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Lawrence KOs Marcello to put Team Cruz in charge

ESPN staff
March 24, 2012
Justin Lawrence knocks out Cristiano Marcello © Getty Images

Justin Lawrence justified his position as Dominick Cruz's No. 1 pick as he delivered a brutal knockout of Cristiano Marcello on episode three of TUF Live.

Lawrence floored Marcello with a left hook during the second round, with the win taking Team Cruz into a 2-0 lead over Team Faber.

Cruz believes Faber paid the price for underestimating his ability to get the best out of his fighters.

"I think again Faber underestimated the way we coach and the way that we fight," Cruz said. "Regardless of what he says or thinks about himself, he's a cocky dude. It's worked out so far for our team. It's about confidence in my team, about how good they are, and about how good they listen.

"I've got a good team. Lawrence fought a perfect fight; he listened to the game plan perfectly, there's nothing I can say, everything was perfect."

Faber said: "First off, it was a great fight. I'm really proud of Marcello. It's only two weeks we've been able to be part of these guys' lives and implement what we can. But one thing you can't teach with Marcello is his heart."

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