If you had told someone two years ago that Robbie Lawler would be the UFC’s welterweight champ as 2015 began, chances are you would have received a long, questioning stare. In February, 2013, Lawler scored a first round stoppage win over Josh Kosheck, but few people were predicting then that the punishing striker would go on a 5-1 run and lay claim to the welterweight title.
Perhaps this is why Lawler isn’t making bold claims that he’s going to break Georges St-Pierre’s title defense record or remain champion for several years. The 32 year-old is of course, keenly aware of the improvements he’s made, but recently he told MMA Junkie.com the following:
“I don’t think that far in front of me,” Lawler said while discussing GSP’s record of 9 title defenses “I think about the next fight and how I can be great. Then after that fight, I’ll think to the next one. I don’t want to look too far in advance. There are obviously goals out there, but I want to concentrate on my next fight. Once you get past that fight, then you concentrate on the next one. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last few years and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”
Obviously that mind set has been working very well for “Ruthless”. Right now, it remains to be seen who Lawler will make his first title defense against. Initially, it looked like he would battle Johny Hendricks for a third time, but the former champ decided he wanted to fight sooner than later, and was booked to fight Matt Brown on March 14th. Due to the fact Lawler had a busy, four fight campaign in 2014, he elected to take a little time off.
So, while discussing his next bout, Lawler had this to say:
“I have no idea (who I’m fighting next),” Lawler said. “I’m just concentrating on myself. They’ll call me and let me know when they need me. I’m just concentrated on training, hanging out with my family and relaxing. I might call (UFC President) Dana (White) next week and see what they think then we’ll move forward from there. I’m just focused on training and getting my teammates ready.”
It will be interesting to see who the UFC taps to face Lawler next. Top contender Rory MacDonald was scheduled to fight Hector Lombard on April 25th, but after the latter allegedly tested positive for steroids, the fight was scratched.