Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series fighter Ronnie “The Heat” Lawrence

Las Vegas – Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series fighter Ronnie “The Heat” Lawrence.

The fourth season of the hit show Dana White’s Contender Series continues with Episode 5, featuring a lineup of rising athletes looking to make their dreams come true by impressing UFC President Dana White and earning a spot on the UFC roster.

The fifth episode of season four takes place on Tuesday, September 1 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with all five bouts streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the US.

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NAME: Ronnie Lawrence
NICKNAME: Ronnie “The Heat” Lawrence
WEIGHT CLASS: Bantamweight
AGE: 28 years old – 6/13/92
REACH: 68”
STANCE: Switch
BIRTHPLACE: Greensburg, IN
STYLE: Freestyle
TRAINER: Roger Krahl / American Top Team Sunrise
STRENGTHS: Flashy with overall skills in MMA
TRAINING: Strength and conditioning in the morning with specific MMA training in the
afternoon or sparring in the cage with a fresh guy rotating in on me.


Thoughts on opponent, Jose Johnson? Jose Johnson is a good striker; at least he’s good at what he does. I feel my movement is the key to victory, plus my grappling and overall MMA skills.

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

Favorite grappling technique: Head and arm choke

Favorite Striking technique: Spinning back kick

Facebook account: Ronnie Lawrence

Instagram account: Ronnietheheat


  • Pro since 2015
    Three wins by KO
    Two first round finishes
    On two fight winning streak
    Lone pro 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.”