Robbie Lawler
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Set to fight Nick Diaz in September
WelterweightUFC
July 13, 2021
Lawler will fight Nick Diaz on September 25th at UFC 266, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Lawler will look to break a four-fight losing streak against the elder Diaz, who will be ending a six-year fighting layoff. The two squared long ago in 2004 in a bout that ended with Diaz knocking out Lawler in the second round.
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Diaz fight in the works
WelterweightUFC
July 7, 2021
Lawler is expected to take on Nate Diaz in a welterweight bout as a co-main for an even in September according to UFC President Dana White, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Lawler is returning from an injury that caused him to miss his last scheduled bout back at UFC 255 in November against Mike Perry. Prior to that, the 39-year-old fell by unanimous decison to Neil Magny. Diaz last fought on June 12 after a year and a half absence from the Octagon. Both fighters now have a fight under their belt after a lengthy period of time off. An official date should be announced in the coming weeks.
Healthy, preparing for next fight
WelterweightUFC
April 20, 2021
Lawler (undisclosed) said Tuesday in an interview with Mike Bohn of USA Today that he feels fine physically and is ready to schedule his next fight.
ANALYSIS
An injury resulted in Lawler withdrawing from a matchup with Mike Perry at UFC 255 last fall, but nearly six months later, the 39-year-old is preparing to re-enter the Octagon. Lawler's last fight came back in August 2020, when he lost to Neil Magny via unanimous decision.
Withdraws from UFC 255
WelterweightUFC
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.
Looks to bounce back against Perry
WelterweightUFC
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
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.