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Robbie Lawler

"Ruthless" Robbie Lawler

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  • Given Name: Robert Glenn Lawler
  • Professional MMA Record: 24-10-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Ruthless
  • Current Streak: 2 Wins
  • Age: 32 | Date of Birth: 1982.03.20
  • Last Fight: July 26, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: American Top Team
  • Height: 5'11" (181cm) | Reach: 74.0" (188cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,589,940 USD
  • Born: San Diego, California, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Granite City, Illinois
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Iowa native Robbie Lawler is best known as an exciting fighter with one punch knockout power. Initially a welterweight, Lawler picked up wins over Aaron Riley, Steve Berger, and Tiki Ghosn, all in the UFC. It wasn't until his eighth fighter against Pete Spratt where he lost, due to injury. After beating Chris Lytle at UFC 45, Lawler was infamously knocked out by Nick Diaz at UFC 47, which would mark his final fight as a welterweight.


Lawler would then lose by submission to Evan Tanner in his middleweight debut. After this fight, he would win three straight on the regional circuit (two wins over Falaniko Vitale), until losing by submission to Jason 'Mayhem' Miller. After the loss to 'Mayhem,' Lawler would win five of his next six fights (only suffered a no contest to Scott Smith after an inadvertent eye poke), and captured the Elite XC middleweight belt. Lawler also made his only appearance in Pride FC during this run, scoring a memorable flying knee KO over Joey Villasenor at Pride 32 in Las Vegas.


He met Jake Shields in his Strikeforce debut, but lost early as he tapped out to a guillotine choke. His next fight was against vicious Dutch kickboxer Melvin Manhoef. After eating many low kicks from the Dutchman, Lawler would deliver a hail mary shot that knocked Manhoef out cold. The knockout would go down as Sherdog's 2010 Knockout of the Year. After defeating Manhoef, Lawler would gather a lackluster 2-4 record in the remainder of his Strikeforce career, with two highlight reel knockouts, including a flying knee KO over Adlan Amagov, and a brutal knockout over former Olympian Matt Lindland.


After suffering a loss to Lorenz Larkin in his final Strikeforce bout, he would make the move to the UFC, and would compete there as a welterweight. Josh Koscheck would be Lawler's first opponent in the 170 pound division since his fight with Nick Diaz, and surprised many when he knocked Koscheck out in the latter part of the first round. Lawler would then be slated to fight former Strikeforce champ Tarec Saffiedine who would pull out because of an injury, and was later scheduled to fight fellow striker Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC on FOX 8. After Bahadurzada suffered an injury and had to drop out of the fight, Lawler faced another former Strikeforce fighter, Bobby Voelker. After dominating the first round with fast, hard strikes, Lawler knocked Voelker, known for his ability to take hard shots, out with a perfectly timed head kick less than 30 seconds into the second round. After a few more follow up punches to the defenseless opponent, the referee stopped the bout. Robbie Lawler has now won two UFC fights in a row via devastating knockouts.


Lawler formerly trained out of Matt Hughes' H.I.T. Squad in Granite City, Illinois, but recently made the move to American Top Team for his return fight to the UFC. Lawler is a fighter who is never in a boring fight, and will be remembered by MMA fans for his punching power and aggressive style.


Lawler would pick up his 3rd straight win since returning to the UFC at UFC 167. In a close fight he would edge out rising prospect Rory MacDonald in a Split Decision victory. With GSP vacating the weltwerweight strap it Lawlor would get his shot at the belt against Johny Hendricks at UFC 171. It was a back and forth fight for the first four rounds with Lawler almost finishing Hendricks, however Hendricks would take over in the fifth round and secure the decision as well as the title. Lawler would walk away with a Fight of the Night bonus for his efforts.


On 27 July, Lawler and Matt Brown at UFC on Fox 12. For most of the fight Lawler and Brown we very entertaining fight. The 2nd and 5th rounds were arguably the best, as Brown went to really push the fight, winning the former round. In the end Lawler won by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 49-46).


On 30 July it was announced that Adidas signed an endorsement deal with Lawler, making him the first UFC fighter to be sponsored by Adidas.

