Making excuses is not Robbie Lawler’s strong suit.
In the wake of his UFC 171 loss to Johny Hendricks, his song has remained the same when it comes to Q&A time. “I need to go back to work, work on some things … I should have brought the fight to him more” he said in the post-fight press conference. Spoken like a true professional.
The fight was incredibly close. Many people including UFC president Dana White agree that it could have gone either way by the beginning of the fifth round.
The look of disappointment on Lawler’s face during the press conference was not that of righteous indignation because the judges did not vote in his favor. Rather, it was the look of a guy who had given it his all and was genuinely bummed out that he lost. Perhaps even the staunchest of Hendricks fans were moved to at least give the guy due credit for his candor.
In a recent interview posted on MMA Junkie, he continued to support his original position “I just need to get better, plain and simple. Regrets are for something you have when you can’t change. I have the opportunity to get better as a fighter so there’s no reason to regret anything, you just get better.”
Getting better is exactly what he has done since dropping from 185 pounds to 170 when he returned to the UFC from Strikeforce. He is convinced that his best days are ahead, granted that he continues to improve.
When asked what things he needs to improve to win the title he replies: “Everything. I need to improve in all aspects. Striking, stamina, strength, speed, Jiu Jitsu, wrestling – everything.” Lawler is set to face Jake Ellenberger in UFC 173, whether his entire game improves that quickly remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: his stand-up game outside the cage is world class.