“Ruthless” Robbie Lawler seemed as durable as they come in his five-round championship UFC fights leading up to his UFC 201 bout with Tyron Woodley.
Lawler was in brutal wars in every one of his UFC championship fights leading up to Saturday’s event, taking 2015’s Fight of the Year against Rory MacDonald and already put up another potential Fight of the Year for 2016 in January against Carlos Condit.
Following his first round KO loss to Woodley, Lawler was asked during the post-fight press conference if he thinks any of the previous wars have taken a toll on his body, which ultimately led to the second KO loss of his career.
“I think it’s just a guy who took advantage of a big punch and rocked me and jumped on me and finished the job,” Lawler said (transcribed by Sherdog). “I’m not gonna speculate on that. I felt great going into the fight. So no excuses.”
Lawler said that Woodley executed perfectly off his reaction.
“I think right at the end he feinted and I reached with my hands and he threw a punch over the top. He took an advantage of an opportunity,” Lawler said.
While Lawler wants nothing more than to rematch Woodley for the belt, “Ruthless” knows that it isn’t as easy as just asking for the rematch.
“Obviously I think if I went back in there I’d get a win,” he said. “Deserve and actually getting are two different things, but yeah I feel like I deserve something. But we’ll see if I get it.”