When mainstream MMA reaches the Pacific Northwest for UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Moraga in Seattle WA., on July 27, 2013, two former Strikeforce sluggers will take to the cage. “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and Bobby “Vicious” Voelker are two knockout artists who never shy away from a back-and-forth brawl.
An unfortunate injury to the last Strikeforce welterweight titleholder Terrec Saffiedine put Siyar Bahadurzada in his place, but then another injury left Lawler without an opponent. Voelker decided to step up and fill the slot to claim his first UFC win over an opponent who is ranked at number nine in the UFC power rankings.
Lawler made an emphatic return to the UFC in his last outing at UFC 157 against Josh Koscheck, stopping the former title challenger with punches in the opening round. Now with a title run on his mind, Lawler is looking to make it two in a row with a destructive finish of Bobby Voelker on Saturday’s main card.
It’s a striker vs. striker match up that can turn out to be the most thrilling contest to take place on Fox Saturday.
Voelker showed up to the big show to welcome a former UFC middleweight title challenger Patrick Cote to the 170-pound weight class. They both came out storming and provided fight fans with some non-stop action for three entire rounds, and many of you felt like Cote got a little Canadian home cooking by getting the close decision.
There’s not many ways to describe the two. Their stand-up skills and the results they get are rather concise. Seventeen of Lawler’s twenty wins have come by way of knockout, but he hasn’t put together two-straight wins since ’07. Most of Lawler’s wins come in round one, and the majority of his losses come late in the fight or by decision. Voelker has only had a single fight in the past two years, so cardio could be an issue if the fight reaches the third round.
Can they absorb the punishment that the other dishes out? If that’s the case, then there’s no denying this will be a battle of attrition between the two. Both have a power stance and throw a lot of punches with reckless abandon. So expect to see an all out war between two stand-up fighters who are seeking a top spot at 170.
Sounds like fun.