Coach: Robbie Lawler is the best welterweight in the world


Following Robbie Lawler derailing of welterweight heir apparent Rory MacDonald on Saturday night, Lawler's striking coach Matt Peña came on the UnderGround and made a bold statement.

Thanks to the diehard Ruthless Fans

From: Matt Pena
Member Since: 4/2/05
Posts: 168

I'm Coach Matt Peña, Robbie's striking coach. I just wanted to give a shout out and thanks to all of the diehard Robbie Lawler fans. When everyone else in the world was underestimating Robbie Lawler, many of you were telling it like it is, here, on the underground.

It's unfortunate some are discrediting Rory McDonald now. I thought he was gonna break and he showed me he had a lot of heart. Much respect to him. He will be back in the winning column soon. He just faced one of the strongest guys in the division, someone that can't be bullied or pushed around at 170lbs.

I'm sure there are still some doubters and that's great, we don't mind being the dog, but I'm telling you, Robbie is the best WW in the world. I'll be the only one saying it for now. It's my belief. I thought that when Robbie was helping me corner Hughes when he lost to GSP and Koscheck. Both times Matt lost, I would look at Robbie and think, 'you are going to beat both of these guys.'

One down and one to go. If GSP doesn't want to fight any more. I hope they do set up Lawler and Hendrix. It would be an amazing fight. UFC fans deserve a champ at WW that isn't afraid to end the fight early. We would love to bring that WW belt back to Iowa for a fourth time. I don't mean to sound over confident, I just have a strong strong belief. Again to Rob's diehard fans thank you so much. You guys have no idea how happy he is to chat with you all. Best Regards!

At the post fight press conference, Lawler expressed world-class designs on the title.

“I think what we should probably do if Georges takes off for a half a year or a year, Hendricks and I fight for an interim title," said Lawler. "And when Georges comes back, I’ll beat him up, too. Let’s do this.”

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HolyHackZack site profile image  

11/18/13 5:32 PM by HolyHackZack

Understood, I've always got a lot of respect for normal guys that make it to the top. If he ever wants a good ego stroke he's got more fans than detractors around here.

Ten eight round site profile image  

11/18/13 4:55 PM by Ten eight round

I picked him to win by KO early.Was probs more impressed with the decision

KingofBJJ site profile image  

11/18/13 4:30 PM by KingofBJJ

Well if he is the best, then lets see him and Hendricks fight while GSP has decided to fade away to god knows where?

I delivered U site profile image  

11/18/13 4:00 PM by I delivered U

I could see him ripping right through Hendricks as long as Robbie is 100% healthy.

irishrottie site profile image  

11/18/13 3:10 PM by irishrottie

One of the first guys I started watching. So awesome to see you kicking ass in the UFC again Robbie.

ABE FROMAN site profile image  

11/18/13 3:07 PM by ABE FROMAN

Rory is like Mousasi to me, a lot of promise but doesn't seem to get over the hump. I pretty much knew Robbie was going to win it.

ReturnofTheShah site profile image  

11/18/13 2:15 PM by ReturnofTheShah

I am Canadian but it was maybe the most satisfying moment of my life seeing Rory run out of the cage after like a little girl throwing a tantrum.I only wish Robbie got the KO.Can't wait to see him fight for the belt.

CrazyPope site profile image  

11/18/13 2:14 PM by CrazyPope

I've been a big Rory fan since the Condit fight,but I was really glad to see Robbie get the win Saturday. Rory frustrated the shit out of me with how he fought, it was way too conservative. Robbie went in looking to finish him and made it a much better fight. Good for him and I'm excited to see what's next for him.

Poindexter site profile image  

11/18/13 2:08 PM by Poindexter

Loved seeing Lawler run through Rory.

BernardHopkins site profile image  

11/18/13 2:04 PM by BernardHopkins

I enjoy seeing him fight and always get excited when i hear he is on a card i just dont see how anyone could make such a claim rory completely shut him down the first 2 rounds and did most of the 3rd until lawler caught him besides that, lawler was completely gassed, i mean compeltely in that 3rd round.  i thought for sure he was going to lose the decision 2 rounds to 1 only because he was too tired to get off rory and go for the finish he was 100% stalling towards the end because he had nothing left he will have problems with most of the top 10 if he doesnt get his cardio together and if his coaches dont come up with some legit gameplans throwing 100% power shots and gassing out in 10 minutes wont get him much further than where he is now...which isnt a bad place, but at this point he hasnt done anything to suggest he is even top 10 at 170, let alone the best in the world lol. no offense, just being honest as i am about all the fighters i like. no reason to pretend i dont see it  


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