MMA Knockout of the Day: Robbie Lawler Stops His Own Beating with KO Victory

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IMay 24, 2011

Strikeforce: Miami and a fight to be remembered between Strikeforce middleweights, Robbie Lawler and Melvin Manhoef.

In January of 2010, these two fighters squared off, and on a card featuring two title fights (Men's welterweight and Women's featherweight title bouts) and fighters like Nick Diaz and Herschel Walker, they stole the show that night.

Lawler was only a fight removed from defending his EliteXC middleweight belt, but Manhoef controlled the fight and was taking Lawler's lead leg out. Manhoef was dialed in and just taking complete control of the fight with his striking.

In one second though, the fight dramatically changed in favor of Lawler. Lawler landed a nice punch to Manhoef's dome, and that was it. One punch, one button and one fighter on the ground seeing stars and watching birds.

Lawler limped over to his corner, a sign of the damage Manhoef did and makes this victory all the more impressive.

Since this fight, Lawler has gone 1-2 with his losses coming against Renato Sobral and Ronaldo Souza. His only win came against Matt Lindland.

Manhoef has lost his last two fights since this incredible knockout and is on a three-fight losing streak. His other two losses came against Tatsuya Mizuno and Tim Kennedy.