“Ruthless” Robbie Lawler is heading back to the cage this weekend for the first time since January, when he lost via submission to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the third round of a fight for the Strikeforce middleweight title.
Now, the UFC veteran will meet former Green Beret Tim Kennedy on the main card of Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson in an attempt to get back in the win column and climb the sparsely crowded Strikeforce middleweight ranks. In a recent conversation with MMAFighting.com, Lawler discussed with Ariel Helwani what he sees in Kennedy as an opponent.
“I don’t know, a straight ahead-type guy,” assessed Lawler. “Decent power, good grappling, press the issue, try to overwhelm me and try to manhandle me.”
Ruthless, who has taken to training at Power MMA in Arizona with the likes of CB Dollaway, Ryan Bader and Aaron Simpson, points to Kennedy’s affiliation with the Greg Jackson camp as evidence that he is a solid competitor.
“Yeah, he’s at a high level, he trains at a high level,” he said. “He trains with good guys, has a good camp behind him. So, yeah, he’s a good fighter.”
The 29-year-old was asked how many fights away from a title shot he sees himself with a victory over Kennedy and, after a long pause, this was his reply: “I don’t know, one?”
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson goes down this Saturday night at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois; don’t forget to check back on FightLine.com for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.