Woodley with the “T-Wood Bomb” defeats Robbie Lawler in first round KO at UFC 201


UFC 201 once again proved that in the Mixed Martial Arts world anything can happen and by anything I mean ANYTHING! Tyron Woodley did exactly what he said he would do and that was “Shock the World”by knocking out Ruthless Robbie Lawler in the first round of their welterweight title fight. In front of a jam packed crowd in Atlanta both Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley walked into the Octagon having all the respect in the world for each other. Being former teammates at American Top Team and never showing any hates towards each other, both knew the respect would be left at the steps of the Octagon as both were seeing to be the UFC Welterweight Champion.

As the first round began Lawler and Woodley circled each other, being very selective on their shots as both knew any mistake can cost them. Lawler who had been champion since beating Rory MacDonald in 2015, seemed to be very prepared to take on Woodley’s blitz game plan from the start. He fended off a takedown attempt by Woodley being very cautious to find any mistake in Woodley attack to counter.Well unfortunately for Lawler he was the one who made the one mistake and it cost him. Near the 2 minute mark Woodley fainted Lawler and landed a crushing right hand that floored Lawler into the cage. Woodley jumped right on top finishing Lawler with a series of punches before the referee stopped the fight. As the crowd stood in disbelief and Woodley celebrated around the octagon, Lawler struggled to stand up and understand what had happen. It was the only second time in his hall of fame career he had been stopped. When asked after the fight about the knockout, Lawler took the loss like the champion he is “I was sitting back more than I needed to instead of moving and he took advantage of it”.  Woodley wasted no time on what he wanted to do next as champion. He showed interest in fighting Nick Diaz who suspension is up in a couple of days for marijuana use and Georges St-Pierre who is rumored to be making a huge return after a three year lay off. Who would you guys like to see Tyron Woodley fight next? Rematch with Robbie Lawler? Slugfest with Nick Diaz? Or huge showdown with one of the best pound for pound fighters ever Georges St-Pierre? Dana White has some work to get done and we’ll be waiting to hear what is next for the new UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron “The Chosen One’ Woodley!

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Bud Crawford proves why he is the best at 140 pounds with an unanimous decision over Postol. Pacquiao next?


After a slow start Terence “Bud” Crawford made easy work of Viktor Postol winning an unanimous decision Saturday night to become the undisputed junior welterweight champion at 140 pounds. Terrence seemed to take the first three rounds to figure out his opponent Viktor Postol before ultimately putting on a boxing clinic in front of a huge Las Vegas crowd at the MGM Grand. Going into Saturday night’s fight Crawford was the favorite in the sports books, however many boxing experiments had it as a 50/50 fight. With Postol height and power punching it was going to be interesting how the smaller Crawford would adapt and limit Postol punching power while finding his range. He made those adjustments using his southpaw stance and finding the proper range to utilize the power punches of Postol.

In the fifth round Crawford landed a left hand on the top of Postol’s head forcing he’s knee to touch the canvas and was ruled a knocked down. As the round continued the crowd erupted when Crawford landed another left hand wobbling Postol and forcing his glove to touch the canvas and causing a second knockdown. As the fight continued into the later rounds Crawford found his range tattooing Postol who seemed to be relying on one single shot. In the twelfth and final round Postol who was seeking for knockout after losing a point in the eleventh round for hitting behind the head, taunted Crawford into an exchange and Crawford was more than willing to. Landing shots which made Postol retreat, Crawford stuck his tongue out, grinned and waved his glove in the air as the crowd went crazy. Crawford went on to earn an unanimous decision victory being ahead on all three judges score cards 118-107, 118-107 and 117-108.

Going into the fight it had been speculated that if successful in victory, Crawford would line himself up for a PPV showdown in November with the great Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao who would be coming back from a brief retirement. When asked after the fight about the potential showdown with Pacquiao, Crawford told reporters “If thats what Bob Arum and my coaches want, than we will discuss it later”. A fight with Pacquiao would be huge for Crawford who is now closing in on the top 5 pound for pound list and could help set up bigger fights down the line. Crawford also mentioned if the fight does happen he will want Manny Pacquiao to drop down to the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds and challenge him for his titles. This would be an interesting fight between two southpaws with one who is past his prime and the other who is barely entering his prime. Speed versus speed experience versus youth, Terence Crawford vs Manny Pacquiao is something boxing fans do not need but would love to see. The next few weeks should allow us to see how November will shape up!

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