After debuting in mixed martial arts (MMA) nearly 15 years ago, “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler finally became a UFC champion in 2014, and has since defended his welterweight title in an instant classic against Rory MacDonald last summer.
Now scheduled to put his crown on the line for the second time when he meets Carlos Condit in the main event of this Saturday’s (January 2, 2016) UFC 195, Lawler recently reflected on his lengthy career, adding in his plans for the future:
“I’ve been around a while,” Lawler told UFC.com. “But, it’s what I do and what I love to do. I always believed I would be a UFC champion. And I believe I will be successful in this defense as I was in my last.”
With “The Natural Born Killer”, Lawler will be taking on a vicious well-rounded finisher who never shies away from a war inside of the Octagon. Fortunately for us fans, Lawler inhabits much of the same which could provide for a bloody slug fest on fight night.
The “Ruthless” one continued on, touching on the strengths of his opponents, noting that he’s well aware that Condit is gunning for the throne:
“Carlos is a guy who will come in there in good shape and he’s a guy who can do it all,” Lawler said. “He trains at one of the best training camps in the world, so I expect him to have a great game plan. I expect a finely tuned athlete who is always looking to finish his fights. I know he’s looking to take my title.”
If Lawler can indeed defend his title for the second time, he will continue his hot streak and continue to cement his resurged legacy into the history books. Speaking of his legacy, the “Ruthless” one wants to be remembered as just that: a fighter who fought back and became a champion:
“I want my legacy to be of someone who was a tough fighter,” he said, “someone who — even in losses — still believed in himself and came back fight after fight to prove he’s a champion, and one who never made excuses.”
Will Lawler come out on top this weekend?