The boxing coach for Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler, and grandson of legendary Davenport Boxing coach Alvino Peña, Matt Peña has resigned from Team Lawler.


“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,” Peña told ESPN‘s Brett Okamoto. “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.”

“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.” Peña added.

“I would like to thank Pat Miletich, Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, Tim Sylvia and Spencer Fisher for giving me an opportunity of proving the effectiveness of my grandfather Alvino Peña’s boxing style in the sport of MMA. I’ve helped three men get UFC championships and was privileged to work with a couple of other champions during their career. I know that I’ve been fortunate enough to work with legends, a small group of athletes in Iowa who became the best in the world.”

Lawler vs McDonald II at UFC 189 in Chicago last weekend was one of the best fights of the year.

Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler’s boxing skills was a big part of his win from last night. A legacy of the Peña school of boxing.


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