“Originally Put This Fight on Prelims” – UFC World in Awe as Bryan Barberena Calls for $100K in Bonus After Insane Robbie Lawler Finish at UFC 276

Published 07/02/2022, 11:19 PM EDT

Robbie Lawler returned to action at UFC 276 against a streaking Bryan Barberena in the welterweight division. ‘Ruthless‘ and ‘Bam Bam‘ went to war in a back-and-forth contest. The 40-year-old, Lawler, put on a show in the T-Mobile Arena with the help of his dance partner, who did a little more than him to secure a finish at the end of the second round.

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After bouncing back from four straight losses and coming off a win against Nick Diaz, Lawler looked better than ever, but the 33-year-old continued his winning streak. He improved to an 18-8-0 MMA record. The winner asked for a $100K bonus from UFC President Dana White, as he has never done before.

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The Kill Cliff FC standout started well, but ‘Bam Bam’ showed he was not going anywhere, taking all the shots coming from Lawler. Although, the San Diego, California-born athlete, put on a good show even in defeat. Lawler moved to a 29-16-0, (1 NC) MMA record after UFC 276 loss.

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Barberena and Lawler‘s high-paced bout impressed the fight fanatics. Subsequently, they shared their initial thoughts about a chaotic contest between these two gritty athletes.

MMA fans react to the Robbie Lawler vs. Bryan Barberena bout at UFC 276

The MMA Lab representative Barberena’s performance thrilled the fans who reacted to the amazing contest between gamed welterweights on the main card of UFC 276.

The exciting bout saw both fighters pour their heart out, but knowing how these two have performed in their prior bouts, it came as no surprise for MMA followers. However, the promotion originally placed this main card contest in the prelims.

Lawler vs. Barberena was initially slated for the prelims

The UFC had put the Miesha Tate vs. Lauren Murphy bout on the main card. But because of some unfortunate circumstance, that contest got pushed away. Since it was a five-bout card, the promotion shifted the former welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler & a welterweight prospect, Bryan Barberena to the main card.

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Looking at how the contest fared, the decision panned out well for the UFC.

Barberena, taking all the damaging shots from ‘Ruthless’ but staying composed eventually to finish the bout, was a thing of beauty. Despite all the efforts from Lawler, ‘Bam Bam’ stayed in his face and got the job done. Thus, with a win over a former UFC champion, big things are awaiting him in the welterweight division.

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What do you make of the welterweight war between Robbie Lawler and Bryan Barberena? Share your opinion in the comments below.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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