It is Finally Time for the UFC 201’s biggest event every UFC 201 Live stream Results: ‘Lawler vs Woodley’ play-by-play updates UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler defends his title on Saturday night The main event at UFC 201 in Atlanta, Georgia, is expected to be a firecracker when welterweight champion Robbie Lawler defends his belt against Tyron Woodley this weekend.Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC)
Some may question Woodley’s entitlement to a title shot, but no-one is doubting Lawler’s credibility as a champion.
Lawler has been involved in some of the greatest title fights of all time and arguably, the greatest ever UFC fight when he and Rory MacDonald went to war at UFC 189 in July last year.
Lawler won the title at UFC 181 after exacting revenge on then champion Johny Hendricks, who’d beat him previously for the title vacated by Georges St-Pierre at UFC 171.
Getty ImagesTyron Woodley steps on the scale during the UFC 192 weigh-in at the Toyota Center on October 2, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Woodley’s opponent, Johny Hendricks, was forced to withdraw due to medical reasons.Tyron Woodley steps into the Octogon in the UFC 201 main event against Lawler
Since beating Hendricks for the title, Lawler has defended it twice, once in that MacDonald fight and again in January in another five-round epic with Carlos Condit.
While Lawler has looked unflappable as the champion, the intensity of his bouts could ultimately catch up with him – the question is, will that be this weekend?
If Lawler’s time at the top is up, the man who will be in prime position to benefit will be Woodley this Saturday night (Sunday morning).
Getty ImagesRobbie Lawler punches Carlos Condit in their UFC welterweight championship boutLawler’s second title defence came in a five-round epic against Carlos Condit
Getty ImagesKelvin Gastelum (L) and Tyron Woodley kick at each other in a welterweight bout during UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Woodley won by split decisionWoodley could prey on Lawler’s succession of tough-fought victories
Woodley has won four of his last five to earn the title shot with wins over the likes of Josh Koscheck, Carlos Condit and Dong Hyun Kim, however, he has not fought in over a year since his split-decision win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 183.
He was originally scheduled to face Hendricks at UFC 192 in Houston but Hendricks pulled out of the fight on just 24 hours notice due to weight cut issues.
The question mark against Woodley is whether 15 months of inactivity will show when he enters the Octagon on Saturday night.
Outside of the main event, there are many other interesting bouts, one including Britain’s own Ross Pearson who steps up to face Jorge Masvidal on short notice.
Getty Images(L-R) Robbie Lawler punches Rory MacDonald in their UFC welterweight title fight during the UFC 189 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Lawler won arguably the greatest UFC fight of all time against Rory MacDonald at UFC 189
This will be a big challenge for Pearson coming off a loss just last month to Will Brooks at The Ultimate Fighter finale during International Fight Week 2016.
Also worthy of attention will be the co-main event featuring Rose Namajunas taking on Karolina Kowalkiewicz in strawweight action. The winner could well get a shot at the champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk should they impress.
UFC 201 – Full fight card and TV times
Main Card, BT Sport 2, Sunday 3AM (BST)
Welterweight: Robbie Lawler vs Tyron Woodley
Strawweight: Rose Namajunas vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Welterweight: Matt Brown vs Jake Ellenberger
Bantamweight: Frankie Rivera vs Erick Perez
Flyweight: Ian McCall vs Justin Scoggins
Preliminary Card, BT Sport 2, Sunday 1AM (BST)
Light Heavyweight: Ed Herman vs Nikita Krylov
Welterweight: Ross Pearson vs Jorge Masvidal
Heavyweight: Anthony Hamilton vs Damien Grabowski
Flyweight: Wilson Reis vs Hector Sandoval
Early Prelim Card – UFC Fight Pass – 11:30 PM BST
Welterweight: Michael Graves vs Bjoan Velickovic
Flyweight: Ryan Benoit vs Fredy Serano
Lightweight: Cesar Arzemedia vs Damien Brown
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