UFC Signs Robbie Lawler to Multi-Fight Contract
Apparently, the UFC liked what they saw out of Robbie Lawler’s move back to welterweight last weekend.
After knocking out former title challenger Josh Koscheck at UFC 157 in his return to the promotion, Monte Cox, Lawler’s manager, told MMAjunkie.com that his fighter has inked a new multi-fight contract with the UFC.
Before his reunion with the octagon, it had been seven years since Lawler had fought for the UFC. His first stint with the promotion, which was also his last appearance at welterweight, lasted seven fights. He debuted for the UFC at UFC 37 in 2002, defeating Aaron Riley. He beat Chris Lytle at UFC 45, but was then knocked out by Nick Diaz at UFC 47. Following that loss, he made the move to middleweight and lost to Evan Tanner via triangle choke at UFC 50 and was subsequently released by the UFC.
His career would go on to rollercoaster up and down with just about every other major promotion out there. He competed in notable organizations such as Pride, Icon Sport, International Fight League, EliteXC and Strikeforce. He won the Icon Sport and EliteXC middleweight titles, but would fall short in his bid for the Strikeforce middleweight title against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
Lawler’s upset victory at UFC 157 was under the terms of his contract with the now-defunct Strikeforce. Reports from the California State Athletic Commission reveal the compensation he received for the fight was $105,000 ($95,000 to show and $10,000 as a win bonus).
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