Woodley is on a two fight winning streak, first besting Dong Hyun Kim on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 48, replacing Hector Lombard and winning the fight via TKO early in the first round. The win earned Woodley his first ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus award. Most recently Woodley faced welterweight prospect Kelvin Gastelum on January 31, 2015 at UFC 183 and declined 30% of Gastelum’s fight purse for him not making weight. ‘The Chosen One’ won the fight via split decision thus handing Gastelum his first professional defeat.
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Woodley, meanwhile, has been on the sideline since a split-decision win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 183, a fight for which Gastelum badly missed weight. Woodley, a 34-year-old former standout NCAA Division I wrestler, was then supposed to return this past October against Hendricks in a title eliminator, but the former champ’s weight cut was bad enough he needed to be hospitalized, and the fight with Woodley was canceled
Woodley (15-3) hasn’t fought since a split decision win vs. an overweight and ill Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 183. The former Strikeforce welterweight title challenger was scheduled to face Johny Hendricks at UFC 192, but Hendricks’ fight week hospitalization led to the cancellation of the fight, and Dana White effectively giving Woodley the next title shot. Woodley’s biggest wins are a knockout of Dong Hyun Kim, an injury TKO vs. Carlos Condit, and a vicious one-punch KO of Josh Koscheck. He’ll be coming off an 18 month layoff when he enters the cage against Lawler.
Lawler (27-10, 1 NC) is coming off a thrilling split decision win over Carlos Condit atUFC 195 in January. As we near the halfway point of 2016, it holds up as one of the best fights of the year. His previous title defense was an all-time classic vs. Rory MacDonaldat UFC 189, a fight which he won by 5th round TKO while behind on the scorecards. The 34-year-old’s incredible career resurgence has seen him win an incredible 8 of his 9 fights since returning to the UFC via Strikeforce in 2013.
Lawler beat Johny Hendricks by split decision to win the title at UFC 181. He’s since defended the title twice. At UFC 189, the 34-year-old American Top Team fighter defeated Rory MacDonald via fifth-round TKO in a “Fight of the Year” candidate. At UFC 195 in January, heearned a split-decision win over Carlos Condit.
UFC 201 will be held on July 30, 2016 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. This will be the third that the organisation has hosted in Atlanta, following UFC 88 in September of 2008 and UFC 145 in April of 2012.