Robbie Lawler Reflects on Memorable 1st-Round KO Victory at UFC 290, Responds To Conor McGregor’s Tweet

"Ruthless" was moved by his thrilling retirement fight win at UFC 290 and not bothered by McGregor's claim.

Robbie Lawler
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  • Robbie Lawler is overwhelmed by his KO win in his retirement fight at UFC 290
  • “Ruthless” shared his honest take on Conor McGregor

Former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler entered the Octagon for the final time at UFC 290 and he did not fail to deliver. “Ruthless” triumphantly capped off his MMA career with a vicious first-round KO win over Niko Price. It was indeed Lawler’s last fight but Conor McGregor predicted he would be back before the year ends, a claim “Ruthless” didn’t really pay attention to.

Everything fell into Place

Speaking to reporters during his post-fight presser, Lawler revealed that he happened to feel very good about his body and his shots landed perfectly. As a result, he secured his first first-round KO win in ten years.

“I felt really good in the back. My feet were moving like I wanted to move and it’s been a while since that happened,” Lawler opened up. “And when my feet are moving that way, usually the hands follow pretty well so I landed a decent shot coming in, a little uppercut that kind of grazes his chin maybe, [the] temple and maybe rock him and then when he went to clinch, all those were hard heavy shots and it was just rough for him because it was just too many good shots in a row, in the right spots and that’s why he was crumbled but yeah it was what it was.”

No time for Conor

When asked about McGregor confidently predicting he would make a comeback, Lawler said that even though a fight with “Notorious” is undeniably massive, none of that is in his mind at this point.

“Why, does Conor want to fight? I mean, that’s a big fight, but no, I’m not really thinking about those things. When you… I felt good today, that’s the thing. If I felt good for seven full weeks and that kind of thing, and if the fight only went for so long. You never know, but I feel good with everything I’ve accomplished, and this is a good way to go out,” Lawler explained.

“He’s just trying to get me gassed up, I’m sure, but I’m not focusing on any of that right now. Just relaxing, and trying to embrace this moment,” he continued.

Lawler has had a remarkable MMA career and it wouldn’t be a shock if he winds up being in the UFC Hall of Fame in the future. He’s been a professional MMA fighter since 2001 and made his UFC debut in 2002.

Lawler joined the UFC as a former EliteXC champion and Strikeforce contender. He won the welterweight title in 2014 after beating Johnny Hendricks at UFC 181. He lost his belt to Tyron Woodley at UFC 201 and went 3-5 in his next eight fights en route to retirement.

Published on July 9, 2023 at 1:46 pm
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