The UFC returns to “Big FOX” on Saturday with UFC on FOX 12: Lawler vs. Brown from San Jose, Calif.
Lawler is coming off of a narrow miss against Hendricks just two fights ago, but bounced back recently against Jake Ellenberger. He now needs a win over Brown, who has been rocketing up the division, to secure another shot at the title.
Brown has won seven consecutive bouts to put himself in this position. Lawler will definitely be his toughest test to date, particularly because the two fighters are practically mirror images of each other. A win over Lawler is Brown's final step towards a coveted shot at the UFC championship belt.
The co-main event features the return of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira from injury. He has no easy task, as he faces a red-hot Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, who recently made his own return to the Octagon.
Brown missed weight by 1.5 pounds.
Typically, Brown would have been given two hours to see if he could make weight, but UFC president Dana White told reporter Ariel Helwani on the UFC on FOX Weigh-in Show on FOX Sports 1 that the California commission would not allow Brown to cut any additional weight.
White also said that the weight cutting issue would not affect whether or not the fight would be for the No. 1 contender's spot for Brown. He will not be fined by the commission or the UFC, and he will still be eligible for bonuses and the No. 1 contendership.
UFC on FOX 12 Weigh-in Results
Main Card (on FOX)
Robbie Lawler (171) vs. Matt Brown (172.5)
Anthony Johnson (204.5) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205.5)
Clay Guida (145) vs. Dennis Bermudez (146)
Josh Thomson (155) vs. Bobby Green (155.5)
Preliminary Card (on FOX)
Daron Cruickshank (155.5) vs. Jorge Masvidal (155.5)
Kyle Kingsbury (204.5) vs. Patrick Cummins (206)
Hernani Perpetuo (171) vs. Tim Means (170.5)
Mike De La Torre (146) vs. Brian Ortega (145.5)
Preliminary Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
Akbarh Arreola (155.5) vs. Tiago dos Santos (155)
Andreas Stahl (171) vs. Gilbert Burns (170)
Juliana Lima (117) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (115)
Steven Siler (146) vs. Noad Lahat (145)