Many UFC fighters find the transition from traditional professional fights to the lights, flare, and glare of the Octagon to be overwhelming and sometimes a little interfering. Privacy often goes out of the window, and you are no longer fighting for yourself or your family, but fighting for your hometown, for your country, for your FANS. This often changes the way a fighter comes into a fight and the way they train. One of the more obvious examples of this is Nick Diaz. He has often said in interviews that the media and the post and pre-fight scrums and photo-ops have made him nervous and uncomfortable, and to this day he seems to be very uncomfortable in front of the cameras.
The same is true for Robbie Lawler. Though he is always very polite, well spoken, and articulate in front of cameras, and has certainly had his share of photo and media attention in the last few weeks, there was a point where the whole idea of publicity was still a little weird and intimidating. At the UFC 171 pre-fight media scrum he explained how getting over things like the media lead to a change in his maturity and mentality towards the fight game.
“My mentality was I’m just going to go in there and beat this guy up. I’m going to go lay in my hotel not say very much and just go in there and fight, beat people up. Now, there’s a lot more to it. A lot more media involved, a lot more interviews. There’s just a lot more going on in this sport. At that point in time I wasn’t ready for the media attention and now I am.”
“I think when I came back to the UFC, I wanted to embrace everything and make sure I enjoyed the experience. Being around Matt Hughes, he showed me what it takes and what’s expected of you when you fight in the UFC.”
He even spoke about the influence that fan favorite Matt Hughes had on his professionalism.
“…it showed me what a true professional was and I’m just trying to do the same.”
(Transcription via bloodyelbow.com)
By Kenya OwensTags: Matt Hughes, robbie lawler