Ronnie Lawrence
The Heat

USA

Out
Injury Foot
Est. Return 8/28/2021
Picks up injuries in debut
BantamweightUFC
Out
March 2, 2021
Lawrence is facing a 180-day medical suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission pending X-rays on both left foot and left ribs injuries, USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Lawrence was one of the highlights of the night on the UFC Vegas 20 undercard, as the bantamweight fighter picked up a third-round stoppage and $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. His 17-plus minutes in the cage may have resulted in multiple injuries, however, so he'll need to get orthopedic clearance if he wishes to return before the fall.
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Dominates in UFC debut
BantamweightUFC
Out
February 27, 2021
Lawrence defeated Vince Cachero via TKO (punches) at 2:38 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
A product of Dana White's Contender Series, "The Heat" looked nothing short of brilliant in his UFC debut. The pace he put on Cachero from the opening bell to the end of the fight was outstanding. Lawrence landed seven successful takedowns on eight attempts over the course of the first two rounds before unloading with everything but the kitchen sink to earn the stoppage in Round 3. The opposition level Lawrence was going up against here must be taken into consideration when evaluating his performance but the 28-year-old Tennessee native couldn't have looked any better in this one. He'll also walk away with the only $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus awarded on the card. Keep an eye on him.
UFC debut on tap
BantamweightUFC
Out
January 21, 2021
Lawrence is slated to face Vincent Cachero in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 27, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lawrence earned a UFC contract in early September when he defeated Jose Johnson via unanimous decision at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, and he'll now be in line to debut with the promotion. The 30-year-old is now 6-1 as a professional fighter and was unofficially awarded with 12 takedowns during his win over Johnson. Cachero made his UFC debut on short notice in early August and lost to Jamall Emmers via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN+ 31. Cachero has a slight edge in height.
Big upset earns contract
BantamweightUFC
Out
September 1, 2020
Lawrence defeated Jose Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. After the show, he was one of three fighters to be awarded an official UFC contract.
ANALYSIS
Lawrence entered this fight as high as a (+255) betting underdog, but his relentless pursuit of takedowns led to him controlling all three rounds. He was unofficially awarded with 12 in the contest, which bodes well for his future fantasy scoring prospects, even if he's unable to get a finish. The 28-year-old improves to 6-1 as a pro, and hopes to be back in the Octagon as soon as a cut sustained under his right eye seals up (he said after the show that he was given a 30-day medical suspension by the commission).
Falls in second pro fight
BantamweightUFC
Out
October 21, 2016
Lawrence lost to Steve Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) at Bellator 162 on Friday in Memphis, Tenn.
ANALYSIS
Lawrence came into this fight an the underdog. It was only his second professional fight, and Garcia is a much longer fighter. Lawrence seemed ready to engage Garcia in a distance battled composed mostly of looping punches and spinning kicks. That played right into Garcia's game. Lawrence landed some solid strikes in round two, but he could not do enough to take the decision.