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One moment almost halted the fight this past weekend at UFC on FOX 12, and brought with it some controversy.

During the third round of the main event, Robbie Lawler appeared to land a body kick that hurt Matt Brown. However, referee John McCarthy declared the shot a low-blow and put a pause in the action.

Several replays were shown after, and UFC commentator Joe Rogan stated he thought the shot was legal and the referee had made a mistake. UFC president Dana White also said much the same during his post-fight interview on FOX Sports 1.

McCarthy, a long-time ref, came to his own defense on Twitter, stating, “For information, the kick thrown by Robbie was legal, his shin moved Matt Brown’s cup, you could hear it, that’s why Matt was given a moment.”

Brown, who lost via decision to Lawler, also defended his own actions via his Facebook page after the fight:

vitor belfort

Anderson Silva wasn’t able to see them.

Lyoto Machida, he might have found a couple, but “The Dragon” was unable to exploit them.

Vitor Belfort, though, believes he has found – and can take advantage of – the holes in Chris Weidman’s game. He’ll get his shot this December at UFC 181 to do what Silva and Machida could not.

Belfort was recently given his conditional fight license, and he’ll meet Weidman if he can pass all the required tests given to him between now and fight night in Las Vegas by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

“(Weidman) has a lot of flaws in his game,” said Belfort, during an interview with Combate. “We’ll exploit them. I’ve been studying Weidman and I believe that you will see a nice fight. I’m ready for five rounds of jiu-jitsu, boxing, Muay thai, wrestling.

“This bout has been very anticipated. I think it’ll be a great show.”

Belfort (24-10) has won three straight since a 2012 submission loss to Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title. His only other defeat since 2006 was at the hands of Silva in 2011 for the middleweight crown. This, though, will mark his first fight outside of Brazil in over two years.

“I’m as hungry as when I won my first title at 19,” he said. “I’m 37 and I have the opportunity to be world champion for a third time in a third different division. I’ll do my best to win my third belt.”

Belfort won the UFC 12 heavyweight tournament in 1997 and the light heavyweight title in 2004. He lost the belt later that year to Randy Couture.

ufc on fox 12

Robbie Lawler will get his shot at taking down Johny Hendricks after stopping Matt Brown’s seven-fight win streak Saturday night at UFC on FOX 12.

Lawler earned a decision victory, out-striking Brown and becoming the first contender to Hendricks’ title. Earlier this year, “Bigg Rigg” downed Lawler via decision to win the vacant championship.

“I am very excited,” Lawler said. “I want to get back to work and go after Hendricks. I’m gonna be the one waiting for him and that’s nice.”

Hendricks has been on the sidelines since defeating Lawler due to bicep surgery. He is expected to be cleared for a return by the fall.

On this night, though, it was all about “Ruthless,” as he handed Brown his first loss since 2011.

“I told him there were two champions in this ring and he is a hell of a fighter,” Lawler said. “We put on a great show. He came and went toe-to-toe with me, not something too many people will do.”

ufc on fox 12

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC on FOX 12: Lawler vs. Brown.

Tonight’s card comes to us from the SAP Center in San Jose, California. All of the televised action will air on FOX.

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PRELIMINARY CARD

In early Fight Pass action:

Noah Lahat def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Juliana Lima via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Gilbert Burns def. Andreas Stahl via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Tiago dos Santos def. Akbarh Arreola via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Brian Ortega vs. Mike De La Torre

We begin the televised prelims with a featherweight scrap, as Brian Ortega (8-0) puts his perfect record on the line against Mike De La Torre (12-4).

Round 1: Ortega scores with a takedown and quickly transitions to the back, securing his hooks and a figure-four around the waist. He remains on De La Torre’s back and is breaking him down. He’s got a bit of a neck crank instead of a choke, but it’s weakening his opponent. Ortega moves the arm down just a bit and he gets the choke, as he was going out and referee John McCarthy stopped it.

Brian Ortega def. Mike De La Torre via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:39 of Round 1

Tim Means vs. Hernani Perpetuo

Two welterweights step inside the Octagon for our next fight between Tim Means (20-6-1) and Hernani Perpetuo (17-4).

