“That was the plan. I was expecting him to close the distance with hands, me just shoot underneath him, pick him up and slam him and ride the dog (expletive) out of him, but I just felt that he was moving so well in and out," Lawler told MMAWeekly.com after the win.
"Anytime I flinched him he would back up, but I didn’t want to lower my level and get kicked in the head, because even if he’s kicking my legs, if I lower my head I could get caught with a knee of something.”
"Really not even to the body just to my lead leg, he was really going to town on it," Lawler said about the damage he endured from the fight. "It was getting worse with every kick."
"He threw that kick and it kind of turned me into a righty, and I threw that right hand and it happened to finish him. He was kind of doing the same thing over and over again. He would kick my legs and look to finish with the hands. The last time he did it, it was a mistake."
As for the leg, Lawler admits that the soreness still exists, but he doesn't believe there is any ligament damage that would require surgery or any major time away from fighting.
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