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NSAC Head: Robbie Lawler ‘Was Clearly Out’

Saturday night’s UFC 235 event from Las Vegas, Nevada was a pretty solid event, but it wasn’t without its fair share of controversy. The main event saw light heavyweight champion Jon Jones almost DQ himself with a big knee to the face of his grounded opponent. And just a few fights prior, Ben Askren pulled off a big comeback win against Robbie Lawler … with the help of referee Herb Dean.

Askren had caught Lawler in a bulldog choke up against the cage, and Dean called the fight after Lawler’s arm seemed to go limp implying he was unconscious. But a closer look at the replays make the whole thing a lot more questionable. And of course you had Lawler vehemently denying he was anywhere near being choked out at the time of the stoppage.

Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett joined the post-fight press conference event to discuss the incident and how he thought Dean performed. And while Dana White didn’t hesitate to call it a bad stoppage, Bennett shared a different opinion.

”In this particular question with the bulldog choke on Robbie, you could see it right in front of us that when Herb picked up his hand, his hand just dropped,” Bennett said. “It just dropped, which would be indicative of him being out. And then [Dean] went ahead and grabbed his hand again and it came up a little and it moved ever so slightly. There was no doubt in our mind that he was out.”

”You can argue, if you’ve ever been choked out or knocked out, there’s times where you know you’ve been choked or knocked out, and there’s times where you say ‘What the hell happened?’ I was never a professional fighter, but I’ve had it happen to me. Cuz someone asked me that tonight and I thought it was kinda freakin’ inappropriate. So I’ll bring that to the table right now.”

”With the Nevada State Athletic Commission, our number one priority is the health and safety of the fighter,” Bennett continued. “In our pre-brief fights, I specifically instruct the referees to make sure we stop the fight one punch or one kick sooner than later. In the interest of the health and safety of the fighter, Robbie’s a phenomenal warrior, he’s been in the business for a long time. He was clearly out.”

Bennett praised Lawler’s professionalism in the face of the decision, but doubled down on the stoppage as legit.

”I can tell you right now as the executive director and on behalf of the commission, no one had a problem with that.”

That illegal Jon Jones knee to Anthony Smith’s face in the main event also came up, but mainly in the context of how instant replay applied and why Herb Dean decided to take two points for the incident.

”Herb thought that was an intentional foul,” Bennett said. “He believed that Jones had several techniques that were borderline, they weren’t any fouls but he was throwing some kicks and knees that were very close. And when that knee hit him in the head, Herb Dean thought it was intentional and called it intentional. Mr. Smith was able to continue and thus Herb took a mandatory 2 point deduction or could have DQ’d him.”

As for those who feel like Smith wasn’t technically a grounded opponent under the new Unified Rules, you’ll just have to keep arguing it amongst yourselves without Bob Bennett’s input.

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Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler Targeted for UFC 233 in Anaheim on Jan. 26

Ben Askren’s Octagon debut is nearly finalized, as the promotion is targeting a matchup with Robbie Lawler at UFC 233.
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Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler Targeted for UFC 233 in Anaheim on Jan. 26

Ben Askren’s Octagon debut is nearly finalized, as the promotion is targeting a matchup with Robbie Lawler at UFC 233.
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Stephen Thompson Still Wants To Fight Robbie Lawler But ‘Ball Is Now In His Court’

Two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson reiterates he is still keen on a fight with former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler despite talks taking longer than expected.
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Stephen Thompson Eyeing Fight With Robbie Lawler Early Next Year

Fans will have to wait to see the next title fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight division after the champ Tyron Woodley was forced to withdraw from his fight with Colby Covington due to a thumb injury he suffered in his win over Darren Till. However, there could be another high profile welterweight bout joining them in early 2019 between former champion and knockout artist Robbie Lawler and two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson.
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‘Wonderboy’ Wants A Piece Of ‘Ruthless’ Robbie

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight No. 1 contender, Stephen Thompson, has been eliminated from the 170-pound title chase after suffering a unanimous decision loss to Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 130 back in May.

