Round 1 – Brown out quickly, but Lawler stands firm and counters. Brown thinks takedown, but Lawler shrugs him off. Brown moving well early, but Lawler looks ridiculously confident as he bounces and looks to uncork power shots. Brown with a left hand. Lawler ths him with a counter. Good shots from both. Brown gets inside. He scores with a few elbows and drives Lawler to the canvas. He’s controlling the neck and keeping Lawler on the floor. Lawler stays patient and works up to his feet. He presses Brown to the fence and lands inside. Brown bleeding a little bit from the left eye. Brown gets another series of elbows inside as they battle in the clinch. Lawler pressing in from the outside. He lands a left hand that wobbles Brown. He goes to the body. Final minute. Brown is hurt, but he’s still battling. Lawler with a knee to the bdoy. Brown misses on a spinning strike, and Lawler counters perfectly. Lawler with the momentum. Brown kicks the body. Round ends. It was a good start, but MMAjunkie gives it to Lawler, 10-9.
Round 2 – Lawler with an early left hand. Brown darting in and out of range. He’s moving well, but Lawler is tracking him down as he stays tight in the pocket. Brown has a high kick blocked. He goes to the body. Brown staying busy. Brown drives in on a takedown. Lawler doesn’t want to be there, so he stands. He briefly exposes his back, but Brown can’t get hooks in. Lawler being patient, but maybe a little too much so. Brown with a spinning kick to the body and then unloads a flurry of punches that partially connect. Lawler moves and rests, but Brown keeps the pressure high. Lawler slips a spinning strike but fails to counter. Brown starting to gain some momentum. Lawler with a left hand, and he scores a kick to the body. Round ends, and MMAjunkie gives it to Brown, 10-9.
Round 3 – Brown goes quickly to his wrestling. He gets the takedown, but Lawler gets right back to his feet. Lawler with a few elbows as he defends before pulling away. Brown pumping a jab, but Lawler lands a firm kick to the body. They trade punches, but Lawler gets the best of it. Brown comes right back with a right hand. Good stuff from both men. Brown mobile again, and he gets in and out of range with his offense. Lawler is compact and lookin got land those big lefts. Lawler goes to the body with a kick, but Brown says it’s low. It didn’t look to be, but he still gets a timeout. On the restart, Brown wants a takedown. Doesn’t get it. Lawler looks fierce, but Brown taking everything he’s given right now. One minute left. Brown glances at the clock. Lawler with a sneaky high kick that partially connects. He’s adding up points. Might end up going back to the body. Round ends, and MMAjunkie gives it to Lawler, 10-9.
Round 4 – Brown rushes out quickly, but Lawler looks like he’s ready to get this done. Brown slips on a high kick, and Lawler is quickly on top. Brown works to half-guard, as Lawler looks to find room to work. Brown tries to work into a guillotine, but it’s not there. Lawler hasn’t really had much offense from top position. Brown works to his knees and then his feet, but Lawler is behind him, locks the body and drags him to the floor. Brown gets up again, and he kicks Lawler to get some space to come free. They reset in the center. Brown bleeding from the ear. Lawler getting the best of the exchanges. The lead hook is on point for Lawler. Kick to the body for Lawler. He’s really in control of the flow.Brown mixed in a few low kicks, but it’s Lawler’s power punches doing the damage. Round ends on the feet, and MMAjunkie gives it again to Lawler, 10-9.
Round 5 – Brown has to get some tape cut from his wraps before we start. He walks forward when we do, and the two start trading bombs in the center. Brown having some success, but Lawler getting the best of it. Still, Brown won’t back down, and he drives in a few short elbows. Blood trickling down Brown’s face again. He does score with a few short punches, but he needs much more. Brown with a knee inside. Lawler with technical work, but here comes that gritty work from Brown. He scores with a flurry of punches. Brown getting some momentume, but Lawler seizes it back with a big shot to the body. Rihgt hand for Brown. Back and forth as time winds down. Brown just misses on a big elbow. He takes a look at the screen and sees 90 seconds left. Big left hand from Lawler. Crowd on their feet as both men looking for the finish. Lawler stalking in the final minute. Brown gave it a shot, but he’s going to come upm short. Still, he’ won’t quit. Brown slips, and Lawler kicks him as he tries to rise. Big flurry to finish. Fun fight. MMAjunkie gives the final round to Lawler based on the late work, 10-9, and awards him the fight, 49-46.
Result: Robbie Lawler def. Matt Brown via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)