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Robbie Lawler on Woodley: 'I don't really look at him as a teammate'

Despite UFC 201 being hyped as a battle of teammates, Robbie Lawler explains why he doesn't consider Tyron Woodley a true teammate.

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Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley will both be sporting the American Top Team flag when they clash at UFC 201, but they're far from teammates.

'Ruthless', who trains out of Coconut Creek, Florida, explained at a recent media scrum in Los Angeles how Woodley owns a separate ATT facility in Missouri.

"Woodley was there before me, he's been part of ATT (American Top Team) long before I got there, but he hasn't been down in Coconut Creek doing his training camps," Lawler said, per Damon Martin of FOX Sports. "Like I don't think he's been down there for two years and he was rarely down there before so I don't really look at him as a teammate."

Lawler, who clearly respects Woodley as an American Top Team representative, won't be holding back when the two welterweights collide at UFC 201.

"A teammate's a guy who's in there everyday grinding, making other guys better, and building the atmosphere. He's definitely part of the ATT family but he's not one of my teammates."

Lawler is considered one of the most fierce champions in the sport with some of the most devastating hands in the division. The 34-year-old retained his 170-pound title for the second time in a Fight of the Year candidate with Carlos Condit at UFC 195 and will look to establish himself as a top 3 pound-for-pound talent with a win over Woodley.

UFC 201, which features Lawler vs. Woodley in the main event, takes place July 30 at Philips Arena Atlanta, Georgia.

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