For unknown reasons, former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler has pulled out of an MMA fight at UFC 205. Lawler is to face Donald Cerrone when the UFC debuts at the Madison Square Garden.
TMZ broke the report from Lawler’s camp with no clear explanation for pulling out of the said fight. Lawler lost the welterweight title after he got beaten by Tyron Woodley back at UFC 201 via first round knockout. However, the report noted that Cerrone will still be on the fight card that slated on Nov. 12.
— The MMA Bible (@TheMMABible) September 10, 2016
UFC 205 would have been the right stage for Lawler to redeem himself as he goes up Cerrone, who had a three-winning streak. Cerrone has been impressive with a 3-0 record since moving up from the lightweight to the welterweight division.
Lawler claimed the welterweight crown after beating Johny Hendricks via split decision at UFC181. He then had two successful title defenses first beating Rory MacDonald in a gruesome match at UFC 189 and then defeated Carlos Condit at UFC 195.
The UFC has not yet announced as to who will face Cerrone on Nov. 12. UFC 205 marks the return the UFC to the Big Apple. Many are speculating that injury could be one of the causes why Lawler decided to pull out of the event.
— Sherdog.com (@sherdogdotcom) September 10, 2016
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The UFC is now in search for a worthy opponent for Cerrone. UFC 205 will also feature a middleweight showdown between Tim Kennedy against Rashad Evans. It will also have Al Iaquinta taking on Thiago Alves in the lightweight division while Gian Villante against Marcos Rogério de Lima in the light heavyweight division.
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