By Jonathan Solomon
He returned to the octagon at UFC 157, finished Josh Koscheck in upset fashion and now, “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler has signed a new multi-fight contract with the promotion according to MMAJunkie.com.
The former Stirkeforce middleweight contender still had fights left under his previous deal which was absorbed by the UFC last year. Although specific terms were not made public, it’s safe to assume the new agreement brings down his base salary while making it up to him in other means.
Under the terms of his old deal, Lawler was earning at least $90,000 per fight to show. According to California State Athletic Commission numbers, he earned a total of $105,000 for his win over Koscheck two weeks ago. Plus, that figure does not include the $50,000 bonus he received for earning the knockout of the night award.
“Ruthless” (20-9, 1 NC) previously earned a new and lucrative extension in Strikeforce following his knockout (in 50-seconds) of Matt Lindland to close 2010. However, he lost to then-champion Jacare Souza and Tim Kennedy in 2011. In 2012, he knocked out Adlan Amagov before concluding his run in the promotion with a loss to Lorenz Larkin.
Returning to the UFC, he chose to drop back down to welterweight, a division he had not competed in since he lost to Nick Diaz in 2004 (a fight he earned $8,000 for at UFC 47).
Heading into the fight last month, Koscheck was considered a top ten welterweight, but he was finished for the first time in over four years.
Now, Lawler is waiting to find out when he’ll return to the cage for his next fight, looking to continue his ascent in the 170-pound division.
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