder.
Meanwhile, Lawler once again proved himself as the top challenger to Johny Hendricks' crown. With Lawler as motivated as ever with vengeance on his mind and Hendricks looking to be healthier this time around, the rematch is poised to be listed amongst Lawler's last two fights as potential fight-of-the-year candidates.
Kristian Ibarra is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. He also serves as the sports editor at San Diego State University's student-run newspaper, The Daily Aztec. Follow him on Twitter at @Kristian_Ibarra for all things MMA.