This weekend will be fight weekend. UFC 201: Lawler vs. Woodley is just around the corner. It will be held on July 30 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. This will be the third time that the UFC banner will fly high in Atlanta. Previous UFC cards were crowd pleasers in the city, having epic clashes such as Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans in UFC 88; and Rashad Evans challenging for Jon Jones? title in UFC 145.
UFC 201: Lawler Vs. Woodley looks to be jam packed with interesting fights. The main event has the UFC Welterweight Championship on the line as Champion Robbie Lawler sets to defend his crown against game contender Tyron Woodley.
Lawler won the last of his five fights over game competition. He has racked wins against top names and talents like Matt Brown, Johny Hendricks and Rory MacDonald. He just came out from a split decision win over Carlos Condit to retain his title. Woodley, on the other hand, is not that active. His last fight was against Kelvin Gastelum last January 31, 2015.
This is co-headlined by a Women?s Strawweight bout between ?Thug? Rose Namajunas and undefeated Polish prospect Karolina Kowalkiewicz. This could have some title implications. Namajuna is ranked number 3 and Kowalkiewicz is at number 5. The winner could challenge for the title or have a number one contender fight against former champion Carla Esparza.
A welterweight clash between Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger will also take place on the same night in the main card. Both men are solid exciting fighters who are looking to come back from losses. This bout is important for both fighters as another loss will pull them down the rankings and would squash their title aspirations. Brown is ranked number 9 at welterweight while Ellenberger does not make the cut in the top 15. A win over Brown may put Ellenberger in the top ten.
Two lighter weight bouts are featured in the main card as well. One is a bantamweight clash between Francisco Rivera and Erik Perez. Both are currently unranked. The other bout is a flyweight one between number 5 Ian McCall and number 13 Justin Scoggins. Scoggins, a fighter who relies on his Karate skills and distancing, would do his career good if he beats the veteran McCall. This could get him into the top ten and get him bigger name fights.
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