Given the fact Robbie Lawler has only seen three fights in the UFC, all which have taken place this year, there will be some that questions the UFC’s decision to pit him against Johny Hendricks for the vacant welterweight title. There is no question that Hendricks should compete for the vacant title, seeing as how many feel he defeated Georges St. Pierre, but Lawler may be questioned by some.
Lawler is definitely the best business choice for the vacant title fight. He is on one heck of a roll. He also carries a strong storyline with him into the title fight. At 31-years-old, Lawler is on the comeback. He has defeated two decent opponents (Bobby Voelker and Josh Koscheck) and the proclaimed heir-apparent to GSP’s throne (Rory MacDonald).
Lawler is a fan-friendly fighter who is willing to go to war with any opponent. The fact that he will be fighting another individual who is willing to stand and trade just makes the fight that much better. This is a fight the fans will love, and a bout that most definitely will not see the final bell.
The only other person who may have deserved to fight for the vacant title is Carlos Condit, whom fought GSP in another close fight but already lost to Hendricks as well. Put aside the fact Condit lost to Hendricks once, most wouldn’t have been upset if he had been placed opposite of Hendricks in a second fight.
Outside of Lawler or Hendricks, there was no one else who was qualified to compete for the vacant title. It’s certain that MMA fans will not complain after the two lock horns next year.