After a brief pit stop on FOX, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the pay-per-view (PPV) market this Saturday night (July 23, 2016) with UFC 201: "Lawler vs. Woodley," taking place inside Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
That's where UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler will make the latest defense of his 170-pound title in a five-round showdown opposite patient division contender Tyron Woodley.
In the UFC 201 PPV co-main event, UFC strawweight contender Rose Namajunas continues her climb toward the division title against undefeated 115-pound phenom Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
And that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 201 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 201 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 201 QUICK RESULTS:
Tyron Woodley def. Robbie Lawler via knockout (punches) at 2:12 of Round 1
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Rose Namajunas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jake Ellenberger def. Matt Brown via TKO (liver kick and punches) at 1:46 of Round 1
Erik Perez def. Francisco Rivera via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
Ryan Benoit def. Fredy Serrano via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Nikita Krylov def. Ed Herman via knockout (headkick) at 0:40 of Round 2
Jorge Masvidal def. Ross Pearson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Anthony Hamilton def. Damian Grabowski via knockout (punches) at 0:14 of Round 1
Wilson Reis def. Hector Sandoval via Submission (RNC) at 1:49 of Round 1
Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic -- Majority draw (30-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Damien Brown def. Cesar Arzamendia via TKO (punches) at 2:27 of Round 1
UFC 201 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
170 lbs.: UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley
Round 1: Woodley in blue, Lawler in the champion's black and gold. Lawler takes center cage while they stare at each other for a bit. Nothing thrown, still more staring. Lawler with a kick at 4:15 left on the clock to open up the striking. Woodley leaning on Lawler up against the cage and the ref with a bit of an early break in my opinion. WOW! Huge right hand from Woodley connects and down goes Lawler! Woodley comes in and is throwing in right hand after right hand until the ref stops it. We've got another new champion, folks!
Final result: Tyron Woodley defeats Robbie Lawler by knockout (punches) at 2:12 of Round 1
115 lbs.: Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Round 1: If you think I'm typing out those names in the heat of a fast-paced MMA fight, you're nuts. 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. Rose is countering well so far, landing check hooks and potshotting Karolina on her way in. Karolina's strikes are mostly landing short. Clinch and both women land knees. Karolina with some good elbows. They clinch and Namajunas ends the round on top.
Round 2: 1-2 from Rose to open. Side kick lands for her as well, as does a right. Clinch and Karolina with two knees and an elbow. Rose turns the clinch around and gets Karolina to the cage. Rose with a left. Karolina with an elbow. They trade knees. Rose trying for the bodylock takedown. Left to the body from Karolina. Hard elbow from Karolina. Knees from both women. Rose scoots off to the side and is looking to either get a standing arm triangle or the back. They break and Rose eats a hard elbow. Sweet 1-2 from Rose. Another. Leg kicks from Karolina. Teep from Rose sends Karolina to her butt. Right hand lands for Rose. Rose gets a double-leg stuffed and eats a couple of body knees. Rose backs Karolina into the links and they trade knees. Rose seems to be getting the worse of it and she breaks. Karolina with an overhand right. Karolina grabs onto that clinch and immediately fires off a pair of body knees. There's a knee to the head. Right hand from Rose. Rose tries a jump knee that doesn't land.
Round 3: Karolina swings forward into the clinch and lands a couple knees. Rose escapes with an overhand. Rose keeps out of that clinch attempt with the overhand. Leg kicks from both ladies. Right hand counter lands for "Thug". Right from Rose, tries a takedown and can't get it. Rose trips and Karolina is pressing forward. Knee and a three-piece flurry. Rose goes for a takedown, can't get it and had full guard. Rose with a leg high, eventually goes for an armbar, can't get it, can't get a leg lock either and back to full guard after eating some punches. Measured ground and pound from Karolina. Two snapping upkicks hurt Karolina who ends her standing up and dives back down. Rose tries for a triangle, omoplata, can't get it, Karolina is punching down on Rose, avoids the omoplata again. Rose scrambles and is up, but the fight is just about over.
