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Robbie Lawler A Free Man Soon, Perhaps Headed to UFC? Yes, Please.

(‘Sometimes I think there’s a disconnect between how I see myself and how the world perceives me to be.’)

From the sound of things, being a fighter under contract to EliteXC these days is a lot like being in a long distance relationship. You never know exactly what your status is, whether you’re free to make out with other people in bars, whether you’re still getting together over Thanksgiving, and what little contact you do have with one another is always tinged with confusion and regret. Fortunately for EliteXC middleweight champ Robbie Lawler, he has Monte Cox for an agent, and Monte knows just what to do in this situation: write a break-up letter.

Cox filed a breach of contract notice with Pro Elite last week, hoping to get Lawler free and clear of the sinking EliteXC ship so Lawler can ply his trade elsewhere, perhaps in the UFC:

“There’s a warranty clause in the contract that you can challenge if they have enough money to fulfill the contract,” Cox said. “Obviously, right now, they do not. I notified them of what I considered to be breach of contract and they have 30 days to respond. They have to prove they can fulfill it or we’re a free agent.”


“We’ve done everything we can do,” said Cox. “Now, they may fight [the claim of breach of contract], but we can’t do anything at the moment. Right now, there’s no one at Elite to even talk to us. If I wanted to ask, there’s nobody there.”

Man, I’ve been there. Like when I was a freshman in college and dating a high school senior. You wait a couple weeks to be sure college is everything people said it was, then you send that break-up letter off just as fast as you can get a stamp on it. When you don’t hear back you wonder, is she contesting the break-up, or am I just dead to her now? Then you quickly forget about it and vomit in a trash can on the way to your Western Civ class.

For Lawler, that Western Civ class was UFC 90, where he went to make an appearance and have a quick chat with Dana White, according to this blog post on his official site:

Last week I spent at the UFC with Matt Hughes. The atmosphere was awesome as usual. I spent time talking to Monte Cox about what my options are. I also had a brief conversation with the very busy prez of the UFC. All that said I think I will be just fine. I will blog when i sign with an organization. Until then I will keep my self in good shape.

Lawler’s future is still fairly uncertain, however, as Cox expressed some doubt as to whether the UFC will be willing to match the $100,000 he made in his last fight for EliteXC. Cox also mentioned Dream and Sengoku as possible alternatives, as well as Affliction.

Considering how thin the UFC’s middleweight division has become, it might be worth the money to go ahead and pick Lawler up when he’s officially a free agent. They could deny their competition a potentially marketable star and provide a fresh opponent for Anderson Silva at the same time. Plus, we just really want to see Lawler back in the big time for our own selfish reasons. There, we said it.

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Juan Blanco- October 28, 2008 at 11:51 am
Not you Shawn. I was talking about the actual post...
airipsus- October 28, 2008 at 4:38 am
HAHAHAHA god damn that was funny " a disconnect" hahahaha
Geriatric Peon- October 27, 2008 at 9:00 pm
Already there 'cause it's my job Hoodrat!
shitwhistle- October 27, 2008 at 7:03 pm
@420 - That was part of why that fight was so good. Lawler was supposed to roll Diaz - he was the young up'n'comer. Nobody expected Diaz to stand there and trade with him, let alone knock him out.

@Peon - I never said Nick was great. Just that fight. And I know, if someone don't like Nick, they'll like him less after watching that fight - partly because of his cocky showboatin'.

P.S. - I'm turning twelve soon. See you at Chuck E. Cheese, bitches!
Shawn- October 27, 2008 at 6:40 pm
Ehhhh.... I wouldn't stick CB in there with those other guys just yet but if he looks impressive against Massenzio it will be a step in the right direction. Some of these TUF alum go from reality star to epic fail and others go from reality star to contender or champ. He hasn't had enough time to show us if he's for real or not. That peruvian necktie was still pretty sweet though.
MKXii- October 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm
"Maybe a bit thin on top but they do have loads of young talent witch takes time to develop. Damien Maia, Thales Leites, Goran Reljic, C.B. Dollaway and Dan Miller come to mind right of the bat. Maybe I’m delusional. Sorry"

You said C.B. Dollaway, your argument if officially invalid.
Shawn- October 27, 2008 at 5:42 pm
what analogies are you talking about?
Juan Blanco- October 27, 2008 at 5:32 pm
Dude, you are getting a little carried away with the analogy's....
Shawn- October 27, 2008 at 5:27 pm
I like the idea of signing Lawler and having him fight either Cote or Bisping. The casual fan knows who Lawler is from his exposure on CBS and he could be billed as the best middleweight in the world outside the UFC or something to that extent.
Shawn- October 27, 2008 at 5:25 pm
UFC's middleweight division is not weak. It's one of those things that people say because it gets said so much that you start to believe it.

Anderson Silva, Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, Nathan Marquardt, Paulo Filho, Yushin Okami, Michael Bisping, Thales Leites, Patrick Cote, Chris Leben, Martin Kampmann, Demian Maia, Nate Quarry, Chael Sonnen, Goran Reljic, Dean Lister, Rousimar Palhares, Jason MacDonald

That's 18 fighters right there who are all arguably within the top 30 or so in the world. The rest of the fighters in that category not signed to the UFC are spread between DREAM, Sengoku, Affliction, Strikeforce, and the now defunct EliteXC.

