For the first time as a UFC fighter, Robbie Lawler enters the Octagon as a welterweight. The former Strikeforce middleweight title contender fights Rory MacDonald at Saturday’s UFC 167 and he’s not concerned about the weight cut.
“I’m not too worried about [being at welterweight], nor do I really think about that,” said Lawler to MMA Junkie. “I’m just training hard, training smart and with a really good team that’s pushing me getting me ready to go. I don’t really feel bigger – the guys I’m fighting are just smaller and not as heavy.”
When Strikeforce closed their doors, Lawler was one of several names to join the UFC ranks. He’s finished both Josh Koscheck and Bobby Voelker under the UFC name this year.
MacDonald returned after an injury to defeat Jake Ellenberger. He’s 15-1 and considered a top candidate in the welterweight division.
They have been placed on the main card of UFC 167 on November 16. It’s out of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV and serves as the promotion’s 20th anniversary show.