Round 1: Means immediately takes control of the Octagon and we have a war. Big left hook from Perpetuo, and Means decides to shoot for a takedown. He scores, but Perpetuo is able to get right back to his feet. Means with kicks and shoots for another takedown, but Perpetuo is only interested in throwing bombs. He’s consistently landing the left hook and it hasn’t been stopped. Means catches him inside the clinch and fires off a series of elbows, to which Perpetuo smiles and retaliates. Combo from Perpetuo and he just misses on a spinning kick. Means back to peppering the leg and hits another elbow, followed by a high kick. We have an inadvertent eye poke and a break in the action. The eye poke is followed up by what is ruled an accidental head butt by Means and Perpetuo fires off several strong shots to finish the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Perpetuo

Round 2: It appears Means has figured out what Perpetuo is planning to do, as he keeps coming in fast and backing up. Good counter-striking and takedowns landing by Means. Big shot lands by Perpetuo, and Means fires back. Means working the jab and avoiding the damage. He finds a home with his left and comes flying in with a knee that connects as well. Perpetuo appears to be in trouble, but he has recovered after Means backed off his onslaught. Perpetuo again asks the ref for a stoppage and is denied. Not sure what that was about this time.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Means

Round 3: Once again, Means takes control of the cage and is sticking and moving. He’s found his range and is in control, but Perpetuo continues to head-hunt and has knockout power. Means is countering everything and blocking the shots from Perpetuo, who appears to have an injury to his left hand. After working what looked like a combo, Perpetuo failed to throw the left and it is obviously injured. He is just leaving it down by his side and telling Means to hit him. Means does, and the crowd gets into it as we head under 30 seconds. After the fight, Perpetuo told Means that he broke his arm, as he pointed to it and upon review there is some swelling and weird dislocation.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Means

Tim Means def. Hernani Perpetuo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Kyle Kingsbury vs. Patrick Cummins

Our first of two light heavyweight matches will feature the return of Kyle Kingsbury (11-5) against Patrick Cummins (5-1).

Round 1: To the surprise of no one, Cummins with a takedown less than 30 seconds into the first round. Kingsbury does a nice job of working free, but he gets taken right back down. Elbows from Cummins, who moves to side control. Kingsbury able to work free and get to his feet again, only to have Cummins wearing on him once more. Failed takedown for Cummins this time and an inside leg kick from Kingsbury connects. A third takedown for Cummins scores with ease. Potential D’arce choke for Cummins right in front of UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Cummins releases the choke and is hammering away with elbows.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cummins

Round 2: Right back where we finished, as Cummins scores easily with a takedown. Kingsbury works to get to his feet and breaks free without any damage. Big takedown for Cummins and he postures right up, pounding away on Kingsbury, who looks nearly out of it. Cummins is holding his head in place and beating away on him. Cummins is using a front-head lock to control Kingsbury, following up with shots to the face and body.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Cummins

Round 3: Cummins with a head kick to start the final round, backing Kingsbury up. Once more, Cummins shoots and scores with a power takedown. No chance for Kingsbury to stop that one, as he has been taken down eight times now. Elbows from Cummins, but he gets out of position and Kingsbury is able to stand. With the use of another front headlock, Cummins brings him to the canvas once more. Cummins with a knee that he follows up with a left. Cummins drives Kingsbury to the canvas once again, improving to 10-for-13 on his takedowns. Joe Rogan is begging him to put him away with a minute to go. Cummins working for a possible choke with seconds left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cummins

Patrick Cummins def. Kyle Kingsbury via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-24)

Jorge Masvidal vs. Daron Cruickshank

We’ve reached the prelim main event, as lightweights Jorge Masvidal (26-8) and Daron Cruickshank (15-4) go to battle inside the Octagon.

Round 1: Many, including UFC president Dana White, believe this scrap could steal “Fight of the Night” this evening. We will see. Masvidal takes the center and has Cruickshank pedaling on his bike around the outside. Sweeping leg kick by Masvidal, and out of nowhere, Cruickshank delivers and drops him. It looked like a knockout, but Masvidal jumped right back up. Great job of reffing by Herb Dean to allow this one to continue. Masvidal is now backing him down, but that is also where he got caught earlier. Big knee to the body after Masvidal catches a kick, landing a few more shots. Front-kick connects and this one is living up to the hype so far.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cruickshank

Round 2: Despite scoring with the early knockdown, Cruickshank’s face has plenty of damage, including a cut over his eye. Masvidal fires off a couple of kicks and gets taken down for his effort. Right back to his feet and he uses a guillotine choke attempt to score with a takedown of his own and wind up on top. Excellent transition. Masvidal peppering the body with strikes, including quick elbows. Masvidal locks up a choke and he appears to have it in tight, but Cruickshank is fighitng for survival and does. Great defense by Cruickshank, but Masvidal remains in control and has done plenty of damage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal

