According to TMZ Sports, former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler has withdrawn from UFC 205 and a mouth-watering match-up with Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.
The report, which emerges only days after the fight was confirmed, does not include any details as to why Lawler has done so.
Lawler’s last trip to the octagon ended in a devastating first round defeat at the heavy-hands of Tyron Woodley and the loss of his championship belt. However, that defeat didn’t seem to quell the beast within the American Top Team representative. If anything it appeared only to agitate it further.
UFC president Dana White suggested last month that the ‘Ruthless’ one began aggressively campaigning for another fight not long afterwards.
Dana White says Robbie Lawler is calling him everyday trying to get a fight right now#UFCVancouver
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) August 27, 2016
The company quickly delivered, but it now appears as though Lawler will have to wait a little longer for his opportunity at a rehabilitative victory.
Cerrone is only a newcomer to the welterweight division, but he has looked spectacular since making the ascent from lightweight earlier this year. At UFC 202 last month, the Jackson-Wink fighter extended his winning-streak to three when he scored a spectacular second-round stoppage victory over Rick Story.
The TMZ report suggests that Cerrone will remain on the UFC 205 card and that matchmakers are already seeking a replacement opponent for the 33-year-old veteran.
This is a huge blow to the landmark event – the UFC’s first in the state of New York since 1995 – as the bout was a really high quality, fan friendly affair.
Given the fact that the promotion’s other historically significant event of the year, UFC 200, was beset by problems and withdrawals of every possible kind, officials, and indeed fans, will be hoping that this isn’t the beginning of a similar trend.