March 20, 1982 |
San Diego, California, United States
|Residence||Parkland, Florida, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||170.0 lb (77.1 kg; 12.14 st)|
|Division||Welterweight (2001-2004, 2013-present)
|Reach||74.0 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida.|
|Team||American Top Team (2013-2017)
Miletich Fighting Systems (2000-2013)
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Robert Glenn "Robbie" Lawler (born March 20, 1982) is an American professional mixed martial artist and former UFC Welterweight Champion. A professional competitor since 2001, Lawler is also a former EliteXC Middleweight Champion, and has formerly competed in Strikeforce, PRIDE, and the IFL. He is widely considered one of the most consistently entertaining mixed martial artists currently competing, having been the only fighter to win three consecutive "Fight of the Year" awards from Sherdog and MMA Fighting, for his bouts against Johny Hendricks (at UFC 171, in 2014), Rory MacDonald (at UFC 189, in 2015), and Carlos Condit (at UFC 195, in 2016).
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Lawler was born in San Diego, California and moved to Bettendorf, Iowa at the age of ten to live with his father, who served in the Marines. Lawler began training in karate at the age of ten and later attended Bettendorf High School where he received All-State honors in wrestling and football. Lawler 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.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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, 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 a hip 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 first of only two knockout losses 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 an overhand right.
Lawler was expected to face Jason Miller on June 16, 2010 at Strikeforce: Los Angeles but Lawler instead faced former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion 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. He left Miletich Fighting Systems after this loss and joined Florida-based gym American Top Team.
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 former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion 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 Championship. 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.
Returning quickly to the cage, Lawler replaced an injured Tarec Saffiedine and fought Jake Ellenberger at UFC 173 on May 24, 2014. He won the fight via TKO in the third round due to a combination of a knee and punches.
Lawler faced Matt Brown in a 5-round Welterweight title eliminator bout on July 26, 2014 at UFC on Fox 12. He won the fight via unanimous decision. The win also earned him a Fight of the Night bonus award.
UFC Welterweight Champion
A rematch with Rory MacDonald took place on July 11, 2015 at UFC 189. Lawler retained his title in the fifth round via TKO. The back and forth action earned both participants Fight of the Night honors. The fight was considered an instant classic by fans and media alike with UFC President Dana White hailing it as one of the best welterweight fights in the promotion's history, and the fight was chosen as the Sherdog Fight of the Year for 2015.
Lawler was expected to face Carlos Condit on November 15, 2015 at UFC 193. However, the bout was scrapped from the event after Lawler suffered a thumb injury. The fight was rescheduled as the headliner at UFC 195 on January 2, 2016. Lawler defended his title, and defeated Condit via controversial split decision in a very close fight. Only 3 of 20 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Lawler. The bout also earned Lawler his fourth 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)
- World MMA Awards
- 2014 Fighter of the Year
- 2015 Fight of the Year (vs Rory MacDonald)
- 2010 Knockout of the Year vs. Melvin Manhoef on January 30
- 2010 All-Violence Second Team
- 2014 All-Violence First Team
- 2015 All-Violence First Team
- 2013 Comeback Fighter of the Year
- 2014 Fighter of the Year
- 2014 Fight of the Year vs. Johny Hendricks at UFC 171
- 2015 Fight of the Year vs. Rory MacDonald at UFC 189
- 2016 Fight of the Year vs. Carlos Condit at UFC 195
- Inside MMA
- 2013 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year Bazzie Award
- MMA Fighting
- Bleacher Report
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|39 matches||27 wins||11 losses|
|Loss||27–11 (1)||Tyron Woodley||KO (punches)||UFC 201||July 30, 2016||1||2:12||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||Lost the UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||27–10 (1)||Carlos Condit||Decision (split)||UFC 195||January 2, 2016||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||26–10 (1)||Rory MacDonald||TKO (punches)||UFC 189||July 11, 2015||5||1:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship. Fight of the Night. Fight of the Year (2015).|
|Win||25–10 (1)||Johny Hendricks||Decision (split)||UFC 181||December 6, 2014||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won the UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||24–10 (1)||Matt Brown||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox 12||July 26, 2014||5||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||UFC Welterweight Title Eliminator. Brown missed weight (172.5 lbs). Fight of the Night.|
|Win||23–10 (1)||Jake Ellenberger||TKO (knee and punches)||UFC 173||May 24, 2014||3||3:06||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||22–10 (1)||Johny Hendricks||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 171||March 15, 2014||5||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States||For the vacant 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 8||July 27, 2013||2||0:24||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||20–9 (1)||Josh Koscheck||TKO (knee and 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|
|Loss||17–6 (1)||Renato Sobral||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Los Angeles||June 16, 2010||3||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States||Catchweight (195 lbs) 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|
|Loss||16–5 (1)||Jake Shields||Submission (guillotine choke)||Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields||June 6, 2009||1||2:02||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Catchweight (182 lbs) bout.|
|Win||16–4 (1)||Scott Smith||TKO (soccer kicks and punches)||EliteXC: Unfinished Business||July 26, 2008||2||2:35||Stockton, California, United States||Defended the 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 the EliteXC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||15–4||Murilo Rua||KO (punches)||EliteXC: Uprising||September 15, 2007||3||2:04||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Won the EliteXC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||14–4||Frank Trigg||KO (punches)||ICON Sport: Epic||March 31, 2007||4||1:40||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Won the ICON Sport Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||13–4||Eduardo Pamplona||TKO (punches)||IFL: Atlanta||February 23, 2007||3||1:36||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||12–4||Joey Villaseñor||KO (flying knee)||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 the 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 the 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 the 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||Middleweight debut.|
|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 (hip injury)||UFC 42||April 25, 2003||2||2:28||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||7–0||Tiki Ghosn||TKO (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|
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- Robbie Lawler's ProElite.com Profile
- Robbie Lawler's EliteXC Profile
- Professional MMA record for Robbie Lawler from Sherdog
|2nd Elite XC Middleweight Champion
September 15, 2007 – October 20, 2008
Elite XC ceased operations
|10th UFC Welterweight Champion
December 6, 2014 – July 30, 2016