Even though many MMA fans and media expect Donald Cerrone versus Robbie Lawler to be a competitive fight, that shouldn’t be the case. Throughout his UFC career, Donald Cerrone has shown a tendency to constantly try to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. This trend has helped Cerrone win the majority of his UFC fights because his opponents didn’t have the stamina to cut angles in the process of moving backward to avoid any strikes from landing. Due to this, some adversaries are forced to give into his pressure because they would attempt to cut angles and experience early fatigue from a lack of stamina which would put them in a position to have to exchange with him. On the other hand, some opponents came to the conclusion that they were better off trading punches with him because they were aware of the fact that they didn’t have the stamina to cut angles. As a result of this, Cerrone would have ample opportunities to get within his striking range and inflict damage on his opponents. During these occasions, he would mainly throw a right leg kick followed up by a left kick to the body or a left jab with an occasional left head kick mixed in.
Although this strategy has given Cerrone so much success, there are a few flaws within this strategy that can be easily exploited by Robbie Lawler. For instance, when he would try to walk down his opponents Cerrone would always carry his hands at chest height. As a result, he would leave his head and body wide open to be countered. Due to this, Robbie will have the opportunity to land the straight left and the left or right body kick without much resistance from Cerrone. This is because he believes his chin is firm enough to withstand the counters from the opponents; While he applies constant pressure in hopes of getting the opponents to waste a substantial amount of energy trying to create distance between the two that he is going to wear down eventually. Unfortunately, Cerrone’s mentality will lead to an early demise against Lawler.