Round 3: More of the same through the early stages, as Masvidal controls the action. He’s in deep on a takedown attempt of his own, ramming the legs with hard knees and Cruickshank rolls right into a D’arce choke. Masvidal spins to the back and avoids a switch attempt by Cruickshank, who does get to his feet. Masvidal wearing on him as we head to the two-minute mark, and Cruickshank fires off and nearly scores a kimura. He’s found another burst of energy and is coming after Masvidal, who is retreating. Cruickshank, though, gets a little too high off a takedown and winds up on his back.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal def. Daron Cruickshank via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

MAIN CARD

Josh Thomson vs. Bobby Green

We begin the main card with lightweights, as former Strikeforce fighters Josh Thomson (20-6) and Bobby Green (22-5) meet up.

Round 1: Green with a kick to the lead leg and Thomson smirks back at him. Thomson gets off balance and falls, but Green is unable to capitalize. Green is keeping his hands low and that is something Thomson has to be taking note of. He catches Green with a quick right and Green is talking a lot of smack inside the Octagon. Thomson catches a poke to the eye and he is in pain, on the canvas. After collecting himself, he’s ready to go and so are we. Green continuing to control the Octagon, backing Thomson up.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Green

Round 2: Green laughs and tells Thomson he was “that close” on a head kick. Green proceeds to back him down and lands a good left. Thomson continues to land and Green continues to talk back to him. The crowd ignites for a brief moment and Green goes to work on the body with kicks. Green putting things together and connecting with combos and you can hear him talking to Thomson now. Thomson smiles back and lands a right hand over the top. Thomson with a takedown, but he’s unable to keep Green down and do any damage.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Thomson

Round 3: Good left to the body by Green, who comes out in a Bruce Lee-like stance. Green fakes a shot and goes low for a takedown, switching to a double and giving up on it. Right hand and a knee to the body connect for Green inside the clinch. Off a failed takedown by Thomson, Green hits him with a good knee inside. We are back to where we have spent the majority of this contest, as Green is controlling the center and talking trash. A cut has opened up under the right eye of Thomson, who fights off a takedown with some big right hands. Wild exchange as both men miss with hooks.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Green

Bobby Green def. Josh Thomson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Clay Guida vs. Dennis Bermudez

After that lightweight affair, we move down to the featherweight ranks with Clay Guida (31-14) and Dennis Bermudez (13-3).

Round 1: No touch of gloves and a very different looking Guida to start. Maybe the talk of being “done” from Bermudez struck a cord with Guida. Guida with a right kick to the knee and a left kick to the body, but Bermudez comes back and lands a right hook. Good left jab, right kick combo for Bermudez. Guida grabs a leg but can’t convert with the takedown. Bermudez grabs hold of the head, using it to control Guida. He fights off another takedown and lands a nasty knee to Guida’s face. Each time Guida tries to rush in, Bermudez meets him. Bermudez catches him and unloads with big lefts and rights, but that allows Guida to score with a takedown. Bermudez sweeps and gets out, and he has done damage as blood is trickling from the right eye area of Guida. Another combo of strikes and knees to the body and face by Bermudez, who just throws Guida to the ground and jumps on his back. All Bermudez so far, as he is dominating. He drops down and is looking for a choke, which he doesn’t have yet.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bermudez

Round 2: Bermudez applying the pressure again, but gets caught with a counter-right. He works for a takedown, but is took high and Bermudez sprawls and fights it off with ease. Good kick to the knee – like Jon Jones likes to do – by Guida to the kneecap/thigh region. Guida misses and Bermudez sends him against the fence with a big shot. Bermudez teeing off now, as Guida appears to be a step slow and is eating a lot of big shots. Guida tries for a takedown off the clinch and Bermudez gains the advantage, bringing him down and looking in his hooks. He’s searching for a rear-naked choke and he gets it.

Dennis Bermudez def. Clay Guida via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:57 of Round 2

Anthony Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Our second light heavyweight contest features a potential future contender, as Anthony Johnson (17-4) meets Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5).

