"Robbie Lawler was 20 years old when he made his UFC debut in May 2002.
"Looking back on it now, he says the promotion wanted one thing from him back then that he wasn't ready to offer: a story.
"The kid could fight -- or brawl, at least. His wild, haymaker-throwing style figured to be crowd-pleasing, and he had built-in notoriety as a member of Miletich Fighting Systems -- an Iowa-based camp that was considered the best in the U.S. at the time.
"What he didn't have, he says, was a promotional hook. There wasn't much to him."
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