Lawler is a former ICON Sport and Elite XC Middleweight Champion (Photo courtesy of Strikeforce).
Lawler Looking for Middleweight Title in Third Different Promotion on January 29th
Middleweight Robbie Lawler (18-6, 1 NC) made official his Mixed Martial Arts home for the foreseeable future on Wednesday, signing a multi-year extension with Strikeforce. Lawler, a former ICON Sport and Elite XC Middleweight Champion, will also seek to reach the top of his weight class in a third different promotion on January 29th, when he faces Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza for the title.
“Strikeforce has treated me good, and I am happy to re-sign with them,” Lawler remarked. “They have given me an opportunity to fight for the title, and I’m looking forward to that and to fighting any and all of the top 185-pounders."
Standing 5-11, Lawler trains alongside former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes out of the H.I.T. Squad in Granite City, Illinois. He started his professional career in 2001 at the age of 19-years-old, fighting in the Extreme Challenge. After rolling out six consecutive victories, Lawler signed a deal with the UFC and went 4-3 in just under three years of competition. His next main stay was with Icon Sport, winning the middleweight crown in 2007, also making stops at King of the Cage and with the International Fight League. Sitting on a 16-4 record, he then signed with the upstart Elite XC and won the middleweight belt in his first appearance with the promotion after knocking out Murilo Rua in the third round. He was successful in both of his title defenses with Elite XC before the promotion went bankrupt. After nearly a year away from the sport, Lawler then reappeared in June of 2009 for his Strikeforce debut, falling to Jake Shields. In four total matches at his new home, the Illinois native has gone 2-2.
Known for having amazing knockout power, 15 of Lawler’s 18 career victories have come by way of TKO or knockout. He last stepped in the Strikeforce cage on December 4th, dismantling Matt Lindland in just 50 seconds.