Final result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz defeats Rose Namajunas by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
170 lbs.: 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
135 lbs.: Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera
Round 1: Rivera in green, Perez in black. Feeling out process here as Perez is bobbing back and forth. Rivera with a nice couple of punches. Rivera gets in a couple of left hooks, eats a leg kick. Whiffs this time. Uppercut thrown by Perez. And a high kick. Perez with a right and gets on his bike to avoid the return fire. Leg kick from Rivera and a right hand. Kick to the calf this time. Inside leg kick from Perez, then both land body kicks. Perez catches a kick and gets in a right hand. Body punch from Perez, he then ducks into a knee, but wades through it to hit the takedown. Rivera back up in short order, but Perez has him backed to the cage and he gets in some good dirty boxing. Body knee from Perez. Right from Rivera, left from Perez that stumbles 'Sisco. Left from Rivera to end the round.
10-9 Perez in a close round
Round 2: Perez with a leg kick that drops an off-balance Rivera. Perez stalks over him and lands a punch as Rivera gets up. the 2 portion of a 3-2 lands for Erik. Spinning backfist glances off Rivera's skull. Perez in and out now, maintaining good distance. Rivera shucks off a poor takedown attempt and throws a haymaker at Perez that just misses. Body jab from Perez. Rivera with a couple of accurate outside leg kicks. Right from Perez. "Goyito" catches a kick and gets the takedown for a split second before Rivera gets up. Perez eats a legkick, but counters with a punch down the middle. Right hand from Rivera. Short left, too. Inside leg kick, and Rivera acts like it was a bit low, but the ref does nothing. Perez comes forward and gets a takedown with about 20 seconds left. He's getting in some GNP to end the round.
Round 3: Perez tries a jumping kick, doesn't land and Rivera is swarming. Slobberknocker here and they're SWINGING AND SWANGING! RIVERA LANDS! PEREZ LANDS! DEFENSE CAN GO FUCK ITSELF! RIVERA JUST SWUNG SO HARD HE MISSED AND FELL OVER! Perez ambles over to an exhausted Rivera and takes him back down. Rivera is bleeding profusely and is eating a lot of measured ground shots here. Perez is catching his breath and alternatively punching the prone Rivera. Two minutes pass and Perez is just landing a bunch here. Rivera looks to the ref for assistance, but Perez is punching the body like he's Rocky beating up a side of beef. Rivera is tired as hell, and is slowly trying to get to his feet, but there's just one minute left and he's still on his butt. Perez has landed something like 40 or 50 unanswered body punches here. Thirty seconds to go and they're back on their feet finally! They're free and with ten seconds, it's back to swinging, but Perez is doing it smart, potshotting and getting out of the way of the exchange instead of just chilling in the middle of the highway.
Final result: Erik Perez defeats Francisco Rivera by unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 29-28)
125 lbs.: Ryan Benoit vs. Fredy Serrano
Round 1: Benoit in blue, Serrano in yellow. Serrano opens up the action with a right high kick. Low kick stumbles Serrano, but he fires back with a right hand. Axe kick just misses for Serrano. Benoit is the one coming forward, but he eats a body kick. Serrano catches a kick and has an enormous body slam takedown. Serrano in side control, and Benoit manages a scramble to get up. Benoit lands a straight, but gets taken down again as he tries to get in a guillotine. Rogan mentions that the Von Flue choke has been there both times, but Serrano hasn't gone for it once. Benoit gets up and lands two solid rights in the clinch. Kick from Benoit catches a ducking Serrano. Leg kick from Benoit. Ankle pick attempt from Serrano, gets him into the cage and gets in one shot before Ryan gets away. Axe kick attempt from Benoit again. Benoit gets in a punch and attempts to follow up, but throws way late after the bell and irks Serrano who shoves him back.
Round 2: Benoit tried a low kick but it was as Serrano threw a punch, so he ended up on the worse end of that. Both men land as Serrano punches and eats a counterpunch. Serrano ducks to get a takedown and Benoit threatens that guillotine again. Axe kick lands finally for Fredy. He gets a body lock and Fredy just picks him up and slams him down. I think that slam cut open Serrano. Serrano bucks and gets out from under him. Ankle pick attempt again, but this one fails and Benoit is out. Leg kick from Benoit as Serrano went for a hook kick. Yet another big takedown from Serrano. Serrano getting some ground and pound in here.
