UFC 201:
Lawler vs. Woodley

SAT. JULY 30, 2016
Los Angeles, California.

Ultimate Fighting Championships head to Atlanta, Georgia for UFC 201 on July 30, 2016. The main card showcases champion Robbie Lawler versus #3 Tyron Woodley. Champion Demetrius Johnson has also been added to the main card, meaning that UFC has 2 main events going on at UFC 201. Before getting into Lawler versus Woodley and Johnson versus #8 Wilson Reis, we’ll start with Jorge Masvidal versus SiyarBahadurzada.

The American Masvidal is 29-11. He’s only won by submission 7% of the time. Masvidal takes his time in the Octagon since 55% of his wins have arrived via decision. Does he have any chance versus the Afghanistan born SiyarBahadurzada? Maybe not. Bahadurzada has a nice 22-6-1 record. He’s got power since 55% of his wins have come via KO or TO.

#11 ranked Nikita Krylov takes his 20-4 record into the Octagon to face off against Ed Herman. Herman has a 24-11-0 with 1 no decision record. Both Krylov and Herman have decent ground games. Herman has won 58% of his battles via submission. Krylov has won 65% of his fights via submission. Krylov’s ability to land strikes, 6.27 per minute, could be the difference.

#3 ranked Rose Namajunas takes on #5 ranked Karolina Kowalkiewicz on the main card. Namajunas is 6 and 2. 83% of Namajunas’s wins have come via submission. Namajunas only lands 2.79 strikes per minute. Kowalkiewicz lands 6.17 strikes per minute. She’s also undefeated at 9 and 0. This should be one of the more entertaining fights at UFC 201.

Two of the more well-known UFC fighters battle it out in the Octagon at UFC 201 when #8 Matt Brown goes toe to toe with Jake Ellenberger. Ellenberger has lost 3 out of his last 4 fights including losing a decision to Tarec Saffiedine at UFC Fight Night on January 30. He’s going to have to step it up if he wants to take down Matt Brown, who fought Demian Maia tough at UFC 198.

In the first of 2 co-main events, Demetrius “Mighty Mouse” Johnson steps into the Octagon to battle #8 Wilson Reis. Johnson has a 24-2-1 record. Johnson knocked out Henry Cejudo in Round 1 in his last fight at UFC 198. That makes it 10 wins in a row for Mighty Mouse. Reis has a nice 20-6 record. Although Reis has won 3 out of his last 4 fights, he’s never faced an opponent as talented as Demetrius Johnson.

The main event has champion Robbie Lawler battling it out against Tyron Woodley. Lawler has 26 wins, 10 losses, and a single no decision. 77% of his fights have been won via KO or TKO. He’s one of the most popular fighters at UFC. At 15-3, Tyron Woodley has every right to feel confident heading into UFC 201. Woodley has looked good in his last 2 fights, knocking out Dong Hyun Kim in the first round and beating Kevin Gastelum via split decision. But the win over Kim happened in 2014. The win over Gastelum happened in January of 2015. It’s tough to see Woodley beating Lawler after having only fought twice in the past 3 years.


Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley

Tyron Woodley def. Robbie Lawler via knockout (punches) at 2:12 of Round 1
Robbie Lawler vs Tyron Woodley in a tremendous performance, Woodley knocked out his opponent last night (Sat., July 30, 2016) at UFC 201 inside Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Robbie Lawler gives Tyron Woodley his proper due for the latter's UFC welterweight title victory at UFC 201. But Lawler also doesn't buy that his loss was the result of fighting too many battles.

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Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis

According to a report, Demetrious Johnson is out of his UFC flyweight title defense against Wilson Reis at UFC 201 due to an injury.

Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger

Round 1: Ellenberger in blue, Brown in Black. Brown opens up with a big punch right off the bat that crumples Brown. Picture perfect 1-1-2. "Juggernaut" following up with GNP and a nice body knee. Brown tries an outside trip, but that just gets him some distance. Right hand from Brown and now Brown is on the aggressive. Ellenberger may have gassed himself early. Huge liver kick floors Brown and Jake follows up with about ten unanswered punches to get the stoppage victory. Final result: Jake Ellenberger defeats Matt Brown via TKO - liver kick and punches at 1:46 of Round 1

Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Rose in black, Karolina in white. Karolina takes center cage briefly, but gives up the position after just a few seconds of movement. Couple of leg kicks are the only action to land now 45 seconds into the fight. Rose with a right. Gets in another. Uses a Karolina leg kick to land another right. Rose gets in a leg kick and a left hand. Overhand from Rose and a straight right as well. Rose trips landing a leg kick. Karolina hits a left hand as Rose regains her footing.
Final result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz defeats Rose Namajunas by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Nikita Krylov vs. Ed Herman

Krylov in black, Herman in blue. Krylov with a spinning kick. Krylov lands a series of kicks and punches that back Herman into the cage. Herman lands a punch in return and then ties up the Ukrainian. Herman gets in a knee to the body. Krylov landing with kicks. Herman fires back and lands a nice right. Both men land with punches. Krylov slips and Herman is right on top of Nikita. Half guard as Krylov is tying up Herman. Krylov throws him off and lands a Brazilian kick. He's flurrying with kicks, knees and punches. Nothing is blasting Herman out of the water here, but they're landing well. Herman fires back, but there's been a lot more traffic coming his way than going back. Krylov coming forward and spamming high, mid and low kicks like nothing.
Final result: Nikita Krylov defeats Ed Herman via knockout - headkick at 0:40 of Round 2.

*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.