Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone: The fight that could steal the show?
By Keegan Amesbury
Originally booked for UFC 205 on the 12/11/2016, the Welterweight showcase of Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone is now taking place at the rapidly approaching UFC 213 on 08/07/2017 and will be the mid fight of the main card. However, despite not being UFC 213’s main event, this fight has the potential to steal the show for a number of reasons.
Both Lawler and Cerrone are veterans of MMA, with a combined 80 fights between them and both have proven that they belong at the top of the Welterweight division. Robbie picked up back to back “Fight of the Year” accolades in 2014 (vs. Johnny Hendricks) and 2015 (vs. Rory MacDonald) and his five round thriller against Carlos Condit in January of 2016 was arguably the fight of 2016, so there is no doubt that he is capable of putting on a great show. Add to this, the fact the Cerrone has the joint second most post-fight awards (13 – tied with Anderson Silva) and it would appear like the fans are in for a real treat.
But how are the two going to compete against each other? Well, since moving up to 170 pounds, it seems that Cerrone has reinvented himself. He has largely improved his footwork and because of how technical he is, this allows him to work a lot more effectively in tight spaces and his great counter strike ability that he had on display for his victories against Patrick Cote and Rick Story make him a huge threat for fighters who fight with ruthless aggression.
Despite the fact that Lawler has been a more tame version of the monster we are used to seeing, only releasing his full aggression in short bursts against Condit, his ability to time a counter strike perfectly and the pure power in every strike he throws means he is still one of the most violent and dangerous men in all of the UFC.
Very few fights have had me this excited, just the thought of Cerrone’s technical ability coming up against the brutality of Lawler’s strikes is enough to promote the contest. I honestly feel like this bout had main event potential, even without a title on the line, and I would not be surprised if it is the fight that everyone is talking about the morning after. If this fight goes the way many people expect it to, it will be an action filled bout that will 100% leave a mark on both of these fighters’ already legendary careers as Mixed Martial Artists.