As one of the key bouts in UFC 235, top welterweights Robbie Lawler and Ben Askren faced off in the main card. The bout was mired in controversy. Lawler was ahead by a mile, bloodying and busting up Askren, up until Herb Dean botched a call when he thought the former champion went out from a bulldog choke — he didn’t.
Check below for highlights, along with a snippet from our play-by-play of the event.
Round 1 - Askren immediately shoots and is rebuffed. He’s holding onto him though, but Lawler slams Askren to the mat on his head! He beat the hell out of him with huge punches! Askren looked to be out for a second but they let it continue. He’s got a big cut from and elbow. Askren is back up, but he eats a knee to the body. His face is the crimson mask. Askren gets a hold of Lawler against the cage. Knees to the belly from Lawler. They’re hand fighting. Askren slows the pace but he can’t get Lawler to the mat, at least not yet. He’s low on the legs now. He locks the hands and puts Lawler on his butt. He looks for a choke, then transitions to a bulldog choke! Herb Dean stops it, but Lawler was fine. Oh no. That’s the worst way possible for that to go. To be fair to Herb though, Lawler wasn’t responding to his commands and his arm did drop. I don’t know what to think.
Ben Askren defeated Robbie Lawler via submisson (bulldog choke), 3:20 of round 1
ROBBIE LAWLER IS A MAD MAN!!!#UFC235 pic.twitter.com/XfMJnn30dv— UFC (@ufc) March 3, 2019
HOLY SH*T!! @Ruthless_RL is angry! #UFC235 pic.twitter.com/RmuvpyQWB9— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) March 3, 2019
Oh noooooo!!!!@BenAskren gets the win but @Ruthless_RL wasn't out?! Or was he?! #UFC235 pic.twitter.com/IZDcjwLnqh— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) March 3, 2019