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Robbie Lawler departs from American Top Team

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Robbie Lawler has left American Top Team.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Robbie Lawler is looking for a new gym to call home.

The former UFC welterweight champion has left American Top Team, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on Wednesday. ENT Imports was the first to report the news and MMA reporter Jason Coles tweeted about it Wednesday.

Lawler, 34, became the high-profile gym’s first UFC champion when he beat Johny Hendricks to win the UFC welterweight title in 2014. “Ruthless” began training at ATT in Coconut Creek, Fla., in 2012 after coming up as a fighter at the legendary Miletich Fighting Systems in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Requests for comment from Lawler and his team were not immediately returned.

Lawler (27-11, 1 NC) dropped the title after more than two years when he fell via first-round knockout to Tyron Woodley at UFC 201 in August. Lawler won five straight and eight of nine before that, rejuvenating his career after an up-and-down run with Strikeforce.

In the fall, Lawler initially agreed to face Donald Cerrone at UFC 205, the first-ever UFC card in New York City in November. But Lawler decided he needed more time after the KO loss to Woodley just a few months earlier and withdrew from the bout.

Lawler, who is originally from Iowa, but now lives in South Florida, has been a pro MMA fighter since 2001.