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WATCH ONLINE: Lawler vs Dos Anjos UFC Winnipeg Live Stream

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  By ALEX BALLENTINE | Bleacher Report

Rafael Dos Anjos picked up a statement win over Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC on Fox 26 from Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Saturday. 

The welterweight took the former champion to task for five rounds, picking up the clean sweep on all three judges' scorecards (50-45, 50-45, 50-45). 

Dos Anjos began the first round impressively. RDA countered Lawler's pressure with leg kicks and scored points in the clinch, answering the early question of whether Lawler would be too strong for the former lightweight.

The second round saw things heat up considerably as Dos Anjos had Lawler rocked in the early going. Even though the Brazilian unloaded his entire arsenal, he couldn't draw the finish

It looked like Lawler might have been able to reverse his fortunes in the third round. Dos Anjos' cardio was in question after he appeared gassed at the end of the second round, but he responded with a takedown to open the frame. 

Later, Ruthless scored points of his own in the clinch, but a standing elbow scored a knockdown for RDA. Dos Anjos finished the round in top position, and it appeared that another frame would be scored for him. 

The championship rounds proved to be no obstacle for Dos Anjos. The leg kicks piled up on Lawler as he struggled to put weight on his lead leg, and Dos Anjos took advantage. RDA finished the round with a flashy flying knee, looking for the highlight-reel knockout

Dos Anjos couldn't draw the finish, but it was as comprehensive a win as one would expect against someone with Lawler's toughness. It was the kind of performance that should have plenty of people looking for him to get another shot at UFC gold—this time against Tyron Woodley. 

Overall, the fans in Winnipeg were treated to an exciting night of fights. Here's a look at the complete results from the card, which featured plenty of finishes: 

Main card 
  • Robbie Lawler def. Rafael Dos Anjos via unanimous decision
  • Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via first-round TKO (4:33)
  • Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision
  • Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via first-round TKO (2:45)
  • Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (RNC) (R2, 2:14)
  • Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via first-round TKO (4:10)
  • Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via first-round KO (0:59)
  • John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via second-round KO (2:14)
  • Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
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