Current UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks (16-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) will defend his title against Robbie Lawler (23-10) soon. However, UFC President Dana White, who told FOX Sports is thinking that it will be more like 2015 before we get the rematch between the two.
“Robbie Lawler has been an absolute stud for us, stepped up, kept taking fights. This is his third fight in four months or something like that. Now he’s going to have some time off; time to relax, time to focus and just think about Johny Hendricks. If I was Johny Hendricks, I wouldn’t want to be fighting Robbie Lawler, coming off a big layoff. [Early 2015] sounds about right.”
Robbie Lawler (23-10) has 18 knockouts, 1 submission and 3 decision victories while he has been knocked out once, submitted five times and lost by decision four times. Prior to joining the UFC once again, he in his two fights prior while fighting in Strikeforce, he beat Adlan Amagov via TKO at Strikeforce – Rockhold vs. Jardine on Jan / 07 / 2012. He then beat Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision at Strikeforce – Rockhold vs. Kennedy on Jul / 14 / 2012.
Lawler made his UFC return against Josh Koscheck which he won via TKO at UFC 157 – Rousey vs. Carmouche on Feb / 23 / 2013, then beat Bobby Voelker via KO at UFC on Fox 8 – Johnson vs. Moraga on Jul / 27 / 2013 and then Rory MacDonald via split decision at UFC 167 – St. Pierre vs. Hendricks on Nov / 16 / 2013. He lost against Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision at UFC 171 – Hendricks vs. Lawler on Mar / 15 / 2014 for the Welterweight title. He is coming off a win over Jake Ellenberger at UFC 173.
Robbie Lawler had a heck of a war with Matt Brown at UFC On Fox 12, so it appears that the fight will indeed happen in early 2015. Hendricks has not competed since UFC 171 against Lawler. Now, it’s time for Lawler to heal up to do the fight.