March 20, 1982 |
San Diego, California
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||171 lb (78 kg; 12.2 st)|
|Division||Welterweight (2001-2004, 2013-present)
|Reach||74.0 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Robert Glen "Robbie" Lawler (born March 20, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist currently signed with the UFC competing in the Welterweight division. Lawler is a former EliteXC Middleweight Champion, and also competed in Strikeforce, the IFC, Pride FC, the IFL, and King of the Cage. He is a member of Team Hughes fighting out of H.I.T. Squad, a Granite City, Illinois gym, which he co-owns with teammate and former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes and his twin brother Mark Hughes. 18 of his 22 victories are by KO or TKO.
As of March 17, 2014, he is #1 in official UFC welterweight rankings.
Lawler was born in San Diego, California and moved to Bettendorf, Iowa when he was 10 years old to live with his father. Growing up, Lawler had a passion for martial arts and boxing and began karate when he was nine years old. He attended Bettendorf High School where he had been an All-State football player at the linebacker position and also an All-State wrestler. He was taken under the wing of Pat Miletich when he was 16 years old and began training with Miletich Fighting Systems as soon as he graduated in 2000.
Lawler made his UFC debut at UFC 37 against veteran Aaron Riley. Lawler won the bout via unanimous decision. Lawler fought again in the next month against Steve Berger at UFC 37.5 and won via TKO. In his next fight, Lawler faced another veteran, Wolfslair MMA Academy Tiki Ghosn at UFC 40 and won in a highlight-reel knockout. Lawler then fought against Pete Spratt at UFC 42 and lost after he submitted due to an injury. Lawler came back to get a win over fellow boxing and wrestling specialist Chris Lytle via unanimous decision at UFC 45.
In his next UFC bout, Lawler faced former WEC Welterweight Champion and future longtime Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz at UFC 47. Lawler was handed the only knockout loss of his career to date in the second round. Lawler then lost again at UFC 50 against the late Evan Tanner, who would win the UFC Middleweight Championship in his next fight.
Lawler then fought at SuperBrawl in Hawaii, defeating Falaniko Vitale via knockout to become the SuperBrawl Middleweight Champion. Lawler then made his debut for King of the Cage and won via armbar submission.
In his next fight, Lawler made his IFL debut in Atlanta, Georgia against Eduardo Pamplona and won via TKO.
On March 31, 2007, he fought Frank Trigg for the ICON Sport Middleweight Championship and won by KO in the fourth round, becoming the ICON Sport Middleweight Champion a second time. On September 15, 2007, he fought PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Murilo Rua for the EliteXC Middleweight Championship and won by TKO in the third round due to punches.
Lawler was scheduled to fight Kala Hose for the ICON Sport Middleweight Championship on December 15, 2007 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Lawler however pulled out of the fight due to an injury. ICON Sport stripped Lawler of the middleweight title on February 9, 2008 for failing to defend the title.
Lawler defended his EliteXC Middleweight Championship against Scott Smith at EliteXC: Primetime on May 31, 2008, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, which ended in a no contest after Smith caught an accidental finger in the eye from Lawler.
After defeating Scott Smith, Lawler's employers, EliteXC, announced that they would be shutting down and filing for bankruptcy. Lawler's contract was picked up by Strikeforce with his first bout under the Strikeforce banner on June 6, 2009 against Jake Shields. The bout was fought at a catchweight of 182 lb. Lawler lost via submission due to a guillotine choke at 2:02 of the first round.
Lawler faced K-1 veteran Melvin Manhoef on January 30, 2010 at Strikeforce: Miami. During the bout, Lawler suffered significant damage to his leg which Manhoef inflicted using leg kicks. In dramatic fashion, Lawler came back to win by knockout late in the first round with a right hook punch.
Lawler was expected to face Jason Miller on June 16, 2010 at Strikeforce: Los Angeles but Lawler instead faced former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion and former UFC title contender Renato Sobral in a 195 lbs. Catchweight bout. Lawler had two unsuccessful attempts to meet the 195 lbs mark at the Strikeforce: Los Angeles Weigh Ins, but was finally booked for the fight weighting 195.5 pounds, after stepping on the scale for the third time. Sobral defeated Lawler via unanimous decision. Sobral utilized his reach advantage and grappling expertise to defeat the much smaller Lawler.
