When it comes to his split-decision loss to Emmanuel Sanchez last November, Bellator featherweight Justin Lawrence believes that while he wasn’t in the best condition for the fight, he still should have come out on top.
Lawrence believes the judges gave Sanchez the fight based on one moment in the fight. Otherwise, he feels he had done what was necessary to win.
“I feel I won the fight, to be honest with you,” Lawrence told MMAWeekly.com. “Obviously one punch or one kick shouldn’t win you the fight, and I felt like that’s what won him the fight.
“He caught me with a head kick at the end of the second round, with 10 seconds left, and at the end of the day it didn’t drop me. I just feel like he squeaked by with one punch or one kick, so I’d really like that fight back.”
Lawrence had difficulties getting in shape for the Sanchez fight because he had been bouncing around various training facilities. Since the bout, he’s gone back to the gym he had the most success at, and now feels like the kind of fighter who can pull off a string of wins as he had before.
“I just wasn’t properly in shape,” said Lawrence. “I was kind of switching camps, jumping around to few camps. I’m back at Alliance and I feel really good.
“I’ve been going back to my roots, and as long as I’m in shape, I’m going to be hard to beat. I’m super-excited to just go in there and show how hard I’ve been working.”
Lawrence (8-3) will get his chance to rebound when he takes on veteran Isao Kobayashi (18-3-4) in a preliminary card 145-pound bout at Bellator: Dynamite 2 in St. Louis, ….View full article