The main event for UFC 201 is official as a welterweight title fight between current champion Robbie Lawler and No. 3 ranked Tyron Woodley has been announced via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution following an initial report from Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting.
SAT. JUL. 30, 2016
Where Place On : Atlanta, Georgia
Lawler is on riding high on a five fight winning streak. Following his title win against Johny Hendricks at UFC 181 via split decision, Lawler has successfully defended the belt against Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 via TKO in the fifth round and against Carlos Condit at UFC 195 via split decision. Both title defences earned the champion ‘Fight of the Night’ honours.
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.
Woodley was expected to face Johny Hendricks on October 3, 2015 at UFC 192, however Hendricks was forced out of the fight due to complications with weight cutting and the bout was called off.
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.
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.
UFC 201 takes place July 30 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
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.