Last updated 07.30.2014, 8:32 PM ET
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Robbie Lawler Welterweight Ranking History

Robbie Lawler MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Matt Brown
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC on FOX 12: Lawler vs. Brown
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.07.26
Odds: -350 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $260,000 ($105K Base, $105K Bonus, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Eminem - Beautiful
#13 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC on FOX 12 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:06 Round 3 of 3, 13:06 Total

Jake Ellenberger
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.05.24
Odds: -200 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 ($100K Base, $100K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Johny Hendricks
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler
Main Event | Vacant Title | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.03.15
Odds: +325 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
#70 Greatest Fight of All Time
#25 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
#1 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC 171 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Rory MacDonald
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.11.16
Odds: +330 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $166,000 ($83K Base, $83K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
#43 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
Win | KO/TKO
0:24 Round 2 of 3, 5:24 Total

Bobby Voelker
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC on FOX 8: Johnson vs. Moraga
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.07.27
Odds: -400 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $156,000 ($78K Base, $78K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs
#49 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
Cancelled Bout Siyar Bahadurzada UFC on FOX 8 2013.07.27
Reason: Bahadurzada Injury
Cancelled Bout Tarec Saffiedine UFC on FOX 8 2013.07.27
Reason: Saffiedine Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:57 Round 1 of 3

Josh Koscheck
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.02.23
Odds: +285 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $155,000 ($95K Base, $10K Bonus, $50K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs
UFC 157 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Lorenz Larkin
Ref: John McCarthy

Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2012.07.14
Odds: +125 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $94,940 Base | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:48 Round 1 of 3

Adlan Amagov
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2012.01.07
Odds: -140 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $150,000 Base | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
#47 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
#19 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Tim Kennedy
Ref: Herb Dean

Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2011.07.30
Odds: +210 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:00 Round 3 of 5, 12:00 Total

Ronaldo Souza
Ref: John McCarthy

Strikeforce: San Jose
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2011.01.29
Odds: +170 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $65,000 Base | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
#26 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#14 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:50 Round 1 of 3

Matt Lindland
Ref: Mike England

Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.12.04
Odds: -215 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
#15 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Renato Sobral
Ref: John McCarthy

Strikeforce: Los Angeles
Main Event | Catchweight | 195 lbs

2010.06.17
Odds: -135 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $85,000 Base | Weigh-In: 195.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:33 Round 1 of 3

Melvin Manhoef
Ref: Jorge Ortiz

Strikeforce: Miami
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.01.30
Odds: +172 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.75 lbs
#27 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#21 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#6 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#7 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
#19 Greatest Comeback of All Time
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:02 Round 1 of 3

Jake Shields
Ref: John McCarthy

Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields
Main Event | Middleweight | 182 lbs

2009.06.06
Odds: -135 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 182.75 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:35 Round 2 of 5, 7:35 Total

Scott Smith
Ref: Herb Dean

EliteXC: Unfinished Business
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185

2008.07.26
Odds: -253 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $90,000 ($45K Base, $45K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 184.5 lbs
No Contest | Injury
3:26 Round 3 of 5, 13:26 Total

Scott Smith
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

EliteXC: Primetime
Main Card | Title Match | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2008.05.31
Odds: -261 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 184.5 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:04 Round 3 of 3, 12:04 Total

Murilo Rua
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

EliteXC: Uprising
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2007.09.15
Odds: -158 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 184.9 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:40 Round 4 of 5, 16:40 Total

Frank Trigg
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Icon Sport
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2007.03.31
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:36 Round 3 of 3, 9:36 Total

Eduardo Pamplona

IFL 9: Atlanta
Main Event

2007.02.23
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
0:22 Round 1 of 3

Joey Villasenor
Ref: Yuji Shimada

Pride 32: The Real Deal
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2006.10.21
Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Loss | Submission | Choke

Jason Miller

Icon Sport

2006.09.02
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Falaniko Vitale

Icon Sport

2006.02.25
Win | Submission | Armlock

Jeremy Brown

King of the Cage

2005.09.17
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Falaniko Vitale

Icon Sport

2005.07.23
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:22 Round 1 of 3

Evan Tanner
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 50: The War of '04
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2004.10.22
Odds: +130 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:31 Round 2 of 3, 6:31 Total

Nick Diaz
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

UFC 47: It's On!
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2004.04.02
Odds: -260 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 Base | Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs
#54 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#14 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Chris Lytle
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 45: Revolution
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2003.11.21
Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs
Loss | Submission | Injury
2:28 Round 2 of 3, 7:28 Total

Pete Spratt
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 42: Sudden Impact
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2003.04.25
Odds: -600 Huge Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:29 Round 1 of 3

Tiki Ghosn
Ref: Nelson Hamilton

UFC 40: Vendetta
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2002.11.22
Odds: -240 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:27 Round 2 of 3, 5:27 Total

Steve Berger
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2002.06.22
Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Aaron Riley

UFC 37: High Impact
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2002.05.10
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Saburo Kawakatsu

Hawaii Regional

2001.12.15
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Marco Macera

Extreme Challenge

2001.07.13
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Landon Showalter

International Fighting Championship

2001.06.15
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

John Reed

Extreme Challenge

2001.04.07
Amateur Results Opponent Event Date
Win | KO/TKO

Jerry Hudspeth

Extreme Challenge

2001.01.20
Win | KO/TKO

Ernie Ward

Extreme Challenge

2001.01.20

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