Former EliteXC middleweight champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler caused quite a stir over the weekend, appearing alongside Matt Hughes at UFC 90, causing many to speculate he’d soon be returning to the octagon.
Though Lawler didn’t confirm an impending UFC return in a recent statement, he has talked briefly with UFC President Dana White regarding a potential return and is confident he’ll be “just fine”:
As everyone knows Elite XC is no longer around. I enjoyed my time working for them and I was treated really well. Thank you to everyone at Proelite for the opportunity to fight in front of millions of fans.
Last week I spent at the UFC with Matt Hughes. The atmosphere was awesome as usual. I spent time talking to Monte Cox about what my options are. I also had a brief conversation with the very busy prez of the UFC. All that said I think I will be just fine. I will blog when i sign with an organization. Until then I will keep my self in good shape.
Lawler, along with the rest of EliteXC’s fighters, are caught in a state of flux due to their contracts with the recently bankrupt promotion. However, according to Lawler’s manager Monte Cox, in an interview with Sherdog, he could become a free agent in a matter of days:
“There’s a warranty clause in the contract that you can challenge if they have enough money to fulfill the contract. Obviously, right now, they do not. I notified them of what I considered to be breach of contract and they have 30 days to respond. They have to prove they can fulfill it or we’re a free agent. We’ve done everything we can do. Now, they may fight [the claim of breach of contract], but we can’t do anything at the moment. Right now, there’s no one at Elite to even talk to us. If I wanted to ask, there’s nobody there.”
Lawler, who trains out of Hughes’ H.I.T. Squad, is undefeated in his last six-straight fights, including victories over Joey Villasenor, Frank Trigg, Murilo Rua, and Scott Smith.