Robert Glen Lawler, (born March 20, 1982) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. Lawler was the EliteXC middleweight champion before EliteXC filed for bankruptcy. Lawler has recently signed with Strikeforce. He is a member of Team Hughes fighting out of H.I.T. Squad, a Granite City, Illinois gym, which he co-owns with teammate and former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes. MMAWeekly ranks Lawler as the #6 middleweight in the world.
On March 31, 2007, he fought Frank Trigg for the ICON Sport middleweight championship and won by KO in the fourth round. On September 15, 2007, he fought PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Murilo "Ninja" Rua for the EliteXC middleweight championship and won by TKO in the third round.
Robbie Lawler was scheduled to fight Hawaii's Kala Hose for the ICON Sport Middleweight Championship on December 15, 2007 in Honolulu, Hawaii, he however pulled out of the fight due to an injury. Icon Sport stripped Lawler of the middleweight title on February 9, 2008 for failing to defend the title.
Lawler defended his EliteXC Middleweight Championship against Scott Smith at EliteXC: Primetime on May 31, 2008 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, which ended in a no contest after Smith caught an accidental finger in the eye from Lawler.
After defeating Scott Smith, Lawler's employers, EliteXC, announced that they would be shutting down and filing for bankruptcy. Lawler's contract was picked up by Strikeforce with his first bout under the Strikeforce banner on June 6, 2009 against Jake Shields. The bout was fought at a catchweight of 182 lb. Lawler lost via guillotine choke at 2:02 of the first round.
Lawler is married.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|28||19 wins||5 losses|
|Win||19-5 (1)||Melvin Manhoef||KO (Punches)||Strikeforce: Miami||January 30, 2010||1||3:33||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Loss||18–5 (1)||Jake Shields||Submission (Guillotine choke)||Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields||June 6, 2009||1||2:02||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||182 lb Catchweight|
|Win||18–4 (1)||Scott Smith||TKO (Strikes)||EliteXC: Unfinished Business||July 26, 2008||2||2:35||California, United States||Defended Elite XC Middleweight Championship|
|NC||17–4 (1)||Scott Smith||No Contest (Thumb in the eye)||EliteXC: Primetime||May 31, 2008||3||3:26||New Jersey, United States||For the Elite XC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||17–4||Murilo Rua||TKO (Punches)||EliteXC: Uprising||September 15, 2007||3||2:04||Hawaii, United States||Won Elite XC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||16–4||Frank Trigg||KO (Punches)||Icon Sport – Epic||March 31, 2007||4||1:40||Hawaii, United States||Won ICON Sport middleweight championship. (Stripped of title on February 9, 2008 for failing to defend it.)|
|Win||15–4||Eduardo Pamplona||TKO||IFL – Atlanta||February 23, 2007||3||1:36||Georgia, United States|
|Win||14–4||Joey Villasenor||KO (Flying Knee)||PRIDE 32: The Real Deal||October 21, 2006||1||0:22||Nevada, United States|
|Loss||13–4||Jason Miller||Submission (Arm Triangle)||Icon Sport – Mayhem vs Lawler||September 2, 2006||3||2:50||Hawaii, United States||Lost ICON Sport middleweight championship.|
|Win||13–3||Falaniko Vitale||KO (Punches)||Icon Sport – Lawler vs. Niko 2||February 25, 2006||1||3:38||Hawaii, United States||Defended ICON Sport middleweight championship.|
|Win||12–3||Jeremy Brown||Submission (Armbar)||KOTC – Xtreme Edge||September 17, 2005||1||2:48||Indiana, United States|
|Win||11–3||Falaniko Vitale||TKO (Punches)||Superbrawl – Icon||July 23, 2005||2||4:36||Hawaii, United States||Won ICON Sport middleweight championship.|
|Loss||10–3||Evan Tanner||Submission (Triangle Choke)||UFC 50: The War of '04||October 22, 2004||1||2:22||New Jersey, United States||Moves up to 185 lb|
|Loss||10–2||Nick Diaz||KO (Punch)||UFC 47: It's On||April 2, 2004||2||1:31||Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–1||Chris Lytle||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 45: Revolution||November 21, 2003||3||5:00||Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||9–1||Pete Spratt||Submission (Injury)||UFC 42: Sudden Impact||April 25, 2003||2||2:28||Florida, United States|
|Win||9–0||Tiki Ghosn||KO (Punches)||UFC 40: Vendetta||November 22, 2002||1||1:29||Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–0||Steve Berger||TKO (Strikes)||UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets||June 22, 2002||2||0:27||Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–0||Aaron Riley||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 37: High Impact||May 10, 2002||3||5:00||Louisiana, United States|
|Win||6–0||Saburo Kawakatsu||TKO (Punches)||Shogun 1 – Shogun 1||December 15, 2001||1||4:49||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||5–0||Marco Macera||TKO||EC 41 – Extreme Challenge 41||July 13, 2001||1||1:19||Iowa, United States|
|Win||4–0||Landon Showalter||KO||IFC WC 13 – Warriors Challenge 13||June 15, 2001||1||0:14||California, United States|
|Win||3–0||John Reed||TKO||EC 39 – Extreme Challenge 39||April 7, 2001||1||2:14|
|Win||2–0||Ernie Ward||KO||EC Trials – 2000 US MMA National Championships||January 20, 2001||1||4:27||Illinois, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jerry Hudsperth||TKO (Punches)||EC Trials – 2000 US MMA National Championships||January 20, 2001||1||3:05||Illinois, United States|
- ↑ Matt Hughes opens H.I.T. Squad, starts Team Hughes. MMAFighting.com. Retrieved on 15 September 2007.
- ↑ http://web.archive.org/20060412165751/www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/topten.asp?articleid=14&zoneid=15
- ↑ LAWLER STRIPPED OF ICON SPORT TITLE
- ↑ EliteXC and CBS Present: Saturday Night Fights (SNF)
- ↑ Template:Cite news
- ↑ Meanwhile, Lawler and his wife will be relocating.
- Robbie Lawler's Official Website
- Robbie Lawler's ProElite.com Profile
- Robbie Lawler's EliteXC Profile
- Official Robbie Lawler Myspace Page