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UFC on Fox fight card primer: Robbie Lawler vs Matt Brown

Bloody Elbow presents a preview of UFC on Fox: Lawler vs Brown in our fight card primer series. Here we look at the main event: Robbie Lawler vs Matt Brown in a big Welterweight fight.

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In the main event at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown, former #1 contender Robbie Lawler (23-10(1) MMA; 8-4 UFC) takes on Matt Brown (19-11 MMA; 12-5 UFC). This five round Welterweight fight headlines the four fight UFC on Fox main card. The UFC Rankings have Lawler as the #1 contender at 170 pounds, with Brown a few spots below him at #5. UFC Fight Night: Lawler vs. Brown airs live from San Jose this Saturday, July 26. The main card airs on Fox with a fight time of 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT, with the prelims starting at 4:15 p.m. ET on Fight Pass.

This is a fight that people are excited for, and with good reason. In Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown, you have two extremely exciting, action-packed fighters. Both men are furious strikers capable of taking opponents out with a single shot in Lawler's case, or a brutal combination for Brown. The match-up just feels right - two guys who must face off. If that's not enough excitement for you, it's also a Welterweight title eliminator, meaning the winner gets a shot at Johny Hendricks and the UFC Welterweight title. Get excited for this one.

How do these two stack up?

Lawler: 32 years old | 5'11" | 74" reach
Brown: 33 years old | 6'0" | 75" reach

What have these two done recently?

Lawler: W - Jake Ellenberger (TKO) | L - Johny Hendricks (UD) | W - Rory MacDonald (SD)
Brown: W - Erick Silva (TKO) | W - Mike Pyle (KO) | W - Jordan Mein (TKO)

How did these two get here?

"Ruthless" Robbie Lawler comes back here as one of the greatest UFC comeback stories ever. After a ho-hum 4-3 run way back in 2002-2004, Lawler left the UFC and fought in a variety of organizations, winning gold in EliteXC. He settled in Strikeforce, but ended his time there on a 1-3 run and looked to be winding down his career. Instead, he came to the UFC with a vengeance, earning a title shot and now looking to be on the verge of another crack at UFC gold. At a time when so many UFC veterans have left the sport behind, Ruthless still holds strong as a fighter from an older era of MMA. The fact that he is not only relevant, but arguably in his prime is incredible, and you know fans are salivating to see him hoist that title belt high.

Like his opponent, "The Immortal" Matt Brown is a serious fan favorite. Coming to the UFC in 2008 via The Ultimate Fighter, Brown at first looked like an average TUF prospect. But since a 2011 loss, he's gone a flawless 7-0, steadily moving up the ranks against tougher and tougher opposition. And he's looked ever better in the process, beating opponents with a reckless abandon and violent style that has earned him a cult following. Lawler is a step up for him, no doubt, but he has earned it.

Why should you care?

Styles make fights, right? Well, then this one is going to be awesome.