Robbie Lawler’s Striking Coach Discusses Evolution of Champ
By FCF Staff
Robbie Lawler has long been regarded as a dangerous and powerful fighter, but according to his coach, directing that aggression is why “Ruthless” is a world class fighter.
Lawler is coming off a stoppage win over Rory MacDonald in July, which marked his first title defense, after he took the welterweight belt from Johny Hendricks in December. Since Lawler returned to the UFC in 2013, the American Top Team fighter has gone 7-1, and has silenced many of his critics while doing so.
Recently UFC.com ran a story about the evolution of Lawler, and in the report his striking coach Matt Pena was quoted saying:
“When I first got him, he was wild,” Pena said. “He wanted to go out there and go balls to the wall until something broke. And it worked for a while and was exciting as hell for a lot of those first fights. In terms of his natural ability, it was off the charts. Guys were afraid of him. These were world-class fighters at the time and he was just a kid. I had a lot of confidence that I could teach him how to manage an entire fight, but he had an ability to fight already. We covered some techniques, we covered angles, taught him rhythms and taught him how to break people down instead of going straight at them. And you saw great results in that.”
Lawler is booked to fight Carlos Condit in his next title defense, and that fight will headline UFC 193, which will take place November 15th in Melbourne, Australia.