Dana White Says It’s ‘Tough To Deny’ Robbie Lawler The ‘Right’ To A Title Shot

Returning to the UFC in February of 2013 after having been absent from the promotion for nine years, welterweight Robbie Lawler has amassed a record of 4 – 1 in the brand, seized the division’s number one ranking, and fought for the class’s championship title.

In his UFC 171 title fight with (now) champion Johny Hendricks, “Ruthless” put on a great performance and nearly won the bout. However, “Bigg Rigg” was able to pull out the win and take home a unanimous decision victory in very close fight.

Indeed, Lawler’s March 15 bout with Hendricks was so close that many fans have wondered whether or not Lawler could cull the victory if given another kick at the can.

As it stands, “Ruthless” may be getting the opportunity.  

At last night’s UFC 173 post-fight media scrum, Dana White was asked whether or not Lawler’s performance on the evening – a third round TKO victory over Jake Ellenberger – had put pressure on Rory MacDonald and Tryon Woodley, regarding their upcoming UFC 174 title challengers’ match.

In response, the promotion’s president stated “yeah; definitely.”

As such, White appears to be saying that the winner of MacDonald vs. Woodley is not guaranteed a title shot, and that in order to garner the opportunity the winner of the match will have to impress White.

As a follow up, White was asked which fight would be next in line for Hendricks and his first title defense. By way of an answer, White seems to leaning towards re-matching Hendricks with the very man the champ beat to win the title, Robbie Lawler.

His words:

 “It’s tough to deny Robbie Lawler the right to get that fight again. We’ll see what happens though.”

So, there fans have it. Short of a dominant win by either MacDonald or Woodley at UFC 174, it would appear that Lawler might be stepping back into the ring in a title fight with Johny Hendricks.

However, White also left another fight possibility on the table for Lawler and that would be with the No. 6 ranked Matt Brown. When asked about a pairing between the two, White stated that “anything is possible.” However, White tempered his answer by stating that “Ruthless” had just finished two fight camps, hadn’t seen his kids in fourteen weeks, and was in the process of moving his family to Florida. As such, White believes that Lawler may be looking for a break and subsequently unavailable for Matt Brown.     


15 Comments

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    TheXperience

    May 25, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    IMO Robbie needs another win… He just had a shot and came up short. Let's someone else get a crack at gold. I'm so tired of the whole rematch nonsense. If a longtime champ gets a rematch, I get it but giving Robbie a rematch now after beating a guy that was scared to fight him, is nonsense.

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    ksooner76

    May 26, 2014 at 1:46 am

    mannnn your going to be able to say that about the top 5 fighters in the UFC Welter weight
    division they are all great and it sucks but thats why he has to make his way again cause
    he had his chance and alll these other fighters have fought there ass off to get that chance
    damn Johnny fought a ton of fights to get his chance if Robbie completely dominates two of the top guys helll yea but damn M.Brown,Hector,Woodley, kinda a tournament style
    to weed out who is next wish you could say definitely its so and so,… but when it is stacked this good the fighters hate it but it isnt fair to pick these guy just because,..should be cause he is no doubt the #2 and as fans we get some really good fights cause as it goes on all of these guys well at some time have to fight the other great to have a division this stacked

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    DesiredUsername

    May 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    The winner of Lombard vs McDonald..regardless of how emphatic (or not) the win is…should get the tile shot. But guys like Lawler will always get favoured because if their brawler style.

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    movescamp

    May 26, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Lombard has a long career so I don't think that can be overhyped. He is an Olympian as well so he isn't going to be easy to take down. But his cut and conditioning are a major factor with guys that don't mind dry humping the whole time. Rory can prob beat him with a solid gameplan.
    Matt Brown however, would be decimated most likely by any top guys. Him even being considered top ten is ridiculous. Shouldn't you need to beat a top ten guy to enter the top ten? The poor guy will be taken to the wolves in his next fight. He isn't a good enough striker to stand with the top guys and he isn't a good enough wrestler to cancel out the strikers picking away at him.

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