UFC 181’s Robbie Lawler on His Feared Power: “I Grew up Fighting”
By FCF Staff
Although the first encounter between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler didn’t produce a stoppage win, anyone who has a followed their careers, knows they have fearsome punching power.
Lawler has recorded many, memorable knockout victories during his career, including one in June, 2013, over Bobby Voelker, as he worked his way to the top of the UFC’s welterweight rankings.
Hendricks and Lawler are scheduled to fight again at UFC 181 on December 6th, and while discussing his punching power with UFC.com recently, the latter relayed:
“I grew up fighting, I grew up hitting the bag, and one thing that people don’t realize is that I started lifting weights in third grade. And when I hit the bag or kicked the bag, I did it hard. I did everything hard and with the intent to hurt somebody and knock them out and I think that helped. I think I built the punching power; I don’t think it was given to me. I think that would be ridiculous to say that after all my hard work and years of training that my knockout power was given to me like it was a gift or something.”
Lawler and Hendricks fought for the first time in March, and Hendricks laid claim to the promotion’s welterweight title via unanimous decision.
The decorated wrestler underwent bicep surgery after the bout and has been sidelined since.
Lawler has earned wins over Jake Ellenbeger and Matt Brown since the loss.