According to sources, the UFC is currently moving towards booking Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler for the 170-pound title at UFC 201 in Atlanta. MMA Fighting first reported that the fight was in the works two weeks ago, and now it has moved into the finalizing stages. It’s not official just yet, but If all goes to plan, the fight could be announced as soon as this week.
SAT. JUL. 30, 2016
Where Place On : Atlanta, Georgia
Update: The UFC has announced Lawler vs. Woodley for the UFC 201 main event.
Lawler (27-10, 1 NC) has won his last five fights in a row. He has successfully defended the 170-pound title twice, most recently against Carlos Condit in January at UFC 195. That five-round fight is considered by many pundits as one of the very best fights of 2016.
Woodley (15-3) has won two fights in a row and four of his last five. He hasn’t fought since a Jan. 2015 win over Kelvin Gastelum because he was scheduled to meet Johny Hendricks at UFC 192 in October, however, Hendricks failed to make weight and pulled out of the fight the day before the event.
A logjam of contenders has developed at 170 pounds, with Demian Maia, Neil Magny,Stephen Thompson, Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit all possessing strong arguments to be considered next for Lawler, however, it now appears Woodley will get the nod.
UFC 201 is scheduled for July 30, and it will take place at Phillips Arena in Atlanta.
Also on the main card are No. 8-ranked welterweight Matt Brown(20-14 MMA, 13-8 UFC) vs. vet Jake Ellenberger (30-11 MMA, 9-7 UFC) and bantamweights Erik Perez (15-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) andFrancisco Rivera (11-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC). A flyweight bout between No. 7-ranked Ian McCall (13-5-1 MMA, 2-3-1 UFC) and No. 11 Justin Scoggins (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) opens the PPV broadcast.
On the prelims, light-heavyweight vets Nikita Krylov (20-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Ed Herman (23-11 MMA, 10-7 UFC) close out the FS2 portion of the card, and a welterweight fight of Michael Graves (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Bojan Velickovic (14-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) concludes the UFC Fight Pass stream.
The full UFC 201 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Rose Namajunas
- Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger
- Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera
- Ian McCall vs. Justin Scoggins
- A title fight headlines the event as welterweight champion championRobbie Lawler (27-10 MMA, 12-4 UFC), who’s No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, looks for his third straight title defense when he takes on challenger and No. 3-ranked Tyron Woodley (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC).