Robbie Lawler has been in crazy wars since stepping back into the Octagon in 2013. Lawler’s title defense against Rory MacDonald in 2015 was marked the “Fight of the Year” and is up there for one of the greatest battles in the UFC. Just two days into 2016 with another strong campaign in a war with Carlos Condit for the same award, some interesting facts come to light.
Lawler improved to 8-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2013. The lone defeat during that stretch came to former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.
Lawler’s five-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is tied for the longest active streak in the division.
Lawler became the second fighter in UFC history to win two title fights by split decision. Benson Henderson has also accomplished the feat.
Lawler’s nine knockdowns landed in UFC welterweight competition are tied with Jake Ellenberger for second most in divisional history behind Thiago Alves (11).
Lawler has a 16:1 knockdown ratio in UFC/PRIDE/Strikeforce/EliteXC competition.
Lawler’s significant strike disadvantage of -82 was the most of any fighter to win a decision in UFC history.
Lawler has landed 576 significant strikes over his past six UFC appearances.
Lawler has absorbed 691 significant strikes in UFC competition since Jan. 1, 2013, the most of any fighter in the company since that date.
Lawler’s 531 significant strikes absorbed in UFC title fights are the most history.
Lawler absorbs 5.5 significant strikes per minute in UFC title fights, the second most in history behind Frank Mir (6.3).
With his first professional fight dating back to 2001, one can only question how much of a toll the fights are taking on his body. One thing is for certain, Robbie Lawler is a fighter’s fighter, and will look to bring everything he’s got time and time again.