Robbie Lawler, former UFC welterweight champion has recently opened up as to why he moved from his longtime gym at the American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida.

Lawler, who spoke to Brett Okamoto – Mixed Martial Arts reporter on the 5ive Rounds Podcast noted that he left because the time had come for him to leave.

“It was time for me to go. It wasn’t the place for me.

“I have a lot of friends and buddies still training there but the place wasn’t for me anymore and that’s what I have to say about that,” Lawler posited.

In mixed martial arts, the American Top Team has remained one of the most prolific gyms. However, it was unable to produce a champion until Lawler.

Lawler defeated Johny Hendricks, the then champion to win the UFC title via split decision at UFC 181 in December 2014, a fight which was a rematch from their initial outing in May 2014. Hendricks emerged winner via unanimous decision in the first bout.

Lawler later went on to defend the belt seven months after against Rory MacDonald. The match saw him win in the fifth round via technical knockout.

For a second time, Lawler defended the belt again in January 2016. His opponent was Carlos Condit and it was a hard fought back and forth war.

For Lawler, it could almost be said to be a good time for him and the credit could be given to the four years he spent with the American Top Team. Histime through the American Top Team began back in 2012 after he had suffered more losses than wins while withStrikeforce.

However, his fate changed after he was knocked out by Tyron Woodley 2:12 into the fight, one that ensured that the title changed hands.

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