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Robbie Lawler Didn’t Really Want to Stand and Bang with Melvin Manhoef After All

(Props: Fight Magazine)

Strippers, the government, our immediate family – we expect them to lie to us. We’ve gotten so used to it that we barely even notice it anymore.  We just give them our money and try not to think about what it’s really being spent on. But Robbie Lawler? Him, we thought we could trust. When he told us that he wanted to stand and bang with Melvin Manhoef, when he laughed off the idea of taking down an opponent for the first time in recent memory, we believed him. It seemed like a bad idea, but at least it seemed like a sincere bad idea. Only after the fight do we learn that it was all a ruse.  That lying son of a bitch.

As Lawler admits in this video, he didn’t really want any part of Manhoef’s vicious stand-up. The only reason the fight stayed on the feet at all was because Lawler couldn’t find an opportunity to get it to the mat. Instead he got his leg kicked to pieces and his head rattled a little bit before he managed to land that totally pre-planned, super technical right hand. It worked out for him in the end, but at what cost? With this trust now broken, his relationship with the MMA world may never be the same.

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Robocop Didnt Tap- February 4, 2010 at 6:37 am
I want to see a rematch. Then I want to see Melvin vs. Cung Le just to hear Mauro wet his pants over two guys w/ K-1 level kickboxing ability duke it out. Then, give me Melvin vs. Scott Smith so we can see if Smith's head is the USA's version of Fujita's head. Let's not forget a Shields/Jacare matchup after Henderson clownstomps Shields. All kinds of entertaining fights @ 185 in Strikeforce.

Melvin must also go back to wearing his gladiator trunks. His badassery is raised 20% and he gets a 30% bonus to striking defense when wearing them.
FowlBeast- February 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm
Lucky shot or not, a W is a W. Anybody remember Carwin & Gonzaga?
TrouserSnout- February 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm
@ T_Durden's a simple case of cause and effect. The cause....1 lucky punch.....The Effect.......A spectacular KO....
T_Durden- February 3, 2010 at 12:23 pm

You have to admit that as spectacular as it might have been, it was that much more spectacularly lucky. Sure it'll go down as a win on his record, and I guess that's what matters. But this win did nothing for how fans perceive him. He's lucky to have walked out of that cage on his own.
LargeMidget- February 3, 2010 at 11:40 am
Hey, remember when Cecil Peoples said leg kicks don't end fights?
TheFactor- February 3, 2010 at 10:35 am

Robbie won with a spectacular knock out ... end of story.
ghostboner- February 3, 2010 at 10:30 am
If you look up the term "punchers chance" in the dictionary, you will find a photo of Robbie Lawler.

Clue-by-Four- February 3, 2010 at 10:04 am
Lawlor is the new mayor of Luckytown. If he didn't catch Melvin with that punch, he would probably be in a wheelchair right now. Those leg kicks were monstrous.
Eddie Strike- February 3, 2010 at 10:01 am
I hate seeing fighters win like this.

Lawler still sucks for me, he's proved nothing.
hotsaucemonster- February 3, 2010 at 10:00 am
wow last week i posted a comment saying that what happen during that fight had nothing to do with his game plan and he just said that it did so it would seem like he was more in control and then everyone was like "no way it called rope-a-dope".
robthom- February 3, 2010 at 9:59 am
Alright we get it.

You think it was dumb luck and Robbie Lawler has never knocked anyone out purposely.
steampunk22- February 3, 2010 at 9:53 am

definitely, i bet its all sorts of foul looking, especially since its been a few days now. that leg got JACKED up, I remember it getting to the point where I was almost wincing every time manhoef through a kick.

Also, MMATKO is finally back up! That bitch was down for a few weeks. Good news for all the aggregate mma blogs and such.

I wonder if this fight was basically a setup for contender match for middleweight. Strikeforce has a tendency to milk their big names a bit, so are we maybe going to see Lawler vs. Henderson for a title short against Shields? Or is Strikeforce just going to through Henderson in for the belt right away and Lawler gets setup for the contender position? Either of these fights are good, its too bad Strikeforce doesnt have much else in their middleweight division beyond these two/three fights though. I guess it doesnt matter so much if you only have a few shows a year, but still.
ghostboner- February 3, 2010 at 9:43 am
Or Robert "Limp Leg" Lawler III. Well CP it is not quite the hot lamp interrogation from Elias that I was hoping for, but you have complied with my request for a Lawler's Leg update, and my hat is off to you, good sirs.
echoxer0- February 3, 2010 at 9:08 am
officially Robbie "the Liar" Lawler
BuckWild- February 3, 2010 at 9:00 am
It would be cool if Lawlor posted a pic of his leg someplace. You know.. before it heals.. I bet that thing is black and blue !
VisitingDeadAncestors- February 3, 2010 at 8:59 am
i can't agree entirely with the sarcasm on Lawler's punch... i mean, Manhoef was in real close. He didn't have to see exactly where his face was to land that punch, they were right in front of eachother!
congrats Lawler. tough break Melvin.
Sakuraba3900- February 3, 2010 at 8:58 am
He's just like my ex gf A liar with a vicious overhand right.
Ganja Man 10- February 3, 2010 at 8:50 am
finally 1st ooh the months on end i have waited!!
... lawlers legs got abused but damn .. that right hand! wooo shit!
that is all, good day!
Ganja Man 10- February 3, 2010 at 8:48 am