Update 11:07 p.m. In a huge comeback, Bryan Barberena wins an action-packed fight with an incredible TKO. Lawler had this in hand, but a huge right from Barberena staggered him, and about two minutes later the unrelenting pressure from Barberena finally got the job done.
Update 10:45 p.m. The cage walks have begun, and we’ll be underway here in just a few minutes in Las Vegas!
It’s International Fight Week and UFC 276 will cap off things at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, July 2. The main event will see Israel Adesanya defend his middleweight title against No. 2 ranked Jared Cannonier.
In one of the five matches on the main card, former welterweight champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (29-15) will take on Bryan Barberena in what is expected to be an action-packed bout.
The 40-year-old Lawler could be nearing the end of his MMA career. He is coming off of a TKO win over Nick Diaz at UFC 266 in September, but he’s lost five of seven since dropping the welterweight title to Tyron Woodley at UFC 201 on July 30, 2016. Although no longer a top contender, Lawler remains a fan favorite and one of the great “blood and guts” fighters in MMA.
Barberena (17-8) has had a little more success in the octagon, winning two straight and three of his past four. A win over Lawler could put Barberena in line for some more marquee fights. Barberena, like Lawler, goes all out in the ring and has won multiple “Fight of the Night” bonuses during his time in the UFC.
Here are the latest odds from DraftKings Sportsbook from the bout, and we’ll update this article with live round-by-round scoring as a winner is determined.
Robbie Lawler vs. Bryan Barberena round-by-round results
Round 1: 10-9 Lawler
Just an incredible round, as Barberena threw 190 punches. But the 36 of 62 landed by Lawler certainly did more damage. If Barberena can keep this pace for three rounds it will be amazing, and he did get more damage as the round continued.
Round 2: Bryan Barberena wins by KO
OUT OF NOWHERE! With over half the round over, Lawler was still in control. But a huge right finally staggered Lawler, and he continued to wear him down until the stoppage just moments from the 10-second rap from the timekeeper.
Round 3: TBD
Over 2.5: -185
Under 2.5: +150
Lawler by KO/TKO/DQ: +350
Lawler by Submission: +2800
Lawler by Decision: +180
Barberena by KO/TKO/DQ: +380
Barberena by Submission: +1400
Barberena by Decision: +225
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