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After suffering thumb injury, Robbie Lawler wants to return at UFC 195

In news that should somewhat calm the nerves of UFC fans, Robbie Lawler's injury which forced him out of UFC 193 will not shelve him long-term.

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By now, fans have heard that the UFC 193 main event in Melbourne, Australia is now Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm. (If you haven't, then today is your lucky day) The reason for the switch was unfortunately because original headliner, UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, pulled out of his fight with Carlos Condit due to a thumb injury.

If there is any good news to scrape out of losing such a terrific fight, it's that Lawler won't be on the shelf for too long. UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani reported that Lawler will be sidelined for a month, and he'd like to return at UFC 195 (the original landing spot for Rousey vs. Holm) in January. It would also appear that it means Lawler would still fight Condit, although nothing is obviously set in stone.

Lawler (26-10, 1 NC) defended his UFC belt successfully in an all-time classic vs. Rory MacDonald at UFC 189. Down 39-37 on all three scorecards, "Ruthless" finished Rory in the 5th round to continue his amazing and unlikely road to success. Since returning to 170 pounds (which coincides with his UFC return), Lawler is 7-1, with his loss to Johny Hendricks later avenged in their title fight rematch at UFC 181.

Hopefully everything is smooth sailing over the next few months and Lawler vs. Condit can formally be rescheduled, because that has the makings of an all-out slugfest to entertain fans from start to finish.

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