Former UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler is battling Donald Cerrone on the main card of UFC 214.
Lawler is going to be competing without former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes by his side, which is something Lawler admits is hard for him to do.
“It’s been hard,” Lawler said at the UFC 214 media day. “He’s usually here with us, right by our side hanging out, making sure I’m all right. It is what it is. He’s doing better, but that’s like something his family should talk about and let the media know through their outlets, not mine.”
Hughes was seriously injured when a his truck was struck by a train, the fighter is apparently out of a coma according to Pat Miletich.
Focus has been the goal for Lawler heading into the fight, which has forced him to try and put his feelings about the Hughes situation in the back of his mind.
“It’s not on my mind until somebody asks me because I’m pretty good at focusing on what I need to focus on,” Lawler said. “It’s rough.”
UFC 214 takes place on Saturday, July 29 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California with Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.