ROBBIE LAWLER insists he’s ‘not worried’ about being cut from the UFC – despite being out of the win column for four years.
The former welterweight champion returns to the octagon on Sunday morning at UFC 266 in Las Vegas for an eagerly-anticipated rematch with fellow fan favourite Nick Diaz.
Ruthless enters the contest with his back against the wall following four consecutive defeats.
But the possibility of being axed from mixed martial arts‘ premier promotion isn’t weighing on his mind ahead of his return.
The Kill Cliff Ambassador told SunSport: “I’m not too worried about that.
“I’m never too worried about that. I picture every fight to be a big fight, it’s just how it is.
“If you’re the first fight of the night or [the] second fight of the night, it doesn’t matter where you are [on the card].
“Every fight is important and every fight you have to give your best and try to figure it out.”
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Unlike most fighters riding a losing streak, Lawler doesn’t feel any added pressure to get back into the win column.
The 39-year-old said: “There’s no pressure because it’s a fight…simple.”
Lawler’s motivation for fighting deep into his thirties with a Hall-of-Famer career already in the bank has been on the mind of many a mixed martial arts fan.
And like many living legends of the sport, he’s been driven to make the lonely walk to the octagon by his love of competition.
The future UFC Hall-of-Famer said: “I love competing and I love training and getting my body up for something.
“So it’s just enjoying what I do.
I’m not too worried about that
Robbie Lawler on the prospect of being cut from the UFC
“Another thing is I’m giving back to younger fighters.
“Trying to teach things here and there and make their lives a little easier with techniques and a little bit of [guidance].”
Although he’s by no means finished in the sport, Lawler admits he could transition to coaching once he brings the curtain down on his 20-year-long carer.
He said: “It’s definitely something I want to do. For sure, that’s what sports is all about.
“It’s like, somebody taught me these things. So it’s all about giving back. It’s kind of a circle of martial arts sports.
“You use everything everyone else has showed you and try to give to somebody else.
“And hopefully, they’ll do the same thing.”
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