The penultimate UFC show before 2018 was definitely a Christmas gift to fight fans.
The UFC brought the eight-sided steel cage to Bell MTS Place for UFC on Fox 26. Now, he's calling for his shot at champion Tyron Woodley. Though Lawler put forth a valiant effort, dos Anjos dominated the well-traveled veteran for the duration of five rounds. During the stretch, he faced a laundry list of champions, former champions and top contenders.
Dos Anjos (28-9), mentioned before the bout that he believed this fight should have been for the interim welterweight title. "I want the UFC gold belt", dos Anjos said of his post-win interview with Woodley. Lawler didn't buckle and somehow survived the round.
"I just feel good". "My hands are hurting from his head".
Lawler can't get inside dos Anjos' head to find out how he's feeling at welterweight compared to his years spent fighting at 155 pounds, but he can relate to his own experiences.
The onslaught from dos Anjos continued for the rest of the fight, as he abused Lawler with leg kicks.
"It was 25 minutes of war", dos Anjos, 33, told reporters, adding his legs were sore but not injured.
"It doesn't matter", Lawler, 35, said.
"I'm going to go home tomorrow and that's as far as I'm thinking ahead", Lawler said.
Lamas was originally scheduled to face Jose Aldo, but Aldo replaced an injured Frankie Edgar at UFC 218 on December 2 and fought Max Holloway for the featherweight title. Emmett was 2½ pounds overweight and had to give Lamas 30 per cent of his purse.
It was the second straight fight Cirkunov has been knocked out in the first round. That event was UFC 161 and it was headlined by a light heavyweight tilt between Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson. Marquez, a Kansas City, Mo., native, choked Stewart out at the 2:42 mark of the second round.
"I don't really look at that, 'cause I've fought guys who were taller than me, with bigger reach, who were stronger than me", Lawler said. "I just want the gold".
Canadians were 4 for 4 on the preliminary card.
Alberta's Jordan (Young Gun) Mein bumped his record up to 30-12 with a unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) over Brazilian Erick Silva in their welterweight bout.
John (The Bull) Makdessi of Halifax, N.S., (15-6-0) defeated American Abel Trujillo in a unanimous decision after their three-round lightweight fight.
Lawler's run at middleweight lasted all the way until he returned to the UFC in 2013.