Dan Lambert has 'nothing bad to say about Robbie Lawler' after leaving ATT

Robbie Lawler’s reason to depart from American Top Team was never quite clarified.

That’s until former interim welterweight champion and ATT standout, Colby Covington, came out and said it was because of a picture that the team put up of then welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who was the one who took the title from Lawler, defeating him via first round knockout at UFC 201 in July 2016.

When asked about Lawler’s departure on MMA Junkie Radio, ATT owner Dan Lambert didn’t have much insight to offer and said he doesn’t hold any ill will toward Lawler for his decision to relocate to Hard Knocks 365.

“Well from my standpoint, fighters come and fighters go,” Lambert told MMA Junkie Radio. “We focus on the fighters that are at the gym, not fighters who have left. I don’t have anything bad to say about Robbie Lawler. Even if I did, he’d be the last person I’d say something bad about, I mean look at the guy. Look at the guy and look at his status in the sport.”

Lambert has a plethora of talent at ATT, with the likes of bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes, interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier, Yoel Romero, Jorge Masvidal, Covington and the list goes on.

Covington (14-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) is scheduled to fight on Lawler (28-13 MMA, 13-7 UFC) in the main event of UFC on ESPN 5 in Newark, N.J., on Aug. 3. The former teammates are set to collide, but Lambert said he’s not too concerned with the drama that ensues, and can only focus on the guys who are at the gym.

“You’re going to try and get into a PR battle with that guy? You’re going to lose that one every time but you know, we focus on people that are at the gym,” Lambert said. “Try to make them better, get them to fight. Colby is at our gym, Robbie is not so we’re focusing on Colby.”

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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