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Morning Report: Matt Brown and John McCarthy defend controversial low blow call

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

After seeing UFC lightweight Jim Miller given time to recover from a phantom low blow in his main event bout with Donald Cerrone on Jul. 16 in Atlantic City we saw another instance of the blown call Saturday night in San Jose. During the main event between welterweights Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown at UFC on FOX 12, referee John McCarthy halted action during the third round after Lawler hurt Brown with a shot to the abdomen. McCarthy called the shot low, but replays indicated it to be clean above the waistline. A victim of the missed call, Lawler wasn't given the opportunity to pounce on his opponent while Brown was given time to recover. Lawler would go on to claim the unanimous decision victory (49-46, 49-46, 48-47).

UFC president Dana White brought the kick up with Ariel Helwani during the event's post show on FOX Sports 1 and was surprised by McCarthy's call.

"That kick was legal that hurt Brown to the body," said White. "I thought McCarthy would have seen it. McCarthy was staring right at it. I thought he was looking at it. That wasn't a low blow. That was a legal kick that hurt Brown bad."

Criticized over social media for the incident, Brown defended himself Sunday via his Facebook page.

"First off thanks to ‪#‎theimmortalarmy‬ for your constant support," said Brown. "Second off I've read some things saying that said I faked the nut shot. I would never do that in my fucking life. That's bullshit. Period. End of story."

To further clarify the situation, McCarthy took to Twitter to insist that neither fighter was at fault.

With his win, Lawler secured himself a title shot and rematch with UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks likely to be booked Jan. 3 at UFC 182, according to White.



Aftermath. Dave Doyle asks is Robbie Lawler is already the 2014 Fighter of the Year.

'Frail.' Luke Rockhold thinks Vitor Belfort's body will fall apart before his title fight with Chris Weidman, allowing him to step in. 'If he's clean and healthy he'll probably get injured.'

Re-booked. The rematch between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes will now take place Oct. 25 at UFC 179 in Brazil.

'Complicated.' Dana White hints at problems getting a deal done to sign Gina Carano.

Wrap-up. Ariel Helwani and Dave Doyle recap and break down the action from Saturday night in San Jose.




Robbie Lawler and Anthony Johnson speak post-fight with Joe Rogan.


Dana White reacts to UFC on FOX 12.


UFC on FOX 12 presser highlighters. Full presser here.


Highlights from RFA 16.


Another rough night for Melvin Manhoef.


I'll take soccer kicks anyway I can.


Long watches.

The Jim Norton Show: Mike Tyson and Dana White (Part 2)


EFC 32 Countdown: Fadipe vs Speechly, Allen vs Nienaber



Make sure to check out our Pros React piece for instant reaction from UFC on FOX 12.


Victory lap.


Better luck next time.


Rematch is on.


Eat up.


Strong words.


Together again.




Werdum vs. some indeterminate amount of children.



Announced this weekend (Jul. 25-27 2014)

Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya at UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski 2

Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson at UFC Fight Night: Stockholm

Henry Cejudo vs. Scott Jorgensen at UFC 177

Ernest Chavez vs. Zubaira Tukhugov at UFC Fight Night: Stockholm

Ruslan Magomedov vs. Richard Odoms at UFC 177

Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes at UFC 179



Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Bad to the Bone.

The UFC 178 Shuffle: Jones vs Cormier

The Light Heavyweight title picture just took a detour from its intended course, from Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson, to Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones. Jones has said that he wanted this fight from the start, and as a fan, so did I. The big three at the top of the light heavyweight division, Jones, Cormier and Gustafsson, is likely going to be where fan interest is drawn to over the next year. I don't imagine any other 205s will do enough to get their name into the number one contender equation anytime soon, until the dust settles between these three - I think Chris Weidman will be in the title talk sooner than anyone else. Let's just imagine a few hypothetical scenario's this shuffle can provide fans. In a perfect Jon Jones world, Jones beats Cormier, vacates his title, and moves up to heavyweight, dethrones Cormier's training partner, and heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez - its possible, but likely not so straight forward.

Cormier adds elements to the light heavyweight division no one, including Jones, brings. Olympic gold medal experience, wisdom that comes with age (along with being in his physical prime), the mentality of an undefeated fighter (Jones is also undefeated, only loss is a DQ), but what sets Cormier apart, is a solid resume with dominant wins over Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva, Roy Nelson, and Frank Mir. Jones wins are over much smaller opponents, most who have competed at middleweight. I think Cormier's wrestling, trumps the reach advantage both Jones and Gustafsson have on him. Cormier could potentially rule the division, don't forget he exited Strikeforce as the Heavyweight champ.


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