Robbie Lawler doesn’t sound the least bit happy with comments that fellow former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre made about him on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.
St-Pierre told host Ariel Helwani that he recently received an offer from the UFC to fight Lawler, but he did not take it seriously due to the fact that ‘The Ruthless’ one had just withdrawn from a fight with Donald Cerrone at UFC 205. ‘GSP’ added that he was under the impression that Lawler intended on taking a lengthy hiatus from competition.
Aside from the uncertainty over Lawler’s status, St-Pierre’s team were also perturbed by the lack of specific information contained within the offer.
Unconvinced of the legitimacy of the UFC’s offer, which came on the last day of a deadline imposed by his lawyer James Quinn, St-Pierre’s team chose to terminate his contract.
However, in an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Lawler claimed that St-Pierre had jumped to conclusions about his reasons for pulling out of the Cerrone fight, before adding that he is very much ready and willing to fight the Canadian icon.
“I think everyone just kind of assumes [health] is the issue, but that’s not the facts,” Lawler said. “It’s one of those things where I wanted to take a step back and realize what I wanted and why I wanted it. My whole life I’ve went out there and strived, and this time I needed to take a step back, relax and not rush it — make sure all the pieces were in the perfect place.”
“[St-Pierre] says he was offered a fight against me but I wasn’t healthy or whatever. He’s basically trying to read between the lines like other people, not knowing what’s the matter with me. Nothing is the matter with me. Do you accept the fight or not? That’s the real question, right? Because I’m ready to fight right now. Did you accept it or not? I’m guessing you didn’t. Don’t try to hide behind, ‘I’m not healthy.’ That’s not the facts.”
“I’m always ready to fight that guy. I’ve been training my whole life to fight a guy like him — and him, in particular. So don’t use my name or try to hide behind something you think might be happening but is not. If he doesn’t want the fight, shut up.”
Lawler last saw action in July, when he was knocked out in just over two minutes by Tyron Woodley at UFC 201. He lost his welterweight belt in the process. Given the brutal nature of the defeat and the fact that he has been consistently involved in brutal wars throughout his long career, some had suspected that health considerations were at the heart of his decision to withdraw from the Cerrone fight.