As the MMA world waits to see if the UFC books Robbie Lawler-Johny Hendricks III, the newly crowned, welterweight champ has made the case as to why a third fight makes sense.
Since Saturday’s memorable and competitive headliner, there have been no shortage of discussions, as to what the UFC will do. Will the promotion go with Lawler-Hendricks III? Since both men have defeated each other now? And because both fights were so close? Or, will it tap Rory MacDonald for the title shot he earned in October, when he took out Tarec Saffiedine?
Well, Lawler appeared on the Sherdog.com Radio Network recently, and the welterweight champ clearly wants to fight Hendricks for a third time, and settle the matter once and for all…
“I’m very confident in my skills and think, if we fought again, I would win,” Lawler said. “Johny is a hell of a fighter, a hell of a competitor, and I look forward to meeting him again. Now that we have each won one apiece — and they were close fights — I think we need to figure this one out.”
Yes, and thankfully figuring this out, will likely mean fans get treated to another awesome fight. Lawler also noted during the interview that he’s hoping to have a bit of vacation, and that he would like to return to action in May, June, or July.The 32 year-old also added that he would like to take some time to improve his skills as well.
If the UFC does plan on booking the rubber match, one would think they’ll look to do so sooner than later, while there’s still buzz stemming from UFC 181.
When asked about MacDonald, who Lawler scored a split decision win over last year, the champ did say he’s willing to fight the Canadian once more, if the UFC decides to go that route.
The feared striker also offered this comment, when asked if he was confident his name would be read out as the winner, following Saturday’s main event.
“I was confident. I felt like I did a lot of damage, ducked a lot of shots, landed a lot of knees and kicks,” Lawler said. “Obviously, Johny’s a competitor. He does a great job of winning rounds, but I just felt like I was the one doing the most damage out there. It was a close fight.”
Yes. Yes it was. So, you know Hendricks would like another shot at Lawler, and since the champ’s on board with the rubber match, what are the odds this fight gets booked? 80%? 85?%