One of the most anticipated non-title fights on the UFC’s winter schedule abruptly fell apart this past month when former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler withdrew from his Madison Square Garden clash against Donald Cerrone less than a week after the bout was announced to great fanfare for UFC 205.
The news disappointed many in the mixed martial arts world, however Lawler’s teammate at American Top Team, Bellator contender Muhammed Lawal, believes the decision for Lawler to withdraw was necessary to protect the 34-year-old veteran, who suffered a brutal knockout loss to Tyron Woodley on July 30 at UFC 201.
“It’s like this, personally, me, I think that Robbie shouldn’t fight until December or January,” Lawal said recently on The MMA Hour. “Take time off, because these past two years, man, at the gym, Robbie’s been going to the max. Take some time to recharge, because Cerrone is a good fighter, it’s a great fight for the fans — why rush it? Cerrone ain’t going nowhere. Cerrone is always in shape, always ready. So once Robbie recharges, if Cerrone wants to fight Robbie, then they can fight.”
In truth, Lawler’s output since returning to the UFC in 2013 has been nothing short of incredible. The old-school fighter has competed 10 times over that span, and his title reign was perhaps one of the most ferocious in welterweight history. From Dec. 2014 to Jan. 2016, Lawler fought a trio of ‘Fight of the Year’ candidates against Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald, and Carlos Condit, winning all three until succumbing to a first-round knockout at the hands of Woodley in his UFC 201 title defense.
And while the announcement of Lawler’s return at UFC 205 against Cerrone was widely met with excitement from the MMA fanbase, ….View full article
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