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UFC Quick Quote: Robbie Lawler is ‘more grown up' with ‘his head is in the right place' in second UFC stint

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Robbie Lawler has come a long way since he first signed with the UFC in 2002, and over a decade later UFC President Dana White reflects on how far "Ruthless" has come since he first appeared inside the Octagon at UFC 37.

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"Listen Lawler's been a fun fighter since the day he walked into this organization. The difference between Robbie Lawler now and Robbie Lawler then is obviously he's older, more grown up and more importantly his head is in the right place. You know, Robbie in the old days was a completely different person, just like, ‘Meh, I don't care.' He didn't care about anything. Now he cares. He's a completely different fighter. When I saw him on Friday or whatever he was already close to weight, eh didn't have to cut a lot of weight like the old days. Just mentally and physically he's a different person. I'm happy for him, I'm happy to have him back and he's always fun."

-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White pays credit to surging welterweight contender Robbie Lawler at the UFC on FOX 8 post-fight press conference (watch it here) following his thunderous head-kick knockout of Bobby Voelker on the main card (watch highlights here). "Ruthless" originally competed under the UFC banner from 2002-2004; however, he parted ways with the organization and moved on to the likes of EliteXC, IFL, PRIDE and Strikeforce before making his long awaited return the UFC in early 2013. Since coming back to the world's premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, the 31-year-old has reeled off back-to-back (technical) knockouts against former title challenger Josh Koscheck and Voelker. His skills appear to be coming together better than ever and White is certainly impressed, saying that Lawler is a "completely different person" now as opposed to his first tenure with the company. Clearly Lawler's maturity is translating to success in the cage, because he has looked unstoppable in his last two fights and is without question in line for a big fight at 170 pounds.

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