After defeating a bloated Kelvin Gastelum via split decision at UFc 183 back in Jan. 2015, Tyron Woodley made the risky decision to wait for a Welterweight title shot against 170-pound division champion Robbie Lawler. And like mother always said, "Good things come to those who wait."
Indeed, Woodley returned to the Octagon tonight (Sat., July 30, 2016) to battle Lawler in the main event of UFC 201, which took place inside Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., after more than 1.5 years on the sidelines. And he never looked better, scoring an improbable first round knockout over a man who seemed un-finishable thanks to a monster overhand right that landed clean after a slight feint. It was academic after that as Woodley followed him to the canvas to deliver five unanswered head bouncers before the referee mercilessly peeled him off.
The stoppage came little more than two minutes into the first round. It was a bizarre performance from Lawler, who was patient to a fault and didn't seem to throw a single meaningful strike for the short time he was upright. It was all Woodley, who didn't shrink, taking the fight to his training partner at American Top Team (ATT) and doing what only Nick Diaz had done before him more than one decade ago: Put down "Ruthless" for an early nap.
What an incredible -- and unlikely -- result. Few pegged Woodley to topple Lawler and even fewer predicted he could accomplish it in such violent fashion.
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