Round 1: Johnson connects seconds in and he is unloading on him with uppercuts. Nogueira’s head snaps back once and Johnson doesn’t let up. Several more shots and the Brazilian is down and out. Johnson didn’t even break a sweat in this one. Blood is pouring out of his head and he needs help to get to the stool.

Anthony Johnson def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via TKO (strikes) at :44 of Round 1

Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown

It’s time for the main event, and a No. 1 contender match in the welterweight division, as Robbie Lawler (23-10) squares off with Matt Brown (19-11).

Round 1: Lawler with a combo right off the bat, following that up with an overhand right. He is backing Brown up, who fires back with a high kick. Power left and a straight right land by Lawler, who is hitting everything he throws at Brown and is tagging him at will. Brown with a left that rocks Lawler for a brief moment. Here comes Lawler back and they mix it up once more. Combination by Brown and he hits him with a right, followed by a trip takedown as we go under three minutes. Brown working a potential choke, as he has him tied up and could secure a D’arce from where he’s at on the ground. Lawler notices and stands up to his feet, breaking the hold. Brown, inside the clinch, fires off a pair of elbows that connect. He’s got a cut on his forehead and it’s opening up more and more as Lawler hits him. Right followed by a knee followed by a right from Lawler. He looks to have hurt Brown with under a minute to go. Side kick to the body lands and Brown misses on a spinning attempt.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawler

Round 2: Brown going to work, jabbing and using quick kicks to his advantage. Lawler counters by landing a right, and blocks a head kick. But Brown follows up with a kick to the body that connects. Brown shoots off a right and scores. Lawler right back to his feet, but Brown takes the back. He’s able to spin free and they separate, but Lawler now has a cut on his forehead. Straight left by Lawler and Brown appears a step slow. Just like that, “The Immortal” returns with a spinning kick followed by several more kicks and strikes. Brown catches him in the clinch and lands an elbow.

Fightline scores the round 10-9 for Brown

Round 3: Lawler throwing with a little more force here now, including power kicks to the body. Another to the body, this time a little higher. Instead of using a lot of energy, Lawler is being more technical, striking when he has openings and using his power on each shot. Kick by Lawler is ruled a low-blow, but it was a body shot. Brown acted hurt and reached low, getting the break. It almost looked like Donald Cerrone-Jim Miller from a few weeks ago. Lawler senses it, though, going right back to the body with another kick. Brown fires back with a kick to the body of his own.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawler

Round 4: Lawler storms right out and drops Brown. He senses it and is in guard just seconds into the round. Lawler working to better his position to work some ground-and-pound. He gets an elbow through the great defense, resulting in falling into half-guard. Brown controlling with a guillotine started, but he’s unable to do anything with it for the moment. Brown uses an arm to get to his feet, throwing a back-kick on the way up. Another cut has formed on the face of Brown, who eats an uppercut. Single-leg takedown defended by Lawler, who has stuffed 4 of 6 attempts. Right-hook by Lawler lands and he just misses on a head-kick.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawler

Round 5: Both corners told the fighters to go for it and they are doing just that, as the crowd greets them with thunderous applause. Short elbows from Brown and he backs Lawler up. Lawler comes back with an overhand right, and more elbows by The Immortal. Perfect kick to the body followed by a right from Ruthless. Brown working the body with kicks and punches as we go under three minutes in the fight. Brown walks right through a head kick. Brown comes alive, landing lefts and rights. After doing so, he shakes out his right hand, as he might have broke it. Brown’s only throwing his left now with two minutes to go in the round. Lawler to the body and a left jab snaps Brown’s head back. Exchange of jabs from both and a tight elbow by Brown. Another elbow and another after a straight left out of Brown. This is the fight everyone expected from these two to close out things. Each miss on spinning attacks. Brown isn’t defending anything, but Lawler seems reluctant to mix it up, knowing he is well ahead. Lawler drops him and pounces, but Brown’s able to get out and free. They embrace after.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lawler

Robbie Lawler def. Matt Brown via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)

Jon Jones

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been criticized for his use of social media in the past, but he appears to have found the right balance.

Jones will meet Daniel Cormier at UFC 178 after a knee injury knocked Alexander Gustafsson out of the September fight in Las Vegas.

Jones and Cormier have had their fair-share of verbal tirades and exchanges of messages, and that only continued as soon as the bout was announced.

Cormier did his fair share, appearing on “UFC Tonight” to discuss the bout. He also has a specially-made sure ready to wear the night of the contest.

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