UFC 181: Robbie Lawler Says He’s “Coming in Fully Ready to Dominate” Rematch
By FCF Staff
Robbie Lawler nearly became the UFC welterweight champ back in March, and when he rematches Johny Hendricks this Saturday at UFC 181, he hopes the result is radically different.
Lawler and Hendricks fought for the vacant title at UFC 171 earlier this year, and after five memorable and competitive rounds, the latter emerged with the unanimous decision win.
“Ruthless” recently spoke with UFC.com, and while discussing their first encounter, and this weekend’s rematch, Lawler stated:
“When you leave it up to the judges that happens, but Johny is a competitor and Johny knows how to win,” Lawler said. “That’s what I need to do. I need to figure out a way to win rounds and dominate the fight so that it’s my hand that is raised at the end. I worked on a lot of things since our first fight and I’m physically and mentally ready to go. I’m coming in fully ready to dominate.”
“I like to keep things simple,” Lawler said. “I focus on my training and working with my coaches on what I have to do and I’m not worried about what anyone else is doing. I’m not worried about how my opponent prepares or how much time they’ve spent in the gym. I know how hard I’ve worked to be ready on fight night and how much I’ve put into improving my skills. I keep things moving forward and I’m always pushing myself to improve. That’s what matters to me and I’ve never been more focused than I am right now.”
Since the two fought in March, Lawler has gone on to defeat Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown. Hendricks, meanwhile, was sidelined after undergoing bicep surgery.
UFC 181 will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, and will also feature lightweight champ Anthony Pettis taking on Gilbert Melendez.