Robbie Lawler vs. Bryan Barberena Moves to Main Card for UFC 276

It looks like we won’t be seeing a Welterweight banger on the prelim card after a recent bout was scratched.

Lauren Murphy vs Miesha Tate being pulled due to COVID-19 protocols has now resulted in Robbie Lawler vs. Bryan Barberena being moved up to the main card.

Lawler commented on being put on the prelims after not being on one in the last several years and his thoughts on retirement,

“I’m not going to lie: I was surprised,” Lawler said. “I’m like, ‘OK, whatever.’ I get to get out of there earlier, which is nice. I wish they just put me first. Start the show and then get out. Maybe fly home.”

“Just one fight at a time. We’ll see what happens. I enjoy doing this. I can do it at a high level. I’m training with really good guys at Sanford MMA. They’re pushing me. I’m holding my own. So as long as I’m enjoying it and my body feels good and I’m excited to fight and put on a show, then I’m going to continue to do it.

“I always feel like I’m going to go out there and put on a fight. That’s the only way I know how to do this. I’ve been doing this a long time. 
“I’m not planning on switching my style anytime soon. But there are really good fighters on the card. Really good fighters – real technical, real exciting. Guys who bang, guys who do it all. It’s going to be a tough one to get that Performance of the Night.”

Barberena is coming off a split decision win over Matt Brown at UFC on ESPN 33 and will look to score the biggest win of his career against the former Welterweight champion Lawler who is coming off a win over Nick Diaz at UFC 266, a rematch from their first bout that went down at UFC 47 in 2004.

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