Lawler posted this on Facebook: “Just received word that my fight with my friend Laurie N Branden Bishop was been rescheduled for sept 16. Truly gonna be an honor to compete with such an awesome individual humble and good hearted doesn’t even begin to describe my new broski! Win lose or draw I have a burger with cat after!!!”
The two were originally scheduled to headline Hardrock MMA 90 in Louisville last month, but the bout was one of a handful that were cancelled when the event was stopped after the passing of amateur fighter Donshay White, as well as an injury to Kalen Ray, forcing the medical staff to leave the venue.
Lawler is the owner of Adversity Training Center in Somerset, Kentucky. He admitted that he thought about retirement following his loss to Ruben Warr earlier this year, but he is now recommitted to fighting and looking forward to the bout against Bishop.
Bishop will compete for the first time since 2012, as an injury knocked him out of competition and forced him to rethink fighting as well.
The 24-year-old has yet to taste defeat in his MMA career, as he was 8-0 as an amateur and is now 3-0 in his young pro career. All three of his wins as a pro have come in the first round, with the longest lasting just 2:11 in his last outing against David Bernas at Hardrock MMA 86 in February. He’s already ranked as the No. 2 pro featherweight in Kentucky by Tapology.
G-Force’s McDonald has had an up-and-down pro career after posting an impressive 11-3 record as an amateur. He has alternated wins and losses through his first six bouts, with his most recent outing being a loss against Nathan Maness at Premier MMA Championship 3 in May. He’s ranked as the No. 14 pro featherweight in Ohio by Tapology.
Warr has seen a resurgence to his career, winning three straight bouts under the Hardrock MMA banner over Charlie Stanford, Lawler, and Braedon Ward over the past year. He’s ranked as the No. 6 pro featherweight in Kentucky by Tapology.
Kilburn is unbeaten in three fights after making his pro debut in November. All three wins have come via stoppage, including a submission over Elliott Blair at Hardrock MMA 87, and a submission over Anthony Lorenzo at Night of Explosion 2 in May. He’s ranked as the No. 7 pro featherweight in Tennessee and No. 4 in Kentucky by Tapology.
Hardrock MMA 92 takes place on Sept. 16 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Center in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.