Lawler’s boxing coach Matt Pena resigns from the fighter’s camp after win
After probably the biggest win of his career, UFC welterweight champ Robbie Lawler's longtime boxing coach Matt Pena has resigned from the fighter's camp. Pena and Lawler cooperated for more than ten years and went through rough patches together. This is why this decision to leave the fighter when he reached the top is even more surprising.
"My reasons for stepping away I will keep private right now. The only folks that I feel are entitled to that information are me and Robbie," said Pena.
"There are really only two things left that I've wanted to help accomplish in the sport of MMA. One was watching Robbie enter the Hall of Fame, which I'm sure he will at the end of his reign. The only other thing I wanted to do was help him get a win over Georges St-Pierre, who I'm sure will never come back after what he saw on Saturday. So it's safe to say I've done all I can do in this sport as a boxing coach."
"It is with deep regret that I'm resigning as boxing coach for Robbie Lawler, ending over 10 years of dedication to the UFC welterweight champion," Pena said. "I have received tremendous satisfaction knowing that I am one of the few that told people years ago that he was the best welterweight in the world.“
Pena lives in Salt Lake City, in the state of Utah, and was forced to fly to ATT for every Lawler's camp. The long distance travel and being away from the family might be one of the reasons why Pena left the camp. The name of Lawler's new coach is still not known.