This past weekend at UFC Vegas 8, former welterweight champion, Ruthless Robbie Lawler (28-15, 1 NC) suffered his fourth consecutive loss. Lawler looked great physically, but was completely controlled by Neil Magny over the course of three rounds.
Lawler will be turning 39 years old in March of 2021. Ruthless hasn’t won a fight in over three years when he won a decision over Donald Cerrone. Prior to that victory was his title loss against Tyron Woodley.
Lawler first made his UFC debut back in 2002. His career has been filled with highs and lows. Of course, there was no higher time than his reign as UFC welterweight champion. With a fourth straight loss dealt to him, what is next for the former champion?
Options for Lawler in the UFC
Despite his age and the current losing streak, I don’t think Lawler is ready to hang up the gloves. It’s also obvious that the former UFC welterweight champion doesn’t have another title run in him.
With that, the UFC needs to start being a little creative in their match making. My first thought was to pair Lawler back up with former interim champion, Carlos Condit. However, Condit is currently booked to fight Court McGee in October.
In my recent article about fights to make after UFC Vegas 8, I thought that Anthony Pettis could be a good option. Both Lawler and Pettis don’t appear to have another title run in them. Pettis just spent the last couple of months campaigning for a fight with Anderson Silva.
The fight between two former UFC champions would be an entertaining one to watch. If not Pettis or Condit, it will need to be someone along those lines. I think Lawler deserves someone with a name, but nobody in serious title contention.
We have not seen the end of Robbie Lawler inside the octagon. However, we know for sure that the prime Robbie Lawler is forever gone. Now, we can only hope that the UFC gives him good matchups and he can exit the cage with a win someday.