Saturday July 30, 2016— Live from the Philips Arena in Hotlanta Georgia, the UFC made their return with stacked card that originally had two title fights as the headliners. But when flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson had to pull out of the co main event due to injury, the main event for the welterweight title took center stage. Champion Robbie Lawler is set to defend his title once again and this time his opponent is Tyron Woodley. There haven’t been many times were Lawler has been the smaller guy in the fight but with the challenger being big and lean there is no doubt we were set to have striking war full of bombs. Woodley had to be patient and work hard to get his title shot but now in the drier seat his time had come. In the co main event a strawweight war between Rose Namajunas and the undefeated Karolina Kowalkiewiz had title implications on the line, and with the champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk just finishing off another top 10 opponent a win here would prove to crown the next #1 contender. Also on the card a welterweight showdown between Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger, Francisco Rivera took on Erik Perez. Ross Pearson back on short notice takes on Jorge Masvidal and the former co main eventer Wilson Reis took on late replacement Hector Sandoval. A big Night from Hotlanta so.
LET’S GET THINGS STARTED!!
The first prelim bout got kicked off on the UFC Fight Pass and it was in the lightweight division as Cesar Arzamendia (7-3) took on Damien Brown (15-9), Just as fast as the fight started, the fight ended as Damien Brown wasted no time getting to work as the big right hand lands then the ground and pound follows and that’s all she wrote. Brown gets the 1st round stoppage. Winner: Damien Brown (16-9) by TKO Round 1. – Looser: Cesar Arzamendia (8-3). Next up the UFC fight Pass Prelim headliner was in the welterweight division as American Top Team stand out Michael Graves (6-0) took on Bojan Velickovic (14-3), a great fight between two great welterweights went all the way down to the wire but the finish wasn’t what anyone wanted to hear as the fight ended in a Majority draw. Majority Draw: Michael Graves (6-0-1) – Bojan Velickovic (14-3-1). As the prelims kick over to FS2, the card continue in the flyweight division as #7 Wilson Reis (20-6) who was originally set to fight for the title on this card, took on late replacement Hector Sandoval (12-2). Wilson Reis wasted no time getting to work as he took Sandoval straight to the ground and wasted no time taking Sandoval’s back and that was all she wrote. Reis proved that he should still be considered next in line to fight for the title. Winner: Wilson Reis (21-6) by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1. – Looser: Hector Sandoval (12-3). Next up the big boys in the heavyweight division took the octagon as Anthony Hamilton (14-5) took on Damian Grabowski (20-3), a quick finish for the big boys as all it took was 14 seconds for Hamilton to get the finish. Hamilton pitched shut out as Grabowski had little two zero offense. Winner: Anthony Hamilton (15-5) by KO Round 1. – Looser: Damian Grabowski (20-4). The welterweights were up next as Jorge Masvidal (29-11) took on the late replacement Ross Pearson (21-11), a great fight to follow-up two straight early finishes. Jorge Masvidal utilized his length and his ability to work the outside and Pearson just didn’t have enough to stop it. Masvidal had Pearson rocked badly but the relentlessness of Pearson kept him in the fight. At the end of the day Jorge worked a perfect fight and earned the victory. Winner: Jorge Masvidal (30-11) by Unanimous Decision (29-28,29-28,30-27). – Looser: Ross Pearson (21-12). In the featured prelim fight the light heavyweights took center stage as #11 Nikita Krylov (20-4) took on Ed Herman (24-11). What a fight what a finish, a perfect way to finish off the prelims as Nikita Krylov puts Herman to sleep with a beautiful high kick. Winner: Nikita Krylov (21-4) by KO Round 1. – Looser: Ed Herman (24-12).
The main card kicks off in the flyweight division as Ryan Benoit (8-4) takes on the undefeated Fredy Serrano (3-0), a great fight to kick off the card as Serrano unique style of fighting was entertaining but it wasn’t enough to get the win as Ran Benoit was able to do enough to get the win. Winner: Ryan Benoit (9-4) by Split Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28). – Looser: Fredy Serrano (3-1). Next up in the bantamweight division Francisco Rivera (11-6) took on Erik Perez (15-6), a war of hands it was as Perez and Rivera but only one can be the winner and it was Perez who was able to do enough to get the win. Winner: Erik Perez (16-6) by Unanimous Decision (30-26,30-26,29-28). – Looser: Francisco Rivera (11-7). Next up it was a welterweight scrap between #9 Matt Brown (22-14) vs. Jake Ellenberger (30-11), with his back against the wall, Jake Ellenberger said he was going to leave it all in the octagon and that he did as he rocked Matt Brown not once but twice and a beautiful liver kick sets up the finish. What a win for Ellenberger. Winner: Jake Ellenberger (31-11) by TKO Round 1. – Looser: Matt Brown (22-15). In the co main event a strawweight battle with a title shot on the line as #3 Rose Namajunas (6-2) took on #5 Karolina Kowalkiewicz (9-0), with everything on the line these two strawweight’s left it all on the line both ladies didn’t get the offense they were looking for but it was Karolina who was able to do enough to get the win. Rose just couldn’t get her offense going and just took too much damage. Winner: Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-0) by Split Decision (29-28,29-28,29-28). – Looser: Rose Namajunas (6-3).
Main Event Welterweight Title Fight
C. Robbie Lawler (27-10) Vs #4 Tyron Woodley (15-3)
In the main event two of the best welterweights in the world go head to head as Robbie Lawler was looking for another successful defense and maybe his biggest challenge to date is Tyron Woodley who had to wait 18 months to get this shot. Two teammates fight for the 170-pound belt. The fight began with a very slow process as they were in the feeling out process, but it was the speed of Woodley that helped Woodley land the biggest punch of his career. A huge right hand rocked Lawler and sent him straight to the mat, ground and pound followed and that’s all she wrote. Woodley timed it perfectly and ended it in a blink of an eye. Lawler never got a chance to get started and it all ended with one punch.
Winner: #AndNew Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley (16-3) by KO Round 1
Looser: Robbie Lawler (27-11)
By: Rick San Bartolome
Photo Credit: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
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