Before the title bouts, the stacked UFC 235 will feature an interesting bout as former UFC welterweight champion ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler will welcome the much anticipated debut of former ONE FC and Bellator champion Ben ‘Funky’ Askren.
Lawler however will make his return as well after a year layoff since December 2017. Lawler faced a knee injury in his bout against former lightweight champion Rafael Disney Anjos. Lawler however showed tremendous heart and grit and didn’t go down as Dos Anjos had to throw a combination of as much as 48 punches.
What later on was revealed to be an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear which required surgical implications. Lawler however claimed that the injury was rather a blessing in disguise as it allowed him to focus on other aspects of life such as spending time with his family which is of utmost importance for him. Lawler was also happy to have met new people along the journey like his doctors who apparently got his knee together. (via YouTube):
Lawler will have to hand Askren the first loss of his professional career. Lawler is known for his takedown defense, hence it would be difficult for Askren to take Lawler down in this classic striker vs. grappler matchup.