Lawler: ’I don’t want to leave it up to the judges’

UFCHIGHLIGHTED 03.07.2015 11:20h Author:

Robbie Lawler

UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler is set to defend his crown against Rory MacDonald in the co-main event of the UFC 189. However, this match has been relegated to second fiddle behind McGregor's trash talk and his last-minute replacement opponent, Chad Mendes. Nevertheless, both fighters are concentrated and ready for the rematch.

That does not bother me at all," Lawler said. "I don’t care if I’m the first fight or the last fight; I’m going to go out there and showcase my skill. [Without the media attention] it makes my life easier because I can focus on what I need to focus on."

"I don’t spend too much time watching tape and doing those kinds of things," the champ said. "I watch a little bit of tape, but my coaches do all the breaking down of my opponents. I just go out there and train every day, and try to become a better fighter. I’m just pushing myself and I’m not too worried about who I’m fighting as much as I’m worried about how I can grow and how I can go out there and dominate. Our [first] fight doesn’t really matter; July 11 is the only date that matters."

"The one thing I want to do is go out there and finish people. I don’t want to leave it up to the judges; I want to get in his face and either get a submission or knock somebody out. I want to put a stamp on this fight."