Growing up is something we all have to do. It isn’t an option. As a person grows, they become more intelligent and typically more sound in their profession as opposed to when they first began working in the field they choose. Robbie Lawler has gone through that evolution and is now ready for the next chapter in his life — being a contender for the UFC welterweight strap.
Lawler will step into the octagon opposite of a fierce striker in Johny Hendricks. He will also step into the ring with more experience, even though the two fighters are only a year apart in age. It is that experience that can help Lawler win the gold that he has long been waiting for.
In his 13 years of fighting, Lawler has managed to see it all. As a young gun in 2002, he made his UFC debut against Aaron Riley, defeating the current 30-14-1 fighter by decision. During his first tenure with the organization, Lawler had mixed results and racked up a 4-3 record. Following two-straight losses to Nick Diaz and Evan Tanner, Lawler exited the organization. That was probably the greatest thing that could have happened to him.
During his eight-year absence from the octagon, Lawler was able to grow as a person and a fighter. While still gathering mixed results in Strikeforce from 2009 to 2012, Lawler found that jumping between weight classes, though possible, isn’t necessarily a great thing to do. It was through all the ups and downs that Lawler was able to find himself.
Now back in the UFC and riding a three-fight win streak in the welterweight division against former contender Josh Koscheck, Bobby Voelker and future star Rory MacDonald, Lawler will have a chance to claim glory with a victory over Hendricks.