Robbie Lawler: I Am ‘Beast Again’ Ahead Of UFC 235
Former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler last fought in December of 2017 at UFC on FOX 26 where he suffered a unanimous decision loss after five round of war against former lightweight titleholder Rafael dos Anjos. The worse thing was following his bout he complained about leg pain and later UFC president Dana White confirmed with Yahoo! Sports that ‘Ruthless’ “blew his ACL and meniscus‘ in the third round. Despite that, Lawler toughed out and fought until the last round. As expected he underwent knee surgery.
Now he’s returning to Octagon after one year of layoff at UFC 235 against newly acquired former ONE and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren. This fight will surely test his skills against “Funky’s” wrestling, but “Ruthless” is confident and feeling like his old self.
“I feel damn frickin’ good right now,” Lawler said. “I don’t know when it clicked that, holy (expletive), I’m a beast again. But I am.
“But that was always the goal – just get back to work and everything will fall into place. I just believed in myself that it was going to happen at the right time. I can’t wait to show everybody how hard I’ve been working.”
Moreover, Lawler said his entire focus is on his training and not paying attention to unnecessary conjectures ahead of his fight. Askren made lots of waves since joining the UFC and took shots on every fighter. ‘Ruthless’ says he’s not getting under the influence of Askren’s trash talk.
“I don’t think and play those games,” Lawler told MMAjunkie Radio. “I don’t really care. I don’t spend much time on he said she said, what you think about why and how.
“Really, I’ve just been trying to grind and get better every day and spend time with my family. I don’t really dabble into why Dana did this, why Askren said that. But I do see stuff that Askren says that I think is funny. Other than that, I don’t pay much attention to it.”
Lawler was on a five-fight winning streak which included two successful welterweight title defenses; however, Tyron Woodley ended his reign with a first-round knockout win. After that, he scores one win over Donald Cerrone.
“Ruthless” is entering into this contest with a loss in his kitty, so to impress others he needs to solidify his position as 170-pounds in this contest.
Feel free to drop your predictions. What do you think of Lawler saying he’s beast again?