Robbie Lawler Praises Rafael dos Anjos After UFC on FOX 26 Loss

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The former 155-pound champion beat up and dominated another former champion in Robbie Lawler on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night Winnipeg, earning a unanimous decision victory (50-45, 50-45, 50-45). The action took place inside the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Dos Anjos (28-9), mentioned before the bout that he believed this fight should have been for the interim welterweight title. The victor of the bout would become the No. 1 contender to face Tyron Woodley for the UFC welterweight championship. After a minute of inactivity, referee Herb Dean stood the fighters up and dos Anjos continued to punish Lawler on the feet against the cage. "I want the UFC gold belt", dos Anjos said of his post-win interview with Woodley. "I am 3-0 in this division and a former champion". Now, he's calling for his shot at champion Tyron Woodley. "I need some time off, too, to go home and get better and have a little longer camp to prepare for a title fight". Worn out and carrying obvious knee damage, Lawler was forced into docility, accepting certain positions and flagging in his aggression as Dos Anjos poured on the punishment. Lawler didn't buckle and somehow survived the round. I feel like he have a pretty tough head", the Brazilian told broadcaster Jon Anik in the cage after the fight, before later saying "in my opinion, I just beat the toughest guy in the division. "My hands are hurting from his head". Subtler attacks like leg kicks and clinch control from Dos Anjos were factors right alongside Lawler's typically furious punch flurries. Lawler's right leg got to the point where in the fifth round, he couldn't put any weight on it.

Lawler was already feeling the effects of Dos Anjos' leg kicks by round two.

Dos Anjos is skeptical about the severity of Woodley's condition, given the champ was entertaining a. "I think I might have", Emmett said.

In the co-main event, Ricardo Lamas took on Josh Emmett in a fast-paced featherweight bout that well surpassed expectations. It was the shortest fight of the night.

Emmett claimed he shocked the world with the emphatic upset win. "I think I might have". With Lamas left without a dance partner, Emmett, an unranked featherweight, accepted the challenge on three weeks' notice.

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Glover Teixeira is best known for his knockout power, but he put on a grappling clinic against Misha Cirkunov, finishing their fight in the first round with a rear naked choke. The round came to a close shortly after.

In the end, though, the judges all rightly saw it 50-45 for Dos Anjos, who is ranked fourth in the official UFC rankings.

Julian (The Cuban Missile Crisis) Marquez, who was making his UFC debut, and England's Darren Stewart stole the show on the preliminary card.

"I am the next in line for whoever wins that fight", Teixeira said. Marquez improved his professional record to 7-1. "I really don't care who I fight next". "I want the UFC belt".

Halifax's John Makdessi earned a much-needed win over Abel Trujillo by unanimous decision.

Chatham, Ont., product Chad Laprise moved to 6-2 in the UFC with a TKO of Galore Bofando at 4:10 of the first round. To the delight of the crowd, Laprise celebrated with the Canadian flag after his victory.