After nearly a year on the sidelines, Robbie Lawler returns this evening at UFC 214 in one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year.
Lawler was last seen back at UFC 201 when he was defeated by Tyron Woodley and lost his UFC welterweight title. Injuries delayed his return, but speaking earlier this week at the UFC 214 media day, Lawler made it clear that he’s focused on the task ahead and not on getting his title back just yet.
“That’s the gameplan, we will see, but really I just need to concentrate on this fight,” Lawler said. “Usually, what happens is you see that goal of wanting that, but you forget the steps it takes to get there.
“You need to focus on opponent, each day and everything else will take care of itself.”
Lawler has rarely ventured into the business of trash talking and this week it’s been no different. The former champion has a lot of respect for Cerrone and he thinks he’s going to present a big challenge this evening.
“He’s well rounded, he’s tall, he grappling, good striking, he can wrestle, he’s just a well rounded fighter,” Lawler said. “Everyone is these days.”
UFC 214 is widely thought of as being the UFC biggest fight card of the year. While that would excite some fighters, for seasoned veteran Lawler this apparently isn’t so much of a big deal.
“I just go out there and fight,” Lawler said. “It’s easy. You just show up and you give it all you got and you try take somebody out. I’m not amping myself up, I’m not putting on like some extra show for these fans. I’m just going out there and being me. I’m not like, ‘Oh man, I need to get extra pumped for this because it’s UFC 214. If we were over there and there was just two of us, that’s still how I’m going to fight.
“It doesn’t matter if there are cameras or any of that stuff. That’s just who I am.”
Lawler is known for his bloody, hard-fought, back-and-forth wars, but if he gets his way this evening, he’s going to get the job done quickly.
“I would love to knock someone out in 10-seconds.”