Robbie Lawler has only been back in the UFC now for less than a year, but already he has people talking about the possibility of a title run, thanks to stoppage wins over Josh Kosheck and now Bobby Voelker. After all, when you have the ability to render opponents unconscious like Lawler does, anything is possible. Particularly now that “Ruthless” has returned to welterweight and continues to improve his offensive arsenal (cue highlight of Lawler’s kick blasting Voelker).
Chael Sonnen had this to say about how Lawler has looked as of late, on the post UFC on FOX 8, FUEL TV broadcast:
“Robbie Lawler is like Vitor Belfort. He has nasty hands, and everyone is worried about them. Then he double crosses you and gets you with a big kick. This is turning into his coming back party.”
Hard to argue with that. UFC President Dana White also heaped praise on Lawler for his performance Saturday, and the success he’s had so far in his UFC return (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“Lawler has been a fun fighter since the day he walked into this organization,” White said of Lawler, who debuted in the UFC at UFC 37 in 2002, going 4-3. “The difference between Robbie Lawler now and Robbie Lawler then is obviously he’s older, more grown-up, and more importantly, his head is in the right place. Robbie in the old days was a completely different person. He was just like, ‘Eh, I don’t care.’ He didn’t care about anything. Now he cares. He’s a completely different fighter. When I saw him on Thursday, he was already close to weight. He didn’t have to cut a lot of weight like in the old days when he would fight. He’s just mentally and physically a completely different person. So I’m happy for him. I’m happy to have him back, and he’s always fun.”
Of course, Lawler has some tough waters ahead of him in the UFC welterweight division, and it will be interesting to see how he does against say Demian Maia, Tarec Saffiedine or even Rory MacDonald.