Following the rambunctious event that was UFC 200, the worlds biggest MMA organization returns to pay-per-view with UFC 201. The event will be headlined by a welterweight title fight as champion Robbie Lawler defends against Tyron Woodley. Also, Rose Namajunas takes on Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Ian McAll returns to action after a long layoff.
UFC Welterweight Title Fight
“Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (27-10-0-1NC) (Champion) vs. “The Chosen One” Tyron Woodley (15-3-0)
Lawler will be making the third defense of his championship, last defending it against Carlos Condit at UFC 195. Woodley has won four of his last five under the UFC banner, but he will be returning to action after a year-plus layoff. Lawler will enter the fight riding a five fight winning streak and he has not suffered a defeat in over two years. Woodley has fought a total of seven fights in the UFC and only two of those fights have gone to the judge’s scorecards. Lawler is the most hit champion in the UFC right now and Woodley is a technical fighter that does not take many risks, Woodley eventually catches a swinging Lawler and finishes him with strikes in the fourth to win the title.
UFC Women’s Strawweight Division Fight
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (9-0-0) vs. Rose “Thug” Namajunas (5-2-0)
Kowalkiewicz has already won a pair of fights under the UFC banner, defeating Heather Clark and Randa Markos. Namajunas will enter the fight riding a three fight winning streak, with notable wins coming over Tecia Torres and Paige VanZant. Kowalkiewicz is a longtime veteran of the KSW MMA promotion out of Poland, where five of her nine career wins took place. Namajunas has already fought once for the strawweight title, losing to Carla Esparza at the UFC Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale. Kowalkiewicz generally will ground and pound her opponents to attain victory, but Namajunas is dangerous off of her back, Namajunas gets a second round submission win.
UFC Welterweight Division Fight
Matt “The Immortal” Brown (20-14-0) vs. Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger (30-11-0)
Brown has only won just one of his last four under the UFC banner and he has not put together a win streak in over two years. Ellenberger has only won just one of his last six in UFC competition and he has not earned a victory in well over a year. Brown has struggled with wrestlers in the past, Ellenberger grounds Brown and grinds out a decision win.
UFC Bantamweight Division Fight
Erik “El Goyito” Perez (15-6-0) vs. Francisco “Cisco” Rivera (11-6-0-1NC)
Perez has rotated wins and losses in his last five UFC appearances, with his last bout being a win over Taylor Lapilus at UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Gastelum. Rivera has only won just one of his last five under the UFC banner, with that lone win coming over Alex Caceres at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Boetsch. Rivera has a powerful striking game, but he tends to get winded badly as the fight goes on, Perez uses his ground game and striking to get a decision win.
UFC Flyweight Division Fight
Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall (13-5-1) vs. Justin “Tank” Scoggins (11-2-0)
McCalll has won two of his last three under the UFC banner, but he will be returning to action after a year-plus layoff. Scoggins will enter the fight riding a two fight winning streak and this will be the first time he has fought more than once in a year since 2014. McCall has seen his career derailed by tons of injuries and Scoggins knows how to use his striking game, Scoggins keeps McCall at a distance with his karate game to get a decision win.
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