UFC 201 Lawler vs Woodley predictions and preview.
UFC 201 is going a bit unnoticed after being shoved between the circus that UFC 200 turned into and the Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz highly anticipated rematch in three weeks for UFC 202. This was expected after it was announced a few weeks ago that one of the best fighters and stars in the UFC today Demetrious Johnson was injured and his fight with Wilson Reis got scrapped from the card for the Flyweight Championship.
With the fight card always subject to change, Thursday it was announced that another fight was forced off the card as Justin Scoggins struggled with weight-cutting issues, and his bout with Ian McCall won’t be happening. Instead the open main-card slot now goes to 125-pounders Ryan Benoit vs Fredy Serrano. With that said, folks this is still an event headlined by Robbie Lawler one of the best brawlers and toughest guys in the sport today as he defends his Welterweight championship for the third time against Tyrone Woodley. So the price of admission for a Lawler fight is always worth it, regardless of how the card looks.
What scares me in a fight like this is that for Lawler since 2014 he has absorbed 642 strikes and has gone five brutal rounds, back-to-back-to-back. Lawler isn’t one of the best Welterweights we’ve seen in the sport for nothing, but at sometime these poundings and broken bones have got to catch up to him right? We saw that in January in an absolute war against Carlos Condit, Lawler’s corner was panicking going into the fifth round seeming that the only way to retain his title was to score a knockout. Lawler did what he does best by landing big shots hurting Condit and winning by a narrow split decision in a controversial ending to many fight fans. But still, how many times can Lawler gut out another performance like that night?
Woodley on the other hand is a powerful wrestler, and his top game can be deadly, but I can’t see Woodley trying to take the fight to the mat. This is a toss-up for me, if everything goes right for Lawler I can see him scoring a TKO in rounds 4 or 5 setting up a potential super fight with “Wonderboy” Stephen Thompson. Woodley on the other hand, is fighting with a chip on his shoulder coming into the fight, and if Lawler gets caught reaching Woodley has the power and speed to make him pay for it.
(Straw-weight) Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
I”ll keep this short and to the point. Karolina is being over looked here to many, but from what I’ve seen Namajunas is definitely the better fighter, and can find multiple ways to win. Not to mention she’s on a roll.
(Welterweight) Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger
I’m a huge Matt Brown fan. He’s another one of those guys where I would say regardless of the card it’s going to be worth it since Brown is fighting. This guy is not afraid to go into war, and isn’t scared to take shots either. This is kind of a weird fight, and it’s hard for me to pick against Brown, but with Ellenberger fighting for his employment this should quickly turn into a war that’ll be fun for the fans to see.
(Bantamweight) Francisco Rivera vs. Erik Perez
(Flyweight) Ryan Benoit vs. Fredy Serrano
(Light Heavyweight) Nikita Krylov vs. Ed Herman
(Welterweight) Ross Pearson vs. Jorge Masvidal
(Heavyweight) Anthony Hamilton vs. Damian Grabowski
Wilson Reis vs. Hector Sandoval
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