Former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler is coming off a devastating 1st round KO loss to Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 201 back in August which saw him lose the UFC welterweight championship.
Following the loss, it appeared as though Lawler was poised for a quick turnaround when it was announced that he was slated to fight Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 205 in November, the UFC’s inaugural event at the Madison Square Garden in New York following the legalization of MMA.
Unfortunately however, Lawler backed out of the fight shortly after it was announced, according to the initial report, Lawler wasn’t injured, but wanted longer before stepping into the Octagon again following his loss to Woodley.
More recently, Lawler was linked to a potential bout with former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre, who was rumored to be returning to the Octagon after a 3-year hiatus following his split decision win over Johny Hendricks back in 2013. Unfortunately, the fight never materialized as St-Pierre & the UFC were unable to reach a deal, and he reportedly terminated his contract with the promotion.
During a recent interview with ESPN, Lawler spoke about the potential bout, saying:
“I think everyone just kind of assumes [health] is the issue, but that’s not the facts,” Lawler said. “It’s one of those things where I wanted to take a step back and realize what I wanted and why I wanted it. My whole life I’ve went out there and strived, and this time I needed to take a step back, relax and not rush it — make sure all the pieces were in the perfect place.”
“He says he was offered a fight against me but I wasn’t healthy or whatever. He’s basically trying to read between the lines like other people, not knowing what’s the matter with me,” Lawler said. “Nothing is the matter with me. Do you accept the fight or not? That’s the real question, right? Because I’m ready to fight right now. Did you accept it or not? I’m guessing you didn’t. Don’t try to hide behind, ‘I’m not healthy.’ That’s not the facts.
“I’m always ready to fight that guy. I’ve been training my whole life to fight a guy like him — and him, in particular. So don’t use my name or try to hide behind something you think might be happening but is not. If he doesn’t want the fight, shut up.”
While there is certainly a long way to go until a potential bout between St-Pierre and Lawler can take place, do you think this fight will ever happen?