Lawler faced Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza on January 29, 2011 at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg. Lawler rocked Souza in the first round but ended up losing the fight via submission in the third round.
Lawler next faced Lorenz Larkin at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy on July 14, 2012. He lost the fight via unanimous decision, despite rocking Larkin early in the first round with a short right hook.
Return to UFC
Lawler returned to the Welterweight division and faced Josh Koscheck on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. He won via first round TKO. Koscheck visibly protested the stoppage, but replay footage showed he was not defending himself in a dangerous position, as Lawler landed repeated blows. The finish earned him the Knockout of the Night bonus.
Lawler was expected to face Tarec Saffiedine on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8. However, Saffiedine was forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Siyar Bahadurzada. Then on July 11, it was announced that Bahadurzada also pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Bobby Voelker. Lawler won the fight via knockout in the second round.
On December 13, 2013 news came that Georges St-Pierre would be taking an indefinite break from MMA and vacate the UFC Welterweight title. Following the announcement, Dana White announced that Lawler would face Johny Hendricks on March 15, 2014 at UFC 171 for the vacated title. Lawler lost the close back-and-forth bout via unanimous decision. Despite the loss, the fight earned Lawler his first Fight of the Night bonus award.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Elite Xtreme Combat
- EliteXC Middleweight Championship (One time; Last)
- ICON Sport
- ICON Sport Middleweight Championship (Two times)
- Superbrawl Middleweight Championship (One time; Last)
- 2013 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
- MMA Nuts.com
- 2013 Comeback Fighter of the Year
- 2013 Comeback Fighter of the Year
- Inside MMA
- 2013 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year Bazzie Award
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||22 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||22–10 (1)||Johny Hendricks||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 171||March 15, 2014||5||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States||For the UFC Welterweight Championship; Fight of the Night.|
|Win||22–9 (1)||Rory MacDonald||Decision (split)||UFC 167||November 16, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||21–9 (1)||Bobby Voelker||KO (head kick and punch)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga||July 27, 2013||2||0:24||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||20–9 (1)||Josh Koscheck||TKO (punches)||UFC 157||February 23, 2013||1||3:57||Anaheim, California, United States||Return to Welterweight; Knockout of the Night|
|Loss||19–9 (1)||Lorenz Larkin||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy||July 14, 2012||3||5:00||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||19–8 (1)||Adlan Amagov||TKO (flying knee and punches)||Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine||January 7, 2012||1||1:48||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||18–8 (1)||Tim Kennedy||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson||July 30, 2011||3||5:00||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||18–7 (1)||Ronaldo Souza||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg||January 29, 2011||3||2:00||San Jose, California, United States||For the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship|
|Win||18–6 (1)||Matt Lindland||KO (punch)||Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II||December 4, 2010||1||0:50||St Louis, Missouri, United States||Return to Middleweight|
|Loss||17–6 (1)||Renato Sobral||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Los Angeles||June 16, 2010||3||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States||195 lb Catchweight bout.|
|Win||17–5 (1)||Melvin Manhoef||KO (punch)||Strikeforce: Miami||January 30, 2010||1||3:33||Sunrise, Florida, United States||Knockout of the Year (2010).|
|Loss||16–5 (1)||Jake Shields||Submission (guillotine choke)||Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields||June 6, 2009||1||2:02||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||182 lb Catchweight bout.|
|Win||16–4 (1)||Scott Smith||TKO (knees and punches)||EliteXC: Unfinished Business||July 26, 2008||2||2:35||Stockton, California, United States||Defended EliteXC Middleweight Championship|
