Say it ain’t so!
Most people know Robbie Lawler 3.0, the well rounded striker that has beaten names like Rory MacDonald, Johny Hendricks, and most recently Carlos Condit. What they don’t know is that this comes at the tail end of 16 year career in which his style has seen many rebirths. With his longtime striking coach Mike Pena retired, and rumors of him leaving American Top Team (ATT), what will Robbie Lawler 4.0 look like?
According to multiple sources including Fox Sports and ENT Imports, the former middleweight champ has left ATT and is looking for a new gym. But why leave the team he’s had marked success with over the last couple of years? Perhaps the writing was on the wall.
While many fans were calling Tyron Woodley’s first round K.O. of the former champ back at UFC 201 a “fluke”, it seems it may have exposed some deeper issues. Lawler has since pulled out of a fight with Cowboy Cerrone that was suppose to be part of one of the biggest cards in history at UFC 205 and has now changed camps.
Some say he hasn’t looked the same since longtime striking Coach Mike Pena retired back at UFC 189 and has been on a decline ever since. Some are calling for his retirement, stating he’s taken too much damage in his 16 year career as a knockout artist.
If Lawler does ultimately decide to stay in the game, which team should he go to? With supposed “rival” and current champ Tyron Woodley training at RoofusSport and fellow Addidas sponsor Luke Rockhold training at the injury factory that is AKA, what will be Lawler’s next move? Maybe he’ll get a serious craving for poutine and train with Rory MacDonald and GSP over at Tristar. Robbie with a French Canadian accent? Now that’s weird.
What do you guys think, should Robbie Lawler be looking for greener pastures or a way out of the fight game?