Robbie Lawler Interview

Elite XC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler has certainly prospered, career-wise after the UFC cut him loose in 2004; since his release from the UFC, Lawler has gone 9-1 and one no contest and has emerged as one of the top fighters in his weight class.  Lawler’s last bout was against Scott Smith at EliteXC’s second televised event on July 26; despite a major cut on his forehead, Lawler took over the match – earning the win with a TKO.  Sam Caplan of caught up with Lawler and in the interview, Lawler gave an update on his health and when he expects to return to action; below are some excerpts from the interview: First, I wanted to see if we could get an update on your health. It looked like you suffered a nasty laceration to the top of your scalp during the Scott Smith fight. How are you doing?

Robbie Lawler: My head is doing good. It’s actually healing better than the last cut I had. The doctors did a good job of sewing it up.

Q: Has a doctor given you a specific recommendation about an amount of time you should avoid sparring and fighting?

R.L.: They really didn’t say anything this time. The last time they said to go a month without contact. So I am going to do the same thing and just monitor it until I am ready to go.

Q: After a hard-fought battle May 31 vs. Smith, you had to come back and do it again July 26. What are some of the challenges a fighter faces when he comes back so quickly?

R.L.: Just staying healthy and being able to keep up with the intensity of the training. Just being ready to go two months later is a lot of wear and tear on your body.

Q: How does fighting on such a quick turn-around affect your weight by having to have to dehydrate and re-hydrate so many times in such a short span of time?

R.L.: It’s not that hard for me because I keep myself pretty close to weight. I really don’t worry about it. I eat what I want, when I want. So for me, weight is really not an issue.

For the rest of this interview, please click here.

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