Lawler Pays No Mind to Covington’s Words
Robbie Lawler has not been the kind of guy to exchange in a war of words leading up to a fight, and that isn’t changing in the build to his UFC Newark main event against Colby Covington.
Lawler and Covington were both once part of American Top Team, but Lawler left the camp after his UFC welterweight title reign came to an end in 2016. Covington claims that Lawler left ATT as a result of a picture of him getting knocked out by Tyron Woodley at UFC 201 being hung up on the gym’s wall. The former interim champion added that he considers Lawler leaving the camp a betrayal and that while he’s appreciative of Lawler for helping him out in the early portion of his career, he wants to leave Lawler “in a pool of his own blood.”
In a recent interview with New York radio station HOT 97, however, Lawler didn’t seem to care about what Covington had to say about him, but still gave praise to Covington.
“I think it’s just him talking,” Lawler said. “I don’t really pay much attention to what anyone’s saying. I know why I left, and that’s all that matters. Every decision I’ve ever made in my life, I’m better for it. It’s all learning experiences, and I’m just here to fight. I’m not here to talk about the past. I’m here to get better. I’m here to grow and continue to grow at life and in the sport.
“I think [Covington’s] done a good job. He’s a hard-working guy. He’s got a lot of ability. I think he does a lot of good things, and he’s got a good camp behind him.”
Lawler will be looking to rebound off back-to-back losses. After tearing his ACL and dropping a unanimous decision to Rafael dos Anjos in late 2017, Lawler returned at UFC 239, losing via a controversial first-round submission to Ben Askren in the UFC debut of “Funky.”
Covington, meanwhile, has lost just one of the 15 fights in his professional MMA career. He claimed the interim UFC welterweight title at UFC 225, defeating dos Anjos, but has not competed since due to injuries, eventually being stripped of the interim belt.
UFC Newark takes place on Aug. 3 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Original Story: MMAJunkie