Round 3: Immediate takedown attempt for Serrano and he gets Benoit down ten seconds into the round. Not much happening here. Finally, Serrano gets his left free and lands some punches. Finally a ref break at 3:35. Super weird takedown from Serrano and he fails mightily. He's on his back and Benoit in his full guard. Serrano scrambles and is up after some momentary danger. Front somersault from Serrano does... nothing. Now he's back to wining punches. Both men look tired her. Serrano catches a kick, but can't maintain the bodylock and Benoit glances in a spinning backfist. Serrano rolls through Benoit's legs, but can't initiate a takedown. He lands a nice kick though. Benoit with a kick of his own. Benoit stuffs a takedown.Calf kick stumbles Serrano. Benoit kicks and instigates a clinch. He's got Serrano up to the cage and is landing a couple of nice lefts. Big right lands for Benoit on the break.
Final result: Ryan Benoit defeats Fredy Serrano by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
185 lbs.: Ed Herman vs. Nikita Krylov
Round 1: 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. Front kick to the gut of Herman. Herman lands a right, eats a head kick. Front kick to the nose.
Round 2: Herman throwing the lead left hook a lot here. Missed three, but landed one. HOLY SHIT! Krylov landed a spinning backfist, ate a right hand and a knee, then Krylov just dynamited "Short Fuse" with a high kick. Walk-away knockout for Krylov as Herman was completely out
Final result: Nikita Krylov defeats Ed Herman via knockout - headkick at 0:40 of Round 2
170 lbs.: Jorge Masvidal vs. Ross Pearson
Round 1: Finally after that long break from first-round finishes, we're back with Pearson in white and Masvidal in red. Pearson coming forward, looking to get inside the range of Jorge. Leg kick from the Brit. Masvidal with a body kick and a leg kick of his own. Masvidal stumbles, but is back up. Pearson with a hook that falls just short. Jab from Masvidal lands, as does a 1-2. Pearson tries a switch kick, but it hits all shoulder and arm. Head kick from Masvidal clips the jaw. Both men land simultaneous teeps. "Gamebred" tries a flying knee, but Pearson avoids him and takes the Floridian down. Masvidal active off his back and lands upkicks before rolling upright. Pearson grabs onto a body-lock, but Jorge reverses it and lands some nice Thai knees. Pearson with a pair of solid inside leg-kicks. Ross tries a flying knee, but he, too, comes up short. Pearson blocks a headkick. Leg kick lands and Pearson's leg buckles.
Round 2: Leg kick from Pearson is answered by a hook from Masvidal. Pearson throws up a front kick that falls two feet short. Masvidal with a nice triple-jab. HUGE left hook flattens Pearson. Masvidal follows him down and is whaling away on him! The ref is close to stopping it a couple times, but Pearson is still in it and is trying to tie up Masvidal. He's rolling, and eating a lot of shots here. Pearson finally gets up and is still getting hit. He gets his back off the fence and is finally out of danger. They reset and Masvidal is back to his out-fighting. Nice lead hook from Masvidal. Pearson still unable to close the distance. Masvidal with a teep that catches Pearson off-balance, but he's right back up. Pearson catches a kick and lands a takedown, but Jorge scrambles nicely and is up within a few seconds.
10-9 Masvidal, borderline 10-8
Round 3: LOL in between rounds, Ross Pearson raised his arms like the fight was over. Then again, I'm just laughing at a concussed man who's suffering from short-term memory loss. Well, I feel kind of sad now. Pearson still working on getting in past the reach advantage of Masvidal. He gets underneath a punch but falls short on a left hook. Deja vu, as it happens again, except Ross lands this time. Body kick from Masvidal. Right from Pearson. Uppercut from Masvidal... Good technical battle so far, but Masvidal has outclassed him for the most part. Leg kick lands from Pearson as we're treated to Pearson's corner shouting out advice. Shovel hook lands for Pearson, but with only 90 seconds left, Pearson is going to need something huge here. Two good left hands finally connect for Ross, but it's not got enough on it. 1-2 from Masvidal. Another left from Ross as Masvidal is starting to slow down amidst the barrage of inside leg kicks from Pearson.
