MMA Legend Robbie Lawler Announces Retirement

Robbie Lawler gears up for his farewell performance on July 8th at the much-anticipated UFC 290 event.

by Faruk Imamovic
MMA Legend Robbie Lawler Announces Retirement

Another illustrious chapter in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is set to draw to a close this year, as the highly acclaimed 41-year-old Robbie Lawler gears up for his farewell performance on July 8th at the much-anticipated UFC 290 event.

The retirement announcement of Lawler, known for his captivating fighting style and relentless determination, was made public by Dana White, the esteemed president of the UFC.

Lawler's Last Fight at UFC 290 to Showcase the Warrior Spirit

Lawler's final bout will see him face off against Nike Price, and experts are already touting this clash as a strong contender for the most exhilarating fight of the night.

Both Lawler and Price have garnered reputations as compelling fighters, unafraid to engage in toe-to-toe battles and deliver thrilling performances within the confines of the octagon.

In contrast to Price, who has gained attention for his attractiveness as a fighter but has yet to reach the upper echelons of the sport, Lawler has experienced a distinguished career at the pinnacle of MMA.

Specifically, Lawler achieved glory as the welterweight champion of the UFC. In late 2014, Lawler secured the championship title by overcoming the formidable Johny Hendricks, successfully defending his belt on two subsequent occasions.

Notably, both of his title defenses showcased iconic matches that have attained cult status within the UFC, with Lawler's first defense against Rory MacDonald holding a special place in the annals of the sport.

This enthralling encounter from 2015 will be enshrined in the UFC Hall of Fame, with the induction ceremony scheduled just two days before Lawler bids farewell to the sport.

The recognition bestowed upon Robbie Lawler, along with his opponent Rory MacDonald, reinforces the prevailing belief that their bout stands as the pinnacle of UFC history.

Reflecting on Lawler's Impact on the MMA Landscape

A week filled with profound significance lies ahead for Robbie Lawler, and it is anticipated that the UFC will orchestrate a befitting send-off for this true legend of the sport.

Boasting an impressive professional career comprising 46 appearances, Lawler has emerged victorious 29 times while succumbing to defeat on 16 occasions (with one match ending in a no contest). A staggering 21 of his triumphs have been achieved through knockout, and his illustrious record includes victories over a plethora of renowned figures such as Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit, Rory MacDonald, Johny Hendricks, Matt Brown, and Melvin Manhoef.

Throughout his tenure with the UFC, Lawler engaged in 24 unforgettable battles, amassing 14 wins and 10 losses. Notably, Lawler last graced the octagon in the seventh month of the previous year, succumbing to a technical knockout delivered by Bryan Barberena in the second round.