|NC||15–4 (1)||Scott Smith||NC (thumb in the eye)||EliteXC: Primetime||May 31, 2008||3||3:26||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Retained EliteXC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||15–4||Murilo Rua||KO (punches)||EliteXC: Uprising||September 15, 2007||3||2:04||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Won EliteXC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||14–4||Frank Trigg||KO (punches)||Icon Sport: Epic||March 31, 2007||4||1:40||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Won Icon Sport Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||13–4||Eduardo Pamplona||KO (punches)||IFL: Atlanta||February 23, 2007||3||1:36||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||12–4||Joey Villaseñor||KO (flying knee and punches)||Pride 32||October 21, 2006||1||0:22||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||11–4||Jason Miller||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Icon Sport. Mayhem vs. Lawler||September 2, 2006||3||2:50||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Lost Icon Sport Middleweight Championship|
|Win||11–3||Falaniko Vitale||KO (punches)||Icon Sport: Lawler vs. Niko II||February 25, 2006||1||3:38||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Won Icon Sport Middleweight Championship|
|Win||10–3||Jeremy Brown||Submission (armbar)||KOTC: Xtreme Edge||September 17, 2005||1||2:48||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||9–3||Falaniko Vitale||KO (punches)||Superbrawl: Icon||July 23, 2005||2||4:36||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Won Superbrawl Middleweight Championship.|
|Loss||8–3||Evan Tanner||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 50||October 22, 2004||1||2:22||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Moves up to Middleweight.|
|Loss||8–2||Nick Diaz||KO (punch)||UFC 47||April 2, 2004||2||1:31||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–1||Chris Lytle||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 45||November 21, 2003||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||7–1||Pete Spratt||Submission (injury)||UFC 42||April 25, 2003||2||2:28||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||7–0||Tiki Ghosn||KO (punches)||UFC 40||November 22, 2002||1||1:29||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–0||Steve Berger||TKO (punches)||UFC 37.5||June 22, 2002||2||0:27||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–0||Aaron Riley||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 37||May 10, 2002||3||5:00||Bossier City, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||4–0||Saburo Kawakatsu||TKO (punches)||Shogun 1||December 15, 2001||1||4:49||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||3–0||Marco Macera||TKO (punches)||Extreme Challenge 41||July 13, 2001||1||1:19||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||2–0||Landon Showalter||KO (punches)||IFC: Warriors Challenge 13||June 15, 2001||1||0:14||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||John Reed||TKO (punches)||Extreme Challenge 39||April 7, 2001||1||2:14||Springfield, Illinois, United States|
- UFC Fighter Rankings
- LAWLER STRIPPED OF ICON SPORT TITLE
- EliteXC and CBS Present: Saturday Night Fights (SNF)
- "Melvin Manhoef vs. Robbie Lawler on tap for "Strikeforce: Miami"". fiveouncesofpain.com. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
- Loretta Hunt. "Lawler-Sobral Set for June 16; Strikeforce Expects ‘Mayhem’ To Be Suspended". Sherdog.
- "Lawler vs Sobral Weigh-Ins: Fighters hit the scale in Los Angeles". LowKick.com. Retrieved 2010-10-16.
- "Lawler vs. Lindland in the Works for Dec. 4". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
- "Henderson stops Sobral in one round". SPORTS.ESPN.go. com. 4 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
- "Robbie Lawler vs 'Jacare' Souza booked for Jan 29 Strikeforce event". mmamania.com. December 18, 2010.
- "Healy-Hirota, Mein-Stinson, High-Moore Added to Strikeforce ‘Rockhold vs. Kennedy’ Card". sherdog.com. May 30, 2012.
- Arias, Carlos (2012-12-19). "Koscheck vs. Lawler confirmed for UFC 157". ocregister.com. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- Staff (April 11, 2013). "Robbie Lawler vs. Tarec Saffiedine targeted for UFC on FOX 8 in Seattle". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
- Staff (2013-06-04). "Bahadurzada replaces injured Saffiedine, meets Lawler at UFC on FOX 8". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
- Staff (2013-07-11). "Siyar Bahardurzada out at UFC on FOX 8, Bobby Voelker faces Robbie Lawler". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
- Steve Marrocco (2013-08-20). "Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald targeted for UFC 167". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
- "It's official: georges St-Pierre vacating UFC welterweight title". mmajunkie.com. 2013-12-13.
- "Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler meet at UFC 171 for GSP's vacant title". mmajunkie.com. 2013-12-13.
- Staff (2014-03-16). "UFC 171 bonuses: Hendricks, Lawler, St. Preux, Bermudez win $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
- Dave Walsh (March 28, 2014). "Jake Ellenberger vs. Robbie Lawler Slated for UFC 173". mmanuts.com. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
- Meanwhile, Lawler and his wife will be relocating.
- Robbie Lawler's Official Website
- Robbie Lawler's ProElite.com Profile
- Robbie Lawler's EliteXC Profile
- Professional MMA record for Robbie Lawler from Sherdog
- Official Robbie Lawler Myspace Page
|2nd Elite XC Middleweight Champion
September 15, 2007 – October 20, 2008
Elite XC ceased operations