But “Wonderboy” isn’t going to sit home and cry in his Cheerios about the controversy surrounding his Liverpool loss. Instead, he’s going to find someone “Ruthless” enough to get him back into the welterweight title hunt.

“With Robbie Lawler, he’s coming off a knee injury,” Thompson told MMA Junkie. “I was just thinking, ‘Robbie Lawler’s out for a little bit. I might be out for a little bit. Let’s call for Robbie Lawler and maybe the timing will be fairly right.’ Hopefully we can fight each other.”

Thompson (14-3-1) jumped out to an electric 13-1 start to his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, but after battling to a five-round draw against Tyron Woodley at UFC 205 in New York, “Wonderboy” is just 1-2, all of which were decisions.

Lawler (28-12, 1 NC), meanwhile, was creamed by “The Chosen One” at UFC 201 in Atlanta, and has appeared just twice in the aftermath, splitting a pair of decisions against Donald Cerrone (W) and Rafael dos Anjos (L).

Thompson vs. Lawler … who wants it?

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Midnight Mania! Watch that 24-second Rafael Dos Anjos blitz on Robbie Lawler from Bruce Buffer’s seat

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Rafael Dos Anjos is a monster. Robbie Lawler is an animal. When they collided at this weekend’s UFC event, there was a lot of anticipation. While Rafael dos Anjos ended up running away with the bout on the scorecards, the collision of dos Anjos’ endless cardio with Lawler’s limitless toughness did result in one of the most remarkable sequences I’ve seen in a long time.

It’s rare in MMA, with 4-ounce gloves, to get a blitz this long without a fighter either going unconscious or finding a way to break the attack. Lawler did neither, covering up, taking shots on his shoulders and simply absorbing what he couldn’t avoid. That’s his superpower, and it was on full display last night. Afterwards, all dos Anjos could say?

My hands are hurting because I hit the guy in the head. He’s got a pretty tough head.


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My reaction to the @raiders game last night!

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Stipe Miocic, fighting fires or fighting heavyweights. It’s all fighting.

Fighting is in my blood!

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Heavyweight boxer Ray Mercer knocked out Tim Sylvia, so he’s an authority in two sports and he had this amazing insight to share:

Throwback to this amazing video of boxing coach Eric Kelly.

John Wayne Parr compared himself to Mirko Cro Cop, because, well, why not. They do kinda look alike.

This qualifies as martial arts… right?

Widely respected MMA coach Robert Follis died this weekend. It was ruled a suicide. May he rest in peace. Many fighters have had remarkably good things to say about Follis’ impact on their lives, including Nate Quarry and Kevin Lee.

I have nothing to say about this.

I have nothing to say about this either, frankly, except that it was an awesome fight.

Daniel Cormier managed to piss off a lot of pro wrestlers over the weekend with his criticism of… whatever this is…

Oh, and he also admitted he thinks Yoel Romero would beat him in a straight wrestling match.


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UFC on FOX 26 Results: Rafael Dos Anjos Batters Robbie Lawler for Five Rounds

Robbie Lawler has been around a long time. So long, in fact, that he remembers when Dana White had hair. But in the time since he first set foot in the Octagon, he’s been on winning streaks, been on losing streaks, won a belt, and took part in some absolute wars. He is the human […]

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UFC on FOX 26 Primer: What’s Left for Robbie Lawler?

UFC 37, in Bossier City, Louisiana. That was when Robbie Lawler first stepped into the Octagon. (I was there. It was awesome.) Since then, he’s had some ups and downs, and some more ups and downs, and in the span of 13 years was a late-career welterweight champ. That’s a lot to have accomplished – so […]

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UFC on FOX 26 Primer: What’s Left for Robbie Lawler?

UFC 37, in Bossier City, Louisiana. That was when Robbie Lawler first stepped into the Octagon. (I was there. It was awesome.) Since then, he’s had some ups and downs, and some more ups and downs, and in the span of 13 years was a late-career welterweight champ. That’s a lot to have accomplished – so […]

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