Robbie Lawler is not one bask in his own success. Nevertheless, he does feel a sense of satisfaction knowing his recent career resurgence has come at the expense of others who doubted his ability as a top contender.
"I expected this the whole time," Lawler told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "Which is funny, because a lot of people wrote me off a long time ago. I always thought I could be the best and that's what I've been doing all these years. This didn't happen overnight.
"The UFC didn't tell me I was going to get a rematch, so I just went right back to work as soon as possible and my next fight I took as soon as possible, just working hard and preparing myself to get the belt."
One of Lawler's main hindrances during his first UFC run was how injury prone his body was. He now chalks it up as a learning experience and is grateful that his coaches have been able to keep him healthy on a consistent basis over the past couple of years.
"I was hurt a lot early in my career," Lawler explained. "My coaches did a really good job of keeping my healthy. It's just a learning process. You learn how to take care of your body. You learn to practice so that you're healthy to fight, and I think that it's also a little luck."
After his last title fight against Johny Hendricks came down to the fifth and final round, Lawler is keen to take command this time around and force a "one-sided" fight en route to winning the UFC welterweight title.
"I don't want to take any bumps or bruises, I want to go out and dictate all aspects and go out the way I came in.
"I'm looking to dominate and dictate."
Transcription taken from MMAFighting.com