This weekend, Robbie Lawler earned the No. 1 contender spot in the welterweight division with an impressive victory over Matt Brown in the main event of UFC on FOX 12 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
Lawler earned a $210,000 pay day for his performance and a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus, so it was a great night of work for the mixed martial arts veteran.
However, there was something that quietly took place before the fight that many fans may not have been aware of.
Lawler, who has earned $915,000 in the last 12 months, signed an endorsement deal with adidas.
“We are honored to announce the signing of Robbie Lawler to our global combat sports team, and to have the opportunity to work with him,” said Scott Viscomi, Managing Director of adidas Combat Sports USA, via Forbes.com.
”Robbie is an outstanding athlete and individual who we have the utmost respect for. He is one of the most exciting athletes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and his fights never fail to excite the crowd. We look forward to working closely with Robbie to cement our commitment in contributing to the growth of the global MMA market.”
The endorsement deal was first announced by the Combat Sports division of adidas on social media.
— adidasCombatUSA (@AdidasCombatUSA) July 25, 2014
For Lawler, everything is coming together at the right time and he has certainly earned it with all of the hard years of work that he has given to the sport.