UFC on Fox 12 Recap
July 28, 2014
By Brian Edwards
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Fireworks were promised and expected for Saturday's main event at UFC on Fox 12 in San Jose, featuring 'Ruthless' Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown in a welterweight battle with a title shot on the line. After 25 minutes of non-stop action, Lawler prevailed by unanimous decision (49-47 twice, 48-47) as a -370 'chalk.'
5Dimes had a prop for Lawler to win by UD that paid out a +705 return (risk $100 to win $705).
The win hooks Lawler up with a rematch with Johny Hendricks, the 170-pound kingpin who has been installed as a -245 favorite vs. Lawler (+210) at BetOnline.com.
Lawler came out sharp in Round 1, catching Brown with a number of big punches in the first minute. He took the stanza rather easily, but Brown got into a groove in Round 2. 'The Immortal' was much more relaxed, doing damage with punches, elbows, knees and kicks as he pressed forward.
The momentum shifted back to Lawler in the third round, as his crisp striking kept Brown from mounting a consistent offensive attack. The fourth round was more of the same, leaving Brown in desperation mode in the fifth and final round as he knew he had to finish to get the victory.
Brown did his best to do so. Just as he was gaining momentum, however, a big right hand from Brown that connected perfectly left him wincing in pain, as if he'd injured the right hand. Therefore, he spent the last two minutes and change mostly throwing kicks and elbows. The finish left the raucous crowd on their feet.
In the co-main event, Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson might have sent Little Nog into retirement by finishing him in just 44 seconds with a series of vicious uppercuts. Money galore came in Saturday on Johnson, pushing his price up to as high as -600 at some books. The 'under' (1.5 rounds) cashed for a +115 payout.
Johnson will probably get the winner of Ovince St. Preux and Ryan Bader in his next fight. But if Daniel Cormier gets injured in his training camp leading into his title shot against Jon Jones, don't be shocked if Rumble gets the call on short notice. He's been that impressive in wins over Phil Davis and Nogueira.
In a featherweight scrap, Dennis Bermudez won his seventh consecutive fight when he choked out veteran Clay Guida in the second round. 'The Menace' hooked up his backers as a -190 'chalk.' Gamblers taking the 'under' (2.5 rounds) cashed a generous +260 ticket (risk $100 to win $260).
Bermudez has won seven straight fights and will most likely be looking at a top-five contender in his next visit into the Octagon. Meanwhile, Guida has lost four of his last six fights and is clearly on the downside of his career. His chin isn't what it once was and one of his best assets -- speed -- is no longer a major strength. He'll probably be fighting for his job the next time out.
The opener for the main card pitted third-ranked lightweight Josh Thomson against Bobby 'King' Green, who took the fight on just two weeks notice after Michael Johnson had to pull out due to an injury. Green won via split decision (29-28, 28-29 & 29-28) as a +250 underdog, while 'over' 2.5 round was also a winner.
Green improved to 4-0 in the UFC and will catapult into the Top 10 of the rankings for the 155-pound loop. He controlled the center of the Octagon from start to finish and landed more strikes than 'The Punk' en route to the upset victory. Green should be given even more props considering what has been going on in his personal life. His youngest brother was murdered and three other family members were injured in a drive-by shooting in California less than two months ago.
What's next for the 35-year-old Thomson? That's an interesting question after suffering back-to-back split-decision losses in close fights that could've gone either way. Thomson has mentioned retirement in recent months and now that he's out of title contention, maybe he goes that route. Then again, he's still a Top 10 fighter for sure and just a win away from being considered top-five once again.
Jorge Masvidal nearly got finished early in the first round when Daron Cruichshank floored him with a huge right hand. However, Masvidal recovered quickly and began to assert himself in the second stanza when he nearly executed a d'arce choke. The third round was all Masvidal, who hooked up his supporters as a -250 favorite, to secure the unanimous-decision victory with superior grappling and work on the ground.
Patrick Cummins improved to 2-1 in the UFC by dominating Kyle Kingsbury in a unanimous-decision victory as a -180 favorite. Cummins was in control for the entire 15 minutes, scoring takedowns galore with his superior wrestling. Kingsbury, who hadn't fought in well more than a year, has lost four in a row and immediately announced his retirement afterward.
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