Former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos made a statement Saturday evening with a convincing unanimous decision win over former welterweight champ Robbie Lawler at UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg.
Dos Anjos came in as a underdog, but matched and outpaced Lawler, who tried to pressure using his striking. But it was the third round where dos Anjos knocked down Lawler, who apparently suffered a leg injury. From then on, Lawler’s mobility decreased, while dos Anjos picked up the striking pace.
A lesser fighter might have thrown in the towel, but to his credit, Lawler went the distance. The three judges all scored it 50-45.
Dos Anjos improved to 28-9-0, while Lawler fell to 28-12-0.
In the post-fight interview, dos Anjos staked his claim for a title shot with current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
In other bouts:
JORDAN MEIN DEF. ERICK SILVA VIA UD (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
ALESSIO DI CHIRICO DEF. OLUWALE BAMGBOSE VIA KO (KNEE) R2 2:14
JOHN MAKDESSI DEF. ABEL TRUJILLO VIA UD (30-27 30-27, 30-27)
NORDINE TALEB DEF. DANNY ROBERTS VIA KO (STRIKES) R1 0:59
CHAD LAPRISE DEF. GALORE BOFANDO VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 4:10
JULIAN MARQUEZ DEF. DARREN STEWART VIA TECH SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R2 2:42
JAN BLACHOWICZ DEF. JARED CANNONIER VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
GLOVER TEIXEIRA DEF. MISHA CIRKUNOV VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 2:45
SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO DEF. MIKE PERRY VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
JOSH EMMETT DEF. RICARDO LAMAS VIA KO (PUNCH) R1 4:33
RAFAEL DOS ANJOS DEF. ROBBIE LAWLER VIA UD (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)