Not only is Robbie Lawler once again just one fight away from a title shot, but he is also relishing every moment of the experience.
The veteran fighter, who is deep in his second stint with the UFC, believes he is an entirely changed man from his earlier run with the promotion when he was a young, emotional fighter. Where Lawler used to be angry and troublesome to be around, he is now humble and appreciative of the opportunities placed in front of him.
"I am enjoying the moment," Lawler told MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani. "I've come a long way. I'm enjoying the spotlight now. When I was 22-23 (years old) I didn't like doing these interviews and I didn't like the life. I changed my mentality on it and am just going to enjoy the moment and enjoy fighting as much as possible.
The welterweight division's top contender is in a tough fight on Saturday night, as he is slotted to meet resilient striker Matt Brown in the main event of UFC on FOX 12, with the winner likely getting the next shot at champ Johny Hendricks.
While Lawler did not pay attention to Brown before signing the bout agreement, he has watched his fights and is impressed with the amount of wins that the Ohio native has been able to string together.
"I didn't really pay much attention to what he was doing but it is very impressive what he has done. Anytime you can string fights like that together in the UFC with wins, it's impressive - let alone he is stopping these guys. He is a really resilient fighter."
Lawler did not accept the notion that he is the toughest opponent that Brown has ever faced, but he did make it evidently clear that he is the best shape of his life and confident in his ability to end the fight this coming weekend.
"I'm fighting at a really high level right now and I think I'm the best. Every fight I've been improving and I'm just excelling. I can't wait to show off what I'm capable of."