Lawler Leaves American Top Team
When MMA veteran Robbie Lawler revitalized his career in his second UFC run, much credit was given to his move to American Top Team in Florida. Months removed from losing his welterweight championship to Tyron Woodley, Lawler has reportedly left ATT.
ENT Imports first reported the news of Lawler’s departure from the Florida gym on Wednesday.
Lawler joined the team in 2012, towards the end of his Strikeforce career. In 2013 he returned to the UFC and looked to be a renewed fighter, running through contenders on his way to the belt.
The 34-year-old was one of the first fighters to bring a belt home to American Top Team when he defeated Johny Hendricks in 2014.
Lawler’s two title defenses against Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 and Carlos Condit at UFC 195 were instantly hailed as two of the best fights in the sport’s history. His reign atop the division came an end in July, when fellow American Top Team product Tyron Woodley knocked him out and captured the welterweight title.
Looking to get back on track, Lawler accepted a fight with Donald Cerrone at UFC 205 in November, but withdrew from the contest after reportedly needing more time to recover from the knockout loss.
It is unclear why Lawler left American Top Team but he is reportedly looking for a new camp to call home.