RUTHLESS RETRIBUTION: CAN ROBBIE LAWLER TURN THE TIDE ON JOHNY HENDRICKS?
By: Jack Slack, FIGHTLAND
"As is the grand tradition in UFC title fights, it's time for another rematch. Unlike some of the more recent rushed rematch decisions (Junior dos Santos versus Cain Velasquez III, Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw II) this one seems deserved and inspires actual excitement.
"In the eight months since their first meeting, Robbie Lawler has knocked out Jake Ellenberger, and slammed the brakes on the Matt Brown express. In fact, in the original title fight, Lawler didn't look out of his depth at all. He wobbled Hendricks with counter punches, and he did excellent work from in close, where Hendricks couldn't step into his swings.
"You know what Robbie Lawler does well, I've written love letters to the style of The Ruthless One before. Checking the lead hand, releasing it and looking to land the southpaw lead hook as a counter over the top of the jab. That tasty new up-elbow he was showing against Matt Brown. The high kicks and the feints. His counters are as precise and timely as his power is scary."