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Thursday, 03/13/2014, 04:45 am

Robbie Lawler: “I did not spar for the longest time”

The new and improved Robbie Lawler has hit the UFC in a big way in the past year or so, using his precise striking to drop repeated opponents and secure a three fight win streak since his return. However, before his rebirth as the fighter we see before us, he admittedly negated one of the most important aspects of any fighters training.

“I went through a patch where I did not spar for the longest time,” admitted Lawler to MMAjunkie.com. He claimed that he simply watched others put the gloves on and learned from their slip ups.

However, as time went on and Lawler’s career became stagnant, he decided to switch things up. So he began to train with American Top Team in Florida, and spent a bit more much needed time with the gloves on.

Now he’s on a strong three fight win streak and is headed into the biggest opportunity of his career as he faces off against Johny Hendricks for the UFC welterweight crown at UFC 171, which takes place at The American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX and is scheduled to air live on Pay-Per-View.

Lawler entered the scene at the fresh age of 20 with a similar three fight streak, however, after a pair of losses, he was released from the UFC and found himself swimming in the sea of lesser promotions.

However, fate has it that Lawler has found himself back in the UFC and heading into the most important fight of his career against possibly the most dangerous opponent he’s ever faced.

And now he’s realized that even though he’s avoided the physical damage of sparring he’s definitely reaped the rewards of doing so heading into his later years.

“In that patch, I was knocking a lot of people out. I just think the further that I got away from that at the higher level, it was harder to be sharp, or as sharp as I could be. So sparring was something I needed to do when I came back to the UFC.”

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By: Daneul Summers | Twitter: @daneulsummers

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