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Bantamweight Division


"The Heat"

Ronnie Lawrence

Bantamweight Division

8-2-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


First Round Finishes

Ronnie Lawrence

athlete record


Learn more about Ronnie Lawrence's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
United States
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Feb. 27, 2021
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2015

  • Four wins by KO

  • Two first round finishes

  • Has won five of his last seven

  • Lone pre-UFC loss via decision to UFC vet Steve Garcia in October 2016

  • Origin of nickname: “It came from back in my amateur career. After one fight, my coach said I bring the heat every time I fight.”

UFC on ESPN (6/17/23) Lawrence and Dan Argueta fought to a no decision (premature stoppage) at 2:20 of the first round 

UFC on ESPN (7/9/22) Lawrence lost a three round unanimous decision to Saidyokub Kakhramonov

UFC 271 (2/12/22) Lawrence won a three round unanimous decision over Mana Martinez

UFC Fight Night (2/27/21) Lawrence stopped Vince Cachero via strikes at 2:37 of the third round


Dana White's Contender Series, Season 4

Episode five (9/1/20) Lawrence won a three round unanimous decision over Jose Johnson

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training at the age of 17 when I was lifting weights at a gym that had Kung Fu in the back room. One of the fighters walked in with his girlfriend; I had some buddies with me and one of my friends decided to hit on his girlfriend to make him angry. We got in an altercation and got thrown out of the gym shortly after that. The instructor pulled me aside a few days later asked me why I was causing problems. He asked me to join the class. So I joined class that night. He threw down some gloves and told me to put them on. I put them on, sparred a few guys and he told me to come back the next night and it’s history after that.

What ranks and titles have you held? I am a black sash and gray dragon in white tiger kung fu. I am a brown belt in jiu-jitsu. I held the ISKA TN state title, ISKA regional southeastern title, V3, and Valor/3FC titles as an amateur, also the Valor title as a professional.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC means all the hard work over the last 10 years was worth it and it will be life changing.

Favorite grappling technique: Head and arm choke

Favorite Striking technique: Spinning back kick