UFC On Fox 12 Main Card Recap: Robbie Lawler Beats Matt Brown In “Fight of the Year” Contender


The UFC on FOX 12 card is in the bag from the SAP Center in San Jose, California and the promotion delivered again with another great night of fights.

UFC on FOX 12 featured a welterweight title eliminator in the main event as the divisions No.1 contender Robbie Lawler took on “The Immortal” Matt Brown in what turned out to be a back-and-forth war which played out a lot longer than most people expected.

The first round round was a big one for “Ruthless” who managed to rock his opponent early but the “Immortal” sucked it up and went toe-to-to with Lawler for the next few rounds. Brown took a lot of damage from then on but never stopped coming forward and even had a strong rally late towards end.

However, he was unable to get the finish and Lawler took home the unanimous decision. Brown didn’t win the fight but he gains tons of respect with his performance.

The co-main event turned out to be a completely one-sided affair as Anthony Johnson smashed Antônio Rogério Nogueira with a brutal barrage of punches early on to pick up a stoppage over the Brazilian in just 44 seconds. “Rumble” is now 2-0 in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division with wins over top competition. One more win should be enough to give him a shot at the title.

In other action, TUF 14 finalist Dennis Bermudez picked up the biggest win of his MMA career, stopping former Strikeforce lightweight champion Clay Guida with a second round rear-naked choke. The 27-year old is now on a seven-fight win streak and is starting to look like a title contender in the featherweight division.

Kicking off the main card was a lightweight clash as former Strikeforce fighters Josh Thomson and Bobby Green went to battle for three solid rounds. Both men had mixed success in the bout and it looked close going into the judges, however, Green was ultimately awarded the W to pick up his fourth straight win in the UFC.

UFC On Fox 12 Main Card Results:

Bobby Green def. Josh Thomson via split-decision

Dennis Bermudez def. Clay Guida via submission (guillotine choke) Round 2 – 2:52

Anthony Johnson def. Antônio Rogério Nogueira via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 0:44

Robbie Lawler def. Matt Brown via unanimous decision.

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  • diaz smokes lawler again. hopefully for the belt. no1 is willing to actually fight robbie as soon as they do surprise! they start to win exchanges. its funny how these guys are in top 5 yet cant see any of them fazing GSP

    • pffff Nick Diaz, the gimp that got smashed by GSP? Robbie and Matt would both destroy Diaz.

      • Smashed? The Diaz gsp fight looked like a sparring session. Neither guy was hurt and nothing exciting happened. Gsp dominated by takedowns but that's it. No gnp no sub attacks no striking.

        Diaz would be a good match for either brown or Lawler but he is better standing and on the ground than both those guys. Nobody has ever stood toe to toe with Diaz and won in the last many years. He doesn't have the one shot power of those guys but he has their toughness. It would be a close fight space you are acting like the people who hate on Ronda cause they don't like her personality. Even Condit wouldn't stand with Diaz.

        • GSP smashed Diaz on the feet as well. You say GSP landed no strikes on the feet?? You sure about that buddy?? I remember Nick's head bouncing around when GSP was jabbing his face in, he also hit him with some very hard leg kicks. Condit beat Diaz on the feet. I'll admit Diaz has great boxing, BJJ and elite cardio but he isn't explosive or athletic. He needs to work on his wrestling because GSP dismantled him in the wrestling department big time. I'm a firm believer in, anyone can win at anytime and to never count anyone out ever. So I know Diaz has what it takes to beat a lot of top guys but with the way Lawler has looked and Brown I think they both would kill Diaz. I would say either Nick Diaz vs Anderson Silva or Diaz vs McDonald or Diaz vs Brown.

          • Not at all man. That fight was a lackluster joke. If gsp smashed Diaz you have exaggerated definitions. Condit ran away from Diaz and took s decision through strategy. Neither nick or gsp were hurt in anyway. Gsp grinded nick out with takedowns. Both Lawler and brown stand and bang like Paul Daley so no they won't smash nick. Brown sure isn't going to the ground with nick. Aren't you the guy that says anything can happen in mma everytime someone disagrees with you.
            I think a fight with either brown or Lawler looks like Paul Daley Diaz. It could have gone either way nick got there first.

  • Lawler is doing great. Speaking of great, what a transformation we've seen of Matt Brown. Improved wrestling and taken his striking and aggressiveness to a new level and what about him incorporating muay thai takedowns, trips and elbows, clinch work! very unique that he's good at the trips and TD's. Hopefully lawler wins the belt

  • A good fight but only R1 and R5 were exciting for the most part. I wouldn't say fight of the year but a good fight.

  • and what a win for bermudez. didnt think much on TUF but looked him up before the finale and was super impressed. been following him ever since and its been a pleasure to watch him reach his potential. kid needs to start making noise with his mouth though. call out aldo, ask for interm something!! get people talking or a less skilled mcgregor will bypass him….josh thomson WTF?

    • Bermudez really showed up and proved a point last night. The guy is looking good. However I did not see a Carpenter that could deal with Conor either. I would put Bermudez above Conor because of his streak and his latest opponent but Conor did better against the two fighters they have in common so I would wait a bit to see who is actually better.

  • Brown impressed me. I was wrong about him.

    • Yeah I remember you saying Brown didn't deserve to be in there with Robbie…..

      • Its true. But a top guy who is a game planner beats him 9 out of 10 times. But he does have an incredible toughness and heart to dig deep. Unfortunately his body will take severe abuse if he fights like he did against Lawler. His twitch motor skills will fade pretty fast at 30 plus years taking shots like that. But he is a much more elite athlete than I gave him credit for.

  • It was a really nice scrap and very entertaining rnd 1 and 5, but let's not blow shit out of proportion here. Did anyone REALLY think Lawler looked great last night? Cause i thought he looked like SHIT! It was an entertaining "FIGHT", but not a great "PERFORMANCE". I was really not impressed by what i saw last night and if that's the way he plans on performing in his second shot at Hendricks, he'll fucking loose again! Mark my words….