Robbie Lawler to retire following UFC 290; Dana White finalizes main card

Longtime UFC veteran Robbie Lawler is calling it a career, and Dana White completes UFC 290 main card.

Robbie Lawler is hanging up the four ounce gloves.

The former UFC welterweight champion will head into retirement following his fight with Niko Price at UFC 290 on July 8, UFC president Dana White announced on Wednesday via social media.

According to White, Lawler will enter the UFC Hall of Fame on Thursday July 7, along with Rory MacDonald, for their epic fight that took place at UFC 189 in 2015.

Lawler, 41, began his professional career in 2001 and joined the UFC in 2002. “Ruthless” left the UFC in 2004 and fought under the banners of Elite XC, where he earned middleweight gold, and Strikeforce before returning to the UFC in 2013.

In 2014, Lawler won UFC gold and defended the belt two times with one of those times being against Carlos Condit, which was named Fight of the Year in 2016.

White, along with his announcement about Lawler, finalized the UFC 290 main card that will headline International Fight Week.

Lawler and Price will headline the prelim portion of the card. The main event will be Alexander Volkanovski and Yair Rodriguez in a featherweight title unification matchup. In the co-main event, Brandon Moreno will defend his flyweight title against Alexandre Pantoja. Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will face Dricus Du Plessis, which will decide who is next up to face Israel Adesanya for the middleweight title.

UFC 290 will take place in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena, additional fights are to be announced at a later date.