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Robbie Lawler to retire after UFC 290 fight with Niko Price, Dana White reveals

Robbie Lawler will be retiring after UFC 290.

On Wednesday, UFC president Dana White announced that Lawler will retire following his UFC 290 fight against Niko Price. The fight will serve as the prelim headliner on ABC on July 8 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“I found Robbie Lawler when he was 19 years old,” White said Wednesday during a UFC 290 announcement. “UFC 290 will be final fight of his amazing 22-year career.”

Along with retiring at UFC 290, Robbie Lawler will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame for his UFC 189 title defense against Rory MacDonald in one of the best fights of all time. Then, about 48 hours later, he will be facing Price in what should be a very fan-friendly fight.

Robbie Lawler (29-16 and one No Contest) is coming off a TKO loss to Bryan Barberena back at UFC 276 last July. Prior to that, he scored a TKO win over Nick Diaz which snapped his four-fight losing skid as he had lost to Neil Magny, Colby Covington, Ben Askren, and Rafael dos Anjos.

Lawler made his UFC debut at UFC 37 in 2002 when he scored a decision win over Aaron Riley. In his Hall of Fame-worthy career, he has fought 24 times in the UFC but has had two runs in the UFC as after going 4-3, he left the Las Vegas-based promotion and fought for the likes of Pride FC, Strikeforce, and Elite XC among others.

In his career, Lawler is the former UFC welterweight champion and holds notable wins over MacDonald, Donald Cerrone, Carlos Condit, Johny Hendricks, and Josh Koschek among countless others.

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