Robbie Lawler
Ruthless

USA

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 3/1/2021
Withdraws from UFC 255
WelterweightUFC
Out
October 28, 2020
Lawler will no longer fight at UFC 255 on Nov. 21 due to an undisclosed injury, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The details surrounding Lawler's injury aren't yet known, but Mike Perry will need a new opponent for the Nov. 21 matchup. It's unclear when Lawler will be able to return as he attempts to snap a four-fight losing streak.
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Looks to bounce back against Perry
WelterweightUFC
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September 24, 2020
Lawler will take on Mike Perry in a welterweight matchup at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
This is an exceptional bit of matchmaking. While neither combatant is poised for a title run any time soon, these are two big names with reputations for elite toughness. Lawler is currently riding an unfortunate four-fight losing streak, but the competition has been top-notch. Perry recently snapped a two-fight losing streak with a win over Mickey Gall. Lawler has height and reach advantages, in addition to statistically superior striking defense. Striking volume and accuracy land with Perry, however. Look forward to fireworks in a bout presumably set to land on the pay-per-view portion of the card.
Not competitive against Neil Magny
WelterweightUFC
Out
August 29, 2020
Lawler lost to Neil Magny via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Lawler looked like a fighter who hadn't fought in over a year. Robbie struggled with the past and physicality of Magny from the very start and was never able to get on track. All told, he landed just 17 total strikes over the course of the 15-minute bout. Magny fought a brilliant fight, but one can't help but wonder if this would have been a different result if this bout happened even a couple years ago. Lawler will be turning 39 years of age this coming March, and his tank appears to be just about empty. Robbie has lost four fights in a row and has just a single victory dating back to January 2016. Lawler can probably still compete against a good majority of the welterweights on the UFC roster, but the days of pushing him into fights against the better 170-pounders on the roster have come and gone.
Steps in for Aug. 29 event
WelterweightUFC
Out
August 9, 2020
Lawler will fight Neil Magny in a welterweight bout at an Aug. 29 UFC event, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lawler will step in on short notice to take Geoff Neal's place at the UFC event at the end of August after Neal suffered a recent health scare. The 38-year-old has suffered three consecutive defeats, most recently losing to Colby Covington via unanimous decision in August 2019. Magny has won his last two fights, most recently winning a controversial decision against Anthony Rocco Martin in June. Magny carries advantages in height and reach.
To fight Ponzinibbio on Dec. 14
WelterweightUFC
Out
September 16, 2019
Lawler will fight Santiago Ponzinibbio in a welterweight matchup at UFC 245 in Las Vegas on Dec. 14, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Though not reportedly official just yet, the former UFC champion appears to be on his way to Las Vegas in a showdown with rising contender Ponzinibbio at UFC 245. Lawler, who currently holds a 13-8 UFC record, will be coming off a loss to Colby Covington via unanimous decisions on Aug. 3. Lawler continues to take on challenging matchups even while on a three-fight losing streak, as Ponzinibbio is looking to add a well-respected veteran to his resume and grow his winning streak to eight. While Ponzinibbio is a few years younger, the two match up roughly equal from a physical standpoint. Ponzinibbio throws more volume, but Lawler is a bit more accurate with his striking. The winner here could easily be a fight or two away from the title, as UFC brass has had difficulties negotiating contracts with the current champion at 170 pounds.
No answers for Colby Covington
WelterweightUFC
Out
August 3, 2019
Lawler lost to Colby Covington via unanimous decision (44-50, 45-50, 45-50) at UFC on ESPN 5 on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey.
ANALYSIS
Lawler had zero answers for constant pace and pressure of Covington. It appeared as if Lawler was hoping Colby would slow down following a quick start, but the dip in activity he was seeking never materialized. He landed a couple nice shots when he was able to separate and create some distance, but those instances were few and far between. It became quite clear from the early going that the only way Lawler would be able to win here was by landing one big punch that led to a knockout, but he was never able to find it. Robbie entered with a more than respectable 69 percent takedown defense, and Covington was able to get him to the mat on 10 separate occasions. The 37-year-old Lawler has now lost three in a row and four of his last five. He clearly has plenty left in the tank, but his next move remains an open question.