Tyron Woodley defeats Robbie Lawler
I know, I know. It’s late. But our website was down. The important thing is, I’m here now. And boy was this card exciting, just like I said it would be.
What can I say? FIVE fights on the card lasted just one round, including the championship fight. You don’t see that every day. Damien Brown, Wilson Reis, Anthony Hamilton, Jake Ellenberger, and Tyron Woodley.
I have told people time and time again that Robbie Lawler is the scariest fighter in the world. He is certainly the most vicious, the most ruthless. The man not only is the scariest fighter, but he looks scary too. The man is like a demon inside the Octagon. As if he was some sort of cross breed of Freddie Krueger and Jason Voorhees.
Tyron Woodley, on the other hand, looks like a black Hugh Jackman, because he’s jacked, man. Was that bad? Oh well.
I hope that line doesn’t go viral for the wrong reasons. I took it from Macklemore, so if you do make fun of it, his twitter name is @macklemore. Yes, I am always deflecting.
In any case, back to the fight. The title fight, because while there were several other impressive fights, obviously the Lawler fight was the ‘creme de la creme’. Before I transcribe what happened, I just want to say that Karolina Kowalkiewicz (why must these fighters last names be so hard to spell) is in line for a title shot against Joanna Jed..seriously…Joanna Jedrzejczyk after beating Rose Namajunas. That was a mouthful.
I just want to go on record saying I took a class last semester where I wrote articles for assignments and if you misspelled any last name it was an automatic ‘F.’ So thank god I didn’t have to write any articles on UFC. On a side note, I still managed to spell two wrong names on two separate occasions including my mid-term.
Now, the fight. Robbie Lawler was ready, healthy, and determined. He had no idea what was coming. According to Lawler, Woodley threw a jab, and he went to parry the jab, which meant he drops his hands. Bad decision. Woodley took advantage and threw a cracking overhand right that had Lawler seeing stars. He finished Lawler off with a flurry of rights as Lawler was laying against the fence, leaving the ref no choice but to stop the fight. Woodley dispelled thoughts of ring rust, after being away for a year and a half.
Robbie Lawler has one of the best comeback stories ever, but he’s 34-years-old, and he’s not getting any younger. UFC President Dana White might give Lawler a rematch, or he might allow Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson to fight for the belt. Thompson is coming off an impressive win against Rory MacDonald. Thompson is 33, so the window of opportunity is closing for him. However, Woodley is 34 himself, so who knows how many fights HE has left? On the other hand, TUF 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum is only 24 and is most likely the future of the Welterweight division. He is coming off a VERY impressive victory over former Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.
In case you are wondering, Gastelum and Woodley, despite Gastelum’s young age, have fought already. Woodley won the fight but only by split decision. It was a great fight, and Gastelum has only gotten better since then and is going to continue getting better.
If I am Dana White, I am going to pin Woodley against either Lawler or Thompson. A rematch with Lawler would probably make more money.
Thompson had his own words on the subject.
“No matter what, I’m fighting Tyron Woodley, and it’s going to be at Madison Square Garden (UFC 205). No ifs, and’s, or buts man,” Thompson said.
UFC 205 with a Ronda return AND a Woodley fight would be great. I have a feeling there would be even more to add to that card as well.
However, it’s crazy. Woodley doesn’t want to fight Thompson. He said he wants GSP (Georges St. Pierre) or Nick Diaz (Nate’s older brother). Then issue here is Diaz is coming off a suspension and GSP is retired and Dana has said several times no matter what he hears, he doesn’t believe GSP isn’t returning.
GSP, however, has expressed interest in coming back after hearing what Woodley said, and Nick Diaz just wants the UFC to make him an offer he can’t turn down. Diaz doesn’t feel like he owes anything to anybody. He went on record saying he doesn’t see a fight that interests him after his suspension, saying he does not see any superstars out there. But he also said he’d fight at UFC 202 (McGregor vs. Diaz II) if the price were right. That’s in like two weeks. I suppose that’s fair since both fighters would only have two weeks to train for each other. But, if I am Woodley, don’t I want to be able to enjoy holding onto the belt at least for a little while before having to defend it. Who knows? Cash rules everything in this world.
Meanwhile, Lawler just wants a rematch. We’ve got several ways this could play out. Thank goodness I am not Dana White.