In the third round of Saturday’s “UFC on FOX 12” scrap between Matt Brown (pictured) and Robbie Lawler, Brown was granted time to recover after receiving what appeared to be a kick to the groin.
However, the live audience booed after SAP Center in San Jose replayed the controversial strike on the big screen. Lawler’s kick was clean and Brown faked the illegal blow – so say some fight fans.
Just don’t you dare say that to Brown’s face.
“First off thanks to #theimmortalarmy for your constant support,” Brown posted on his official Facebook page. “Second off I’ve read some things saying that said I faked the nut shot. I would never do that in my f****** life. That’s bulls***. Period. End of story.”
Referee “Big” John McCarthy, who was the third man inside the octagon, took to Twitter to defend his split-second call.
“For information, the kick thrown by Robbie was legal, his shin moved Matt Browns cup, you could hear it, that’s why Matt was given a moment,” McCarthy wrote.
Brown didn’t attend the post-fight press conference, but he and Lawler did exchange pleasantries via Twitter. Lawler never accused Brown of faking the ball blast.
And there you have it.
Lawler ultimately wound up taking a unanimous decision victory on Saturday. “Ruthless” now advances to a rematch with welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, which is expected to take place in early 2015.