Robbie Lawler is an American MMA fighter of English-Filipino origin, currently signed to UFC as a
welterweight fighter. Also known by other names like Ruthless and The Brawler, Robbie Lawler is
considered to be one of the most entertaining and versatile MMA fighters currently competing.
Other than UFC, he has also competed in multiple other platforms like Strikeforce, EliteXC, PRIDE
and IFL and has been a former EliteXC Middleweight Champion.
Early Life and Career
Born in San Diego, California, Robbie Lawler started training in karate at the age of ten while living
with his father, who was in Marines, in Bettendorf, Iowa. Later, while attending Bettendorf High
School, he received All-State honours in both football and wrestling. Being taken under the wing by
Pat Miletich when he was 16 to train with Miletich Fighting Systems, Lawler made his professional
debut in 2001 and won his first four bouts.
Career at UFC
On his first contract with UFC, Robbie Lawler started out with winning against veteran Aaron Riley
and then went on to win two more before losing to Pete Spratt due to a hip injury. He left UFC in the
middle to fight on other promotions, but came back in 2013. He faced Josh Koscheck in the
welterweight division and won the fight via TKO.
After former champion Georges St-Pierre announced his indefinite break thus vacating the UFC
Welterweight Champion position, UFC president Dana White announced a match between Lawler
and Johny Hendricks but he lost the fight, although it earned him his first Fight of the Night bonus.
In a rematch of the same in 2014, Robbie Lawler won the bout along with the title, and then went on
to retain it in his fight against Rory McDonald in 2015. This match was hailed by many as one of the
best welterweight fights and won Lawler his second Sherdog Fight of the Year. He lost the title in
2016 to Tyron Woodley in the main event at UFC 201.
Robbie Lawler is scheduled to face newcomer Ben Askren on March 2, 2019 at UFC 235. His current
record stands at 28-12.