In the opening bout of the UFC 150 main card, Max Holloway and Justin Lawrence duked it out on the feet for close to two rounds, but Holloway was able to rip Lawrence to the body and pick up a TKO victory. The finish came at 4:49 of round two. Both men had their moments and the bout was quite good before the finishing sequence.
Holloway was working a good counter game, avoiding some of Lawrence's shots and ripping him back with rights in return. Lawrence offered up a variety of kicks and did some solid body work himself. Lawrence changed up his game in the second and decided to throw more lefts which was quite successful until he got caught in the liver area. Holloway swarmed him after that and the bout was stopped.
What was the high point of the fight?
The finishing sequence. The body shot was brutal.
Where do they go from here?
Holloway picked up his second straight win after a loss to Dustin Poirier in his UFC debut, and looks like he could be a solid guy in the featherweight division. It remains to be seen how he would deal with another solid grappler, but he can hang on the feet for sure. I like the idea of him fighting the winner of the Jason Young vs. Robert Peralta bout at UFC on Fuel 5.
Lawrence drops to 1-1 in the UFC and the former TUF competitor will have to go back to the drawing board. He has nice standup and seems to be an okay wrestler as well, but he's going to have to improve his overall game to be a force in the division.
Watch now, later, or never?
Now. It was a pretty entertaining bout and might have earned some consideration for fight of the night.
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