Robbie Lawler

After losing to Johny Hendricks in March, Robbie Lawler will get a crack at the welterweight champ again… after defeating Matt Brown on Saturday (July 26) during UFC Fight Night on Fox.

Lawler (24-10) outpointing his opponent via a back-and-forth five-round unanimous decision. It wasn’t easy though. The 32-year-old worked for every inch of Saturday’s win… and was badly hurt at points in the fight thanks to Brown’s strikes.

“I told [Brown] there are two champions in this ring tonight,” Lawler said. “He’s a hell of a fighter. He came toe-to-toe with me. Not too many people would do that.”

White also praised Brown’s performance. “I didn’t think it would go the distance because these guys punch so hard. I’ll tell you what, Matt Brown moves up in the rankings. Robbie is clearly the No. 1 guy; Brown, hurt hand or not, went for it in the fifth round. Unbelievable performance.”

The win sets up a rematch between Lawler and Hendricks, both of whom fought for the vacant title in March, with Hendricks winning by unanimous decision. The fight is expected to take place in early 2015.

Hendricks (16-2) has not fought since the Lawler win because of a torn biceps.