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UFC 201: Robbie Lawler, ‘Fighter to Watch’ tonight in Atlanta

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Robbie Lawler has nothing to prove at this stage in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. The current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion has beaten every 170-pound threat under the sun and has done so with fists of fury. He has dismantled the likes of Johny Hendricks, Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald in becoming one of the most entertaining and gutsiest champions in the sport today.

However, Lawler will be facing current American Top Team teammate Tyron Woodley later tonight (Sat., July 30, 2016) at UFC 201 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, for the undisputed Welterweight title. Both fighters know one another very well, which means “Chosen One” will offer “Ruthless” obstacles that he has yet to hurdle. Due to this familiarity and Woodley’s unprecedented athleticism, UFC 201 may be Lawler’s toughest test to date. That’s why the champ will be the one fighter to keep an eye on tonight in “A-Town.”

As one of the most productive offensive fighters in MMA today, Lawler also takes on a lot of damage in the process of landing his own momentum-swinging shots. That’s why many of his UFC title fights, specifically his rematch with Hendricks and five-round barn burner with “The Natural Born Killer,” resulted in Lawler needing to amp up the output in the championship rounds. Lawler’s willingness to get hit in the early going often lands him in trouble, but his well-tested chin allows him to stick around. That said, the cat-and-mouse game he tends to play gives his opponent’s more opportunities than they should have.

Later tonight at UFC 201, against a powerful challenger like Woodley, Lawler needs to show that he can not only be efficient with his exchanges on the feet, but that he can threaten to finish the fight early. It’s a task ….View full article

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