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UFC 201 Quick Results: Woodley Wins Welterweight Title with First-Round KO

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UFC 201, which was the organization’s first pay-per-view offering since the historic UFC 200, went down at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Highlighted by a welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley, the rest of the card was undeniably lacking in big-name fighters—especially when compared to UFC 200. Despite this deficit, however, the event delivered as one of the most exciting in recent memory, as onlookers witnessed a handful of dazzling, first-round stoppages, and some excellent, back-and-forth scraps.

Here’s a recap of the madness for those who missed it!

The Main Card:

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Woodley Crushes Lawler to Take Welterweight Crown

In the evening’s main event, welterweight champion Robbie Lawler attempted to build on his incredible, late-career resurgence with a win over brick-fisted challenger Tyron Woodley. As former training partners at American Top Team, the two fighters were well acquainted with one another before they stepped onto the canvas in Atlanta.

In his recent title fights, Lawler has eaten dizzying shots from the likes of Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald, and Carlos Condit. When it came time to absorb Woodley’s best, however, the champ’s chin did not hold up. Just past the two-minute mark of round one, Woodley closed the distance on a back-peddling Lawler, and planted a meteor on his chin. A few seconds later, and challenger was finishing champion off against the cage. Woodley’s title-synching knockout victory occurred at the 2:12 mark of the first.

With the win, the new champion makes a successful return after an 18-month layoff. He can now look forward to a defense against Stephen Thompson sometime in the near future, while the winner of Carlos Condit and Demian Maia’s August bout will be waiting in the wings. With his title win, Woodley is now 16-3 overall, and 6-2 since joining the ….View full article

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