Robbie Lawler going to fight his way on Saturday night
Robbie Lawler won the UFC welterweight championship in 2014, and successfully defended it twice, before being KOed by Tyron Woodley in 132 seconds in 2016. Lawler bounced back with a decision win over Cowboy Cerrone the next year, but lost the next three, to Rafael dos Anjos, Ben Askren, and Colby Covington.
Lawler hasn’t fought since losing to “Chaos” on August 3, 2019. He fights Neil Magny in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+ 33 on Saturday. At Wednesday’s UFC on ESPN+ 33 virtual media day, Lawler, 38, talked about it all.
“I’ve been looking to get back for a while and just couldn’t get anything together, then they just offered this one on a few weeks’ notice and I’m like, ‘All right, I guess I’m going to fight,’” said Lawler. “It is what it is. I’m going to fight. I haven’t fought for a while, so it’s nice to get back in there.”
“Right now I’m just competing. One step at a time. You have to get past this fight and showcase your skill and let people know who you are. … Everyone at Sanford has done a great job with me, and I’m excited to get out there.”
If Lawler loses, the losing streak extends to four, in a league intent on finding the next young superstar. However, Lawler has no intention of point fighting his way to a win. In fact, Robbie Lawler likely doesn’t have that in him.
“I always fight a certain way, and that’s always to try to get in the guy’s face and create a fight and get into a fight,” said Lawler. “That’s what this sport is about, I believe. Obviously guys are technical and you try to use that technique, but when push comes to shove, you try to do some damage in there.”