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Robbie Lawler: GSP ‘most definitely does not want to fight me’

Robbie Lawler, pictured, fights Rory MacDonald during their welterweight title fight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 189 Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
(AP Photo/John Locher)

Robbie Lawler had some issues with recent statements by Georges St-Pierre regarding his potential return to the sport and what led him to say he was officially split with the UFC.

On Monday, GSP made the announcement he was a free agent, saying there was a deadline given to UFC for it to give him a fight. GSP said Lawler was one of the last names offered to him, but that Lawler is taking a break.

Once Lawler heard of this, he wanted the public to know he was ready to fight, but also that GSP is making excuses because he wants no part of Lawler.

“I think everyone just kind of assumes [health] is the issue, but that’s not the facts,” Lawler told ESPN. “It’s one of those things where I wanted to take a step back and realize what I wanted and why I wanted it. My whole life I’ve went out there and strived, and this time I needed to take a step back, relax and not rush it — make sure all the pieces were in the perfect place.

“He says he was offered a fight against me but I wasn’t healthy or whatever. He’s basically trying to read between the lines like other people, not knowing what’s the matter with me,” Lawler said. “Nothing is the matter with me. Do you accept the fight or not? That’s the real question, right? Because I’m ready to fight right now. Did you accept it or not? I’m guessing you didn’t. Don’t try to hide behind, ‘I’m not healthy.’ That’s not the facts.

“I’m always ready to fight that guy. I’ve been training my whole life to fight a guy like him — and him, in particular. So don’t use my name or try to hide behind something you think might be happening but is not. If he doesn’t want the fight, shut up.

“[UFC president Dana White] said it the whole time, ‘GSP does not want to fight,’ and he most definitely does not want to fight me, period.”

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