Also featured on the UFC 173 PPV was an intriguing welterweight match-up between number one ranked Robbie Lawler and Jake Ellenberger.
The welterweight contender's fight between "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler and Jake Ellenberger didn't quite deliver the nonstop-fireworks many expected.
What it showed, instead, was a mature Lawler who is totally in control. Just two months after nearly winning the championship in the early leader for Fight of the Year against Johny Hendricks, Lawler was in command on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Lawler didn't get goaded into a firefight with the heavy-hitting Ellenberger. Instead, he slowly and methodically picked him apart, wore him down, and broke his will.
In the end, he got his finish, too. Lawler finished the job via TKO at 3:06 of the third round to win for the fourth time in his past five fights.
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Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
defeated Jake Ellenberger by TKO (Ref Stoppage, Round 3, 3:09)