Robbie Lawler’s future away from American Top Team
One of the scariest fighters in the UFC roster, Robbie Lawler, has decided to part ways with American Top Team after 5 mostly successful years of training in Florida.
Lawler began his professional career in 2001 with the Miletich Fighting Systems in Bettendorf, Iowa. He had a highly successful start by going 7-0. After years with many ups and downs in his fights, he decided to join American Top Team in his quest for UFC gold. It was then when he returned to Welterweight and found his old savage self and after losing once to Johny Hendricks, he won the UFC title in December of 2014.
After that, he defended his championship twice in Fight of the Year winner matches, once against Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 and once against Carlos Condit at UFC 195. Unfortunately,2016 had its negative side for Lawler, at UFC 201 he faced ATT partner, Tyron Woodley, to whom he lost with a brutal knockout in the first round. Both fighters have claimed that they were not real friends or teammates.
Nobody has confirmed if there is a beef between the two fighters and if that is the reason Robbie Lawler is in search for a new camp but it could definitely be one of the reasons, even though Woodley is now more of a member of roufusport in Milwaukee now.
A lot of gyms would welcome a true veteran of the sport with the magnitude of Robbie Lawler and it will be interesting to see where he ends up training.
Cody Garbrandt agrees with Conor McGregor about “snake in the grass” Dillashaw
The newly crowned bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt, has admitted on Twitter that Conor McGregor was right about TJ Dillashaw after all.
Tensions are rising in the bantamweight division, as the number one contender and the champion are keep firing shots at each other. The two men were training for many years in the same gym, Team Alpha Male, which TJ Dillashaw left in order to join the Elevation team with Duane “Bang” Ludwig in Colorado in 2015.
In an episode of The Ultimate Fighter Season 22, Dillashaw and his coach Duane Ludwig came in to help Team Faber with their training. When McGregor saw that, he tried to convince Urijah Faber that, the champion at that point, Dillashaw was “a snake in the grass” for deciding to leave the team and partially join Ludwig.
Things were heating up and Cody Garbrandt came close to blows with McGregor in defence of Dillashaw, with the rest of the fighter pulling the two men away from each other. A lot of things were said after that point about the way Dillashaw left Team Alpha Male, but it appears as if Dillashaw and Garbrandt could be set to bring that rivalry into the cage.
Replying to an article sent out in a tweet by mmafighting.com in which Dillashaw claimed that Garbrandt is trying to avoid a fight with him, Cody responded:
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) January 10, 2017
It seems that the bad blood between the two men is still there and has reached an even higher level, as a fight between them appears highly likely to take place in 2017 for the UFC bantamweight championship.
As the legendary Jim Ross used to say: “Business is about to pick up”.
In the Trenches with Rodney James – ONNIT Academy
Being relatively close to San Antonio I took my time getting into Austin on Thursday. I started my day off normally, with an obligatory death by cardio workout; the only difference being that I slept in…until 0530.
Needless to say, I was well rested when I arrived at the ONNIT Headquarters located mere miles from the heart of the Texas capital city, and about 3-4 miles south of the University of Texas.
The reason for my stop today was to finally hit the mats at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and see what this Eddie Bravo style is all about. Be careful what you wish for. As a practitioner and competitor in the traditional, more prevalent Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, it was an eye-opener, to say the least. I may as well have been going from Taekwondo to Muay Thai because the difference is literally that drastic.
Head Coach Curtis Hembroff led the class through a series of leglock, ankle lock and heel hook drills that are considered pretty advanced where I come from until it dawned on me that I was on another planet, remember..?
My drilling partner, aptly nicknamed “Mountain” because of his Stefan Struve-like stature, nonchalantly informed me that these moves are basic in this neck of the woods. As we transitioned to live rolling, I got a first-hand look at the effectiveness of basic level leg locks and sweeps as he submitted me multiple times in our 5-minute roll.
In the distance, former UFC Middleweight Andrew Craig was teaching a beginner’s striking class in another corner of the mat while we cycled through opponents and continued the rolls.
Round after round produced the same result as I found my legs getting caught in a bear trap time and again. Though I was able to hang a little better with some of the other guys in the gym, it was a rude awakening that exposed some of the weaknesses in my game and the visit showed me that the atmosphere on the 10th Planet is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.
All in all the experience was fun, and of course, the Austin chapter of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu is located with the ONNIT Academy which I will say is a highly recommended must-visit when coming through Austin. If you ever make your way to Texas, do not cheat yourself out of the experience of stopping in; if for nothing else than to take a quick tour of the world class facility and enjoy a nice cup of their amazing coffee.
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