Former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler will be making his highly anticipated return to the Octagon on July 8th at UFC 213, where he will look to bounce back from a devastating first round KO loss to Tyron Woodley as he steps into the Octagon against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.
Given that Lawler has been absent from the Octagon for almost exactly a year, it’s understandable that the former champ will be returning to a division, and promotion, that look much different than the last time he fought.
He spoke on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast to discuss his return, as well as the direction the UFC is going:
“I’m just looking to have a good time and win fights and knock people out,” said Lawler. “That’s what I’ve been doing but I think I just wanted to hang out with my family a little bit more and spend some time with my son and do those types of things for a little bit. But you don’t really know with the UFC what you’re getting fight-wise. It seemed like when I first got back with the UFC it was just, ‘win fight, win fights and you get a title shot.’ So hopefully that’s still the case and we’ll see.”
“You never know what direction they’re going but first things first, I’ve got to win a fight and we’ll see after that.”
In regards to his fight with Cerrone, and Cerrone’s recent comments regarding his expectation to stand and trade with the former champ, Robbie Lawler stated:
“I’m not really too worried about that right now. That’s a little ways out. I’m just getting my body in shape and making sure I work on all my skills. Wherever the fight goes, I want to be prepared. But if someone’s standing right in the middle with me, they’re getting beat up.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/25/2017.