Do the math. The UFC has the majority of the top middleweights. There's no question that guys like Souza, Mousasi, and Cung Le would add talent but to say those guys are above the majority of the UFC fighters is wrong. Anybody who says otherwise is making the same mistake all the PRIDE nuthuggers made for years. A fight is a fight is a fight - everybody at the top level can take out anyone else on any given night. Add that to the fact that the UFC is the only organization where top fighters consistently fight other top fighters and you have the best athletes - they are constantly training for an opponent at or above their own level.

The problem with the UFC's middleweight division is the fact that the guys at the top - Franklin, Hendo, and Marquardt - have all suffered losses to the champ. This causes fans to see the division as thin but it's simply not the case.
Imbecile- October 27, 2008 at 4:49 pm
They should have Cote and Lawler fight for the next shot at Silva. That way, if Cote really wants a rematch, he will have earned it by beating Lawler. Same goes for the reverse if Lawler wants a shot at Silva. He needs at least a solid win to earn that shot.

Or they could have Lawler be the other coach on the next season of TUF, where it is US vs. UK, and Michael Bisping is one coach. I know the other coach is supposed to be the winner of Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson, but why not make it Lawler instead, and then the winner of him vs. Bisping could fight Anderson.
Geriatric Peon- October 27, 2008 at 4:27 pm
Saying Nick is great for the Diaz/Lawler fight is like saying Stout is great for the first Stout/Fisher fight. Great fights but they were great because it was two people of similar levels (although it turned out that Fisher was brought down to that level by taking the fight late and having to cut a bunch of weight real fast) but it doesn't make either of them champions, just entertaining.
"All you Diaz haters will really love Nick’s showboat/taunting skills." I know of these "skills" but I am still a Diaz hater.
Sodak- October 27, 2008 at 4:24 pm
not worth $100,000? but veras worth $200,000? Ufcs middleweight div is weak sighn cung le, lawler, mousassi, vitor and jacare and lets see some fights.
ShatteredHawk- October 27, 2008 at 4:23 pm
Yep Anderson Silva is really looking unstoppable. But everyone has a punching chance. Look at Matt Sera vs. GSP. LOL. Robbie always brings it and it would be awesome to see him again in the UFC.
mayhem420- October 27, 2008 at 4:10 pm
I have seen that fight acouple of times and is one of the main reasons why I always say that Robbie is not an elite fighter.... to get KFTO by Daiz was the last straw for me. It was a great fight but still ....getting Knocked out by Nick? lol
Robbie would be a good gate keeper in the UFC and that would be about it.
Still have to agree with everyone above that Lawler vs Anderson would be a much better fight than Anderson/Cote was. Maybe it would give Anderson a reason to actually show up to the fight.....
shitwhistle- October 27, 2008 at 4:06 pm
I said it before and I'll say it again.... if you haven't seen the Lawler / Diaz fight from awhile ago, check it out... one of the best bangin' fights ever.

All you Diaz haters will really love Nick's showboat/taunting skills.
Anonymous- October 27, 2008 at 3:45 pm
fuck! too many goddamn psychics today... just let 'em... geesez fucking christ
Mark- October 27, 2008 at 3:37 pm
HAHAHAAHAHAHA paul filho has a chance...ryan m - you are sucha clown. Lawler is a good fighter - but he's just not a great fighter. Lawler is a great gatekeeper - but thats about it.
What are you smoking?- October 27, 2008 at 3:36 pm
Wha???? So are you like compairing UFC's Middleweight division to Dreams? or Sengoku? or how about Affliction. Come on are you nuts. Maybe a bit thin on top but they do have loads of young talent witch takes time to develop. Damien Maia, Thales Leites, Goran Reljic, C.B. Dollaway and Dan Miller come to mind right of the bat. Maybe I'm delusional. Sorry
Geriatric Peon- October 27, 2008 at 3:36 pm
Side note - I would like to see Franklin/Lawler. I think that would be a good war to watch.
Geriatric Peon- October 27, 2008 at 3:34 pm
I would rather watch Lawler/Silva than Cote/Silva. He will get owned but it's a decent fight.
Lobster- October 27, 2008 at 3:22 pm
Paulo Fihlo would not stand a chance... I dont care if he's on a different level than any of the other fighters, Silva is still leaps above Fihlo.. Fihlo's striking is terrible, the only reason its effective is because people are too afraid of the ground game. When he fought Sonnen, Sonnen owned him because he had no fear of being taken down... not because he's a leet striker, because he's not.. Fihlo would eat a punch and get thrown into "omfg i'm gonna die if i dont take him down" mode where he would continue to get owned... buts its already said.. Silva will not fight Fihlo.. besides theres too many other fights i'd rather see besides that.. Silva vs GSP ftw
Shawn- October 27, 2008 at 3:06 pm
I think any amount Lawler could get paid more in a different organization would be cancelled out by the exposure and sponsorship opportunities of the UFC. With a big victory in his first fight he would be primed for a shot against Silva. I think the only possible alternative that makes any sense would be to go fight Cung Le, Frank Shamrock, or potentially Baroni over in Strikeforce - assuming they get an NBC primetime slot.
ryan m- October 27, 2008 at 3:01 pm
lawler is good, but would get destroyed against silva. lets face it, silva will lose, but it will be at light-heavyweight. no one besides paul filho has a chance