After deciding against retirement, Adversity Training Center’s Ian Lawler headlines Hardrock MMA 90

Ian Lawler

Ian Lawler

Ian Lawler will step into the cage as the main attraction at Hardrock MMA 90 on Saturday night, and it’s a spot that is a culmination of years of hard work and dedication to the sport of mixed martial arts.

Not only does he mentor fighters as the owner of Adversity Training Center in Somerset, Kentucky, but he works with a the next generation as well.

“At my gym we mentor foster children and I’m in the process of filing a 501(C)(3) LLC to work with at-risk youth. They are the future and should be treated as such, even if I can only touch one life it’s worth it to me,” Lawler told BluegrassMMA leading up to his fight.

Lawler is set to face Branden Bishop (2-3) in the main event at Expo Five on Saturday, and being the last fight of the night is a big deal to him.

“It means I’ve gotta wait longer to get a burger [laughs],” joked Lawler. “I’ve never been main event before so I think it’s pretty cool; it’s kind of like the culmination of one step closer to a bigger show at the end of the day I just want to be on TV once, win lose draw just once if you knew my story and background you’d understand why I want to be able to tell my kids, my friends, the people I mentor if you work hard and never give up you can accomplish anything.”

With a 3-3 record as a pro, the fight against Bishop is a pivotal one in his career. But his career is also one that could have ended after his last fight.

Lawler briefly announced his retirement following his last bout to deal with family issues.

With those issues now solved, his career lives on. Pretty fitting for a guy who says the only thing that ever made him special is that he just won’t quit and he’s always trying to finish fights.

While he holds a brown belt in jiu-jitsu, you’ll never see a boring Ian Lawler fight. Put simply, he said, “I’ll never win a fight by hugging someone.”


  1. Josh smart

    July 13, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Ian I haven’t seen you in years and never thought the guy I was friends with in school would make a living from training mentoring. People and kids. In mma but I just wanna say proud of ya buddy and. Keep on keeping. On

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  3. Austin Price

    July 15, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Good luck Ian. You’re a good man with a heart of gold and one heck of a fighter!

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