Final result: Jorge Masvidal defeats Ross Pearson via decision - unanimous (30-27, 29-28 x2)
265 lbs.: Damian Grabowski vs. Anthony Hamilton
Round 1: "Freight Train" Hamilton in the blue trunks, Grabowski in red. Grabowski misses a right, and they don't stop swinging. Hamilton lands a big right uppercut, followed by a left hook and a right to the jaw. Grabowski is backed up to the cage and Hamilton is still swinging - he lands a big uppercut and Grabowski crumples to the canvas - IT IS AAAAALLLLL OVER cries Goldy, and it is. Wow. Devestating KO
Final result: Anthony Hamilton defeats Damian Grabowski via knockout - punches at 0:20 of Round 1
125 lbs.: Wilson Reis vs. Hector Sandoval
Round 1: Evening everyone, the debuting Sandoval in white, Reis in black. Sandoval with a body kick that gets met by a left hand. Sandoval gets a punch, too. Big looping punch clips Reis, but he's fine. Reis gets in on the legs and hits a big power-double. He jumps the back and works to maintain control. Sandoval scrambles and manages to reverse. Sandoval up and gets away for a brief second. They engage in the clinch and Reis wraps up a body-lock and a quick outside trip. Sandoval attempts to scramble, but gives up his back. Reis flattens him out and wraps his left arm around the neck. Reis is squeezing and while Sandoval works to stay alive, he's faltering and taps out a little under two minutes into the fight.
Final result: Wilson Reis defeats Hector Sandoval via submission - rear naked choke at 1:49 of Round 1
170 lbs.: Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic
Round 1: Graves pressing forward, Velickovic trying to move around the edges. Both fighters hesitant on the feet. Velickovic continues to attack Graves' lead leg. Strong inside leg kick by Velickovic. Return kick by Graves. Three minutes to go. High kick blocked by Graves. Velickovic begins to pressure as Graves shoots and unable to get the takedown. Velickovic reverses position against the cage, Graves with underhooks. Action breaks up and they return to the center of the Octagon. Graves misses an axe kick and then a powerful right. Velickovic continues to avoid Graves around the outside as the first bell sounds. 10-9 Velickovic.
Round 2: Graves opens up with a takedown attempt and stuffed by Velickovic. Another attempt is successful for Graves who works quickly to take Velickovic's back. Velickovic tries to stand back up but Graves secures hooks. Graves continues to work for the rear naked choke as Velickovic defends in fashion. Three minutes to go. Velickovic rolls out of it and Graves ends up in full guard. Graves gets his back once again as Velickovic defends the hook. Just over one minute to go. Graves starts to crank Velickovic's chin. Little offense being landed by Graves from behind. The second round comes to an end as Velickovic gets out of trouble. 10-9 Graves.
Round 3: Velickovic wildly throws spinning back kick and misses. Velickovic then tries to take Graves down, drives him back to the cage and secures the takedown. Velickovic then takes Graves' back but Graves reverses and ends up in half guard. Velickovic with a double wrist lock and works his way back to his feet, but Graves drags him back down. Graves goes too high on Velickovic's back and allows Velickovic to get back to his feet. Velickovic lands a nice body kick and begins to open up. Graves shoots, grabs a single and drives Velickovic back to the cage. Graves incapable of securing the takedown as Velickovic shows great wrist control and peppering shots to the face. Two minutes to go. Velickovic turns Graves around and separates. Back to the center of the Octagon. Kick checked by Graves. Missed knee inside by Velickovic. Both men are visibly tired as they tie up in the middle of the cage and exchange body shots inside. Graves holds on as Velickovic misses a takedown attempt to end the round. 10-9 Graves.
Final result: Majority draw (30-27, 28-28, 28-28)
155 lbs.: Cesar Arzamendia vs. Damien Brown
Round 1: Arzamendia comes out with a jumping switch roundhouse kick and continues to pressure. Brown lands a good counter, but Arzamendia knees him in the clinch. Action being pushed by Brown who tags Arzamendia with a right hand and drops him. Brown heavy in half guard. Arzamendia threatening with leg lock as Brown tries to push him off. Back to the feet with three minutes to go. Brown lands left hand as Arzamendia retreats. Stiff jab by Arzamendia, but he still looks dazed. Brown lands another huge right hand and drops Arzamendia. He adds a few more punches before the referee steps in.
Final result: Damien Brown def. Cesar Arzamendia via TKO