Former UFC Welterweight Champ Robbie Lawler Leaves American Top Team

By Tristen Critchfield Jan 11, 2017

Robbie Lawler has parted ways with American Top Team.

Multiple outlets confirmed Lawler’s departure on Wednesday following an initial report from ENT Imports. It is currently unclear where Lawler will train next.

After starting off at Miletich Fighting Systems in Iowa, Lawler rejuvenated his career at the Cocounut Creek, Fla.-based camp, capturing welterweight gold with a five-round verdict over Johny Hendricks at UFC 181. “Ruthless” defended the belt twice in “Fight of the Year” candidates, besting Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 and Carlos Condit at UFC 195.

The 34-year-old Strikeforce veteran was then paired with ATT teammate Tyron Woodley at UFC 201, although Woodley was based primarily at the gym’s Missouri affiliate and didn’t train in Florida prior to their bout. Woodley would claim the welterweight strap with a first-round knockout victory, ending a five-bout winning streak for Lawler.

“Ruthless” was scheduled to face Donald Cerrone at UFC 205 in New York but withdrew from the contest because he needed more time to recover from the KO defeat to Woodley. He does not currently have a fight booked.


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