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UFC 201 predictions: ‘Lawler vs Woodley’ Fight Pass ‘Prelims’ undercard preview, Pt. 1

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More fights are coming to Fight Pass and FOX Sports 2 this weekend (Sat., July 30, 2016) when UFC 201: “Lawler vs. Woodley” storms Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC 201 “Prelims” party with the first installment of a two-part undercard preview series.

Heavy hands! Two of the most fearsome sluggers in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight division will lock horn this Saturday evening (July 30, 2016) when Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler looks for his third title defense against Tyron Woodley inside Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition, “Thug” Rose Namajunas takes on Karolina Kowakiewicz in a Strawweight title eliminator and Matt Brown throws down with Jake Ellenberger in a delectable 170-pound style clash.

In addition to the five-fight pay-per-view (PPV), you can catch three “Prelims” undercard matches on Fight Pass and another four on FOX Sports 2. The former is the subject of tonight’s breakdowns, so let’s get cracking:

170 lbs.: Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic

Michael Graves (6-0) opened American Top Team’s run on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 on a sour note with a loss to Kamaru Usman, but redeemed himself later on with a comeback submission of Jason Jackson. In UFC itself, he’s edged out castmate Vicente Luque and tapped “Lookin’ for a Fight” product Randy Brown.

Three of his wins have come by (technical) knockout.

Bojan Velickovic (14-3) entered UFC on a four-fight win streak, bringing with him the RFA Welterweight title. This past April, he made his promotional debut at Middleweight with a narrow decision over Italy’s Alessio Di Chirico.

He stands four inches taller than Graves at 6’2.”

Before Velickovic’s debut, I expressed doubts about how well the hulking Serb would do against an opponent he couldn’t outclass physically. My concerns were decently well-founded, as he had some issues with Di Chirico and ….View full article

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