Following UFC 214, it looks like the promotion might call on Robbie Lawler to challenge for the welterweight title again, but it sounds like the former champ’s good either way.
Lawler took on Donald Cerrone on Saturday night, and battled his way to a tightly contested, decision win. The bout marked the first time “Ruthless” had fought since last July, when he lost the belt to Tyron Woodley via knockout.
Well, since Dana White was less than thrilled with Woodley’s decision win over Demian Maia on Saturday, he’s said he’s thinking about tapping Lawler for a title shot. Prior to UFC 214, White had said Georges St-Pierre would likely fight the winner of Woodley – Maia, but now, due to the fight’s poor reviews, the promotion’s looking at Michael Bisping – GSP. Thus, Lawler is back in the title shot mix. after scoring a win.
But, when Lawler was asked about fighting the belt again, the dangerous fighter said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I’m not too worried about that,” Lawler said. “I need to work on myself, get better and make sure I’m in better shape. If I’m in better shape and can get into people’s faces for 25 minutes, I think I could be the best in the world.”
If you’ve followed Lawler over the years, then you know that response shouldn’t really surprise you. You have to wonder, however, if he wasn’t a bit surprised upon hearing White’s comments about him receiving a title shot. Although Lawler is a fan favorite, he was knocked out by Woodley in the opening round, and has scored just one win now since that fight.
But, would a lot of folks like to see Woodley – Lawler II? Of course. Lawler was also asked for his take on the fight with Cerrone, which as noted above, was a closely contested contest.
“I won the first, won the third,” Lawler said. “Pressed him, whatever. You leave it up to the judges, you never know what’s going to happen. He fought hard. I thought I was going to finish him in the first.
Cerrone, meanwhile, has now lost two straight, after winning four in a row following a move up from lightweight.