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UFC 196 live blog: Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor

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Corey Anderson and Tom Lalwor will square off on the UFC 196 main card Saturday night.
Corey Anderson and Tom Lalwor will square off on the UFC 196 main card Saturday night.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is the UFC 196 live blog for Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor, a light heavyweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Anderson, who has four wins in his past five fights, will face Lawlor, who has three wins in his past five fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 196 live blog below.

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Round 1: John McCarthy is the referee. Lawlor is doing the pressureing and lands hard punches as he presses Anderson against the fence. Anderson is hurt, but moving. The two are wildly exchanging, but Anderson's still in the fight. Anderson shoots, but is stuffed, but lands an inside leg kick. Inside leg kick from Anderson allows him to move away while off balancing Lawlor. Anderson lands a right, but Lawlor continues to press forward. Two right hooks score for Lawlor in tight quarters. Good right scores for Anderson now. Anderson ducks a punch and lands a left. Better second half than first half for Anderson.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Lawlor 

Round 2: Anderson slips and falls backwards, but manages to scramble back to his feet. Lawlor continues to hold center and press. Solid right hand lands for Anderson, but Lawlor lands a left in return. Anderson scores a right as Lawlor moves inside. Anderson sneaks another right through and another. Outside leg kick scores for Anderson. The right hand lands again for Anderson and he's looking much better this round. Anderson is tagged with a knee as he leans in for a feint. Good left lands for Lawlor, but the two flurry and it appears Lawlor stumbles a bit. Anderson whizzers to avoid being taken down and backs up Lawlor with strikes.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Anderson

Round 3:
Lawlor lands a right hook to kick things off. Anderson responds with a big takedown that puts him in side control on top. Anderson scores with a right on top. Lawlor tries to scramble to his base, but is flattened back out. Lawlor using a knee shield to create space and is reaching for a kimura, but can't get it. Lawlor is hanging on with double underhooks, but referee McCarthy stands them up for inactivity. Both fighters are still moving well. Inside leg kick scores for Anderson. Hard counter right scores for Anderson to end the frame.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Anderson and the fight 29-28 Anderson

Corey Anderson def. Tom Lawlor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)