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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