When Strikeforce closed up shop this past January, chances are no one predicted that Robbie Lawler would be in the UFC’s welterweight title shot mix by November. After all, not only was Lawler coming off a decision loss to Lorenz Larkin, but the feared slugger was competing at middleweight.

Of course, since returning to the UFC, Lawler has taken out Josh Koscheck and Bobby Voelker, and currently is ranked #10 in the promotion’s welterweight division. If the 31 year-old can score an impressive win over the #3 ranked Rory MacDonald tonight at UFC 167, “Ruthless” will be in the title shot conversation.

So, what does Lawler have to say about what’s on the line this evening in Las Vegas? Well, while speaking to MMA Junkie.com about his title shot prospects, Lawler stated:

“I really haven’t looked that far ahead,” he said. “Rory’s a really tough opponent and I have my hands full, so I need to focus on him and not worry so much about what happens afterward.”

Fair enough. Now if you’ve followed Lawler’s career, then you know that the fighter certainly isn’t similar to the Conor McGregors and Chael Sonnens of the sport in terms of letting loose on the mic. That said, he has been known to make some pretty straight forward and interesting comments. Case in point:

“That’s not why I’m here,” Lawler said, while discussing the fact a win over MacDonald will thrust him into the spotlight. “I’m here to compete and do my best and push myself to the limits, and hopefully my fans appreciate that. But I’m not one of those guys who necessarily wants to be in the limelight. I just want to go out there and beat people up and have fun.”

He’s certainly talented at doing that. Tonight’s scrap definitely falls in the ‘can’t miss” category.

UFC 167 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Stay tuned to Fightline.com for all your MMA news and coverage.