Robbie Lawler was supposed to face Tarec Saffiedine, and then Siyar Bahadurzada before finally settling for Bobby Voelker. The way Lawler fought at UFC on FOX 8, it might not have mattered who stood in front of him at Seattle's Key Arena.
Showing the tantalizing mix of power and speed that made Lawler a phenom so long ago and is placing him back into the contender conversation again today, Lawler knocked out Voelker at 24 seconds of the second round.
The finish came on a head kick followed by a single ground strike. It was all ref Dan Miragliotta needed to see, and it was all that was necessary. Voelker was done.
At no point during the fight did it seem like it could go any other way. Lawler showed his dominance from the opening minute, when he slammed Voelker to the mat for a takedown. Moments later, he had Voelker bloodied from the nose, and all of this was before he really found his stride.
The last two minutes of the first were target practice as he found Voelker with head kicks, jump knees and other assorted strikes. Voelker could not make the necessary adjustments between rounds, and it was soon a wrap.
Lawler, now 2-0 in his latest UFC run, improved to 21-9 with 1 no contest. Voelker, who took the fight on just two weeks' notice, dropped to 24-10.