It’s been reported that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler has upped sticks and left the building of renowned gym American Top Team (ATT).
The scoop on Lawler’s ATT departure was first relayed by ENT Imports (Twitter). However, thus far, there’s nothing to verify this claim. Furthermore, and at the time of print, no confirmation as of yet from the horse’s mouth either (we’ll keep you updated if anything changes).
Lawler joined ATT in 2013 – the same year he returned to the UFC for a second stint. Though not successful re; gold wear in his first tour of duty for the outfit – that would all change in December of 2014, as the 34-year-old San Diego native captured the division’s Holy Grail – split decisioning the then-champ Johny Hendricks.
The “Ruthless” one successfully defended his strap twice – in two aesthetically brutal, yet beautiful sanguinary wars – Rory “The Red King” MacDonald (UFC 189) and Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit (UFC 195). The latter fight has been nominated for “Fight of the Year” in this year’s 2017 World MMA Awards.
It’s kind of ironic that Lawler departs ATT when they’ve also been nominated in the category for “Best Gym of the Year.”
The third defense of his strap (UFC 201) didn’t follow the earlier scripts, as Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley flipped it in under two minutes of the opening stanza via vicious KO.
Since that fight took place in July of 2016, Lawler (27-11-1 NC MMA, 12-5 UFC) has been out of action; nonetheless, a projected 170-pound match-up with Donald Cerrone at UFC 205 was scratched, with Lawler citing he needed more time to recuperate following his loss to Woodley.
Lawler, who began his pro mixed martial arts (MMA) career in 2001, departs ATT with an august 8-2 record.