UFC 201: Woodley quickly knocks out Lawler to win welterweight belt
Tyron Woodley connected on a massive right hand minutes into the first round to finish Robbie Lawler and win the UFC welterweight title at UFC 201.
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Lawler was patient early, trying to gauge the timing of Woodley, but had his guard lowered by a Woodley feint, which opened up the right hand knockdown.
The official time was 2:12.
Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz earned Fight-of-the-Night honours, while Jake Ellenberger and Tyron Woodley earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.
Kenai Andrews runs it down:
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
CEZAR ARZAMENDIA VS DAMIEN BROWN
WINNER: DAMIEN BROWN VIA TKO R1 2:21
ANDREWS PREDICTION: CEZAR ARZAMENDIA VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Damien Brown hurt Cezar several times and was hurt himself but just went after it and took him out. Excellent win for Brown.
MICHAEL GRAVES VS BOJAN VELICKOVIC
WINNER: MAJORITY DRAW (30-27 GRAVES, 28-28-28-28)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MICHAEL GRAVES VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Graves clearly won the last two rounds of the fight using his grappling to control Velickovic. It wasn’t exactly a barnburner of a fight either.
TSN 5 PRELIMS
WILSON REIS VS HECTOR SANDOVAL
WINNER: WILSON REIS VIA SUBMISSION R1 1:49
ANDREWS PREDICTION: WILSON REIS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Sandoval was doing well striking which prompted Reis to shut it down with a takedown and use his ground game to get the neck crank. Good fight, I thought Hector went for it.
DAMIAN GRABOWKSI VS ANTHONY HAMILTON
WINNER: ANTHONY HAMILTON VIA TKO R1 0:14
ANDREWS PREDICTION: DAMIEN GRABOVSKI VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: What took Hamilton so long? Seriously, Hamilton never Grabovski a chance to get started. Nailed him with shots and swarmed. Excellent win for Hamilton.
ROSS PEARSON VS JORGE MASVIDAL
WINNER: JORGE MASVIDAL VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JORGE MASVIDAL VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Masvidal used his reach and striking to hurt Pearson in the second round and keep Pearson at bay for most of the bout. Pearson to his credit hung tough, but was beaten by a superior striker.
#11 NIKITA KRYLOV VS ED HERMAN
WINNER: NIKITA KRYLOV VIA TKO R2 0:40
ANDREWS PREDICTION: NIKITA KRYLOV VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: Ed Herman fought great, getting in a lot of good shots, but Krylov was better. What a left headkick finish. Great fight and great performances by both fighters.
RYAN BENOIT VS FREDDY SERRANO
WINNER: RYAN BENOIT DEF FREDDY SERRANO (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: FREDDY SERRANO VIA TKO
Andrews: An entertaining performance by Serrano but Benoit was too technical and landed too much. Good fight.
FRANCISCO RIVERA VS ERIK PEREZ
WINNER: ERIK PEREZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ERIK PEREZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Perez used his smarts to take the starch out of Rivera and then get the fight to the ground. Good win for Perez.
#9 MATT BROWN VS JAKE ELLENBERGER
WINNER: JAKE ELLENBERGER VIA TKO R1 1:46
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MATT BROWN VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: The Juggernaut showed up and cracked Brown with a knockdown right hand seconds into the fight. Then a left kick to the liver when it looks like Brown had recovered. Excellent win for Ellenberger.
#3 ROSE NAMAJUNAS VS #5 KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ
WINNER: KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROSE NAMAJUNAS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Karolina did to Rose what no one else has really been able to do for the whole fight: Outstrip and outfight Rose wherever the fight went. It was those knees in the clinch that took the starch out of Rose and although Rose landed her share of shots, was always playing catchup. Excellent win for Karolina.
#3 ROBBIE LAWLER VS #4 TYRON WOODLEY
WINNER: TYRON WOODLEY VIA TKO R1 2:12
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROBBIE LAWLER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Woodley just closed the distance and landed a right hand that dropped him. Tyron just swarmed in and the ref had to stop it. Excellent win for Woodley.