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The New Generation of UFC Fighters

Robbie Lawler Is Not Your Stepping Stone
By: Nick "The Tooth" Gullo, FIGHTLAND
"The young devour the old. It’s a brutal fact of the fight game. Just as the old resist, denying their slowing reactions and antiquated strategies. 'I feel better than ever.' 'This is the best I’ve felt in camp.' 'I’m gonna teach this young buck a lesson.' But there are no microphones in the Octagon. In the Octagon, forget the pre-fight build-up—a fighter eats what he kills.

"It’s no different in the jungle. A silverback rules the tribe, calling the shots, enjoying the choicest grub, and a harem of females—that is until a young bull challenges for the throne. The others circle, cheering the vicious action. If the silverback dominates, the others quiet and he reigns until the next challenge. But losing, he sulks into the trees and the young bull enjoys his spoils.

"It’s just evolution. And a few million years isn’t that long when you consider last weekend’s action at UFC Fight Night: Lawler vs Brown.

"Or as I like to think of it, UFC Fight Night: Out with the Old, In with the New."

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