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UFC 201 predictions

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The sixth and final UFC event of the month finally closes the show and it features a welterweight contest plus an important women’s strawweight bout.

What: UFC 201: Lawler vs. Woodley

Where: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

When: Saturday, the two-fight Fight Pass preliminary card starts at 7 p.m. ET, the four-fight Fox Sports 2 preliminary card starts at 8 p.m. and the five-fight pay-per-view card kicks off at 10 p.m. ET.

Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley

We just don’t know when the bottom is going to drop out on Lawler. Is it at UFC 201? Is it the fight after that? No one knows. It’s impossible to tell. Let’s assume this isn’t the fight where that happens. If so, I expect Lawler to win on a few fronts, not least of which is the ability to get Woodley to back up. I don’t know what it means that he’s coming off of a loss, but I do know he doesn’t fight nearly as well as he does when he’s pushing forward. He does possess big power, but if Lawler is methodical and drags this late, this is his fight to lose. But let’s not forget: Woodley is fighting with a chip on his shoulder at a moment when Lawler’s viability as a guy who hasn’t taken too much damage is under question. Make no mistake, Woodley is a live dog.

Pick: Lawler

Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

I’m going to side with the upset here. Overall, Namajunas is the more talented fighter. She’s good or better in more areas. However, Kowalkiewicz’s takedown defense is better than advertised. She’s busy with her strikes and more importantly, Namajunas has traditionally shown a willingness to take a shot, especially in the clinch. Namajunas does like to work behind the jab, but to her credit, she also isn’t afraid ….View full article

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