Rising Welterweight contender Rory MacDonald faced off against power-puncher Robbie Lawler at UFC 167. After a slow start, the third round was one of the best rounds of the night. Lawler hurt MacDonald badly and almost finished him, but MacDonald closed strong. Nonetheless, Lawler was awarded the unanimous decision victory. Check out BE editor Brent Brookhouse's description of the final round below, or watch the video highlights above.
Round 3 -Lawler lands a hard right and Rory is buzzed a bit but he scores a takedown. They're restarted on the feet and Lawler is bombing him. Rory is on his back and he is tying him up, trying to stay out of trouble. Lawler stands up and they're back on the feet. Rory with a few shots and Lawler lands a much harder shot. Eye poke by Lawler. Rory tries for a takedown but Lawler stays up. Lawler lands a few more times. Rory goes down. Lawler is trying to finish. Another big right hand on the ground. Rory looks for an armbar and they go back to the feet. Right hand by Rory. Takedown by Rory. He lands a series of hard elbow and punches. 10-9 Lawler for me makes it 29-28 on my card.
Official scorecards: 29-28 Lawler, 29-28 MacDonald, 29-28 Lawler. Robbie Lawler wins by split decision.