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Monday Morning Hangover: What's next for Robbie Lawler after knockout loss to Tyron Woodley?

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Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC 201 went down last Saturday night (July 30, 2016) from inside the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

For complete coverage of the entire UFC 201: "Lawler vs. Woodley" fight card click here.

Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Matt Brown, who was knocked out by Jake Ellenberger thanks to a perfectly-placed liver kick and follow up punches.

See it again here.

And Rose Namajunas, who saw her title hopes go out the window after losing a close split-decision to Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the co-main event of the evening (recap).

But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover now 48 hours removed from the show?

Robbie Lawler.

"Ruthless" headed into "Hotlanta" looking for his third straight title defense after two wars in his previous two title fights against Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit. He wasn’t looking for another "Fight of the Year" candidate, as Robbie declared prior to the bout he wanted to get in and out with a win as fast as possible.

Unfortunately for Lawler, the fight ended early, though it was him on the losing end after Tyron Woodley knocked him out with a viscous right hand in the middle of round one.

Relive it here.

Lawler opted to play it cautious early, looking to measure Woodley’s speed and catch his timing. After a feeling out process, all it took was that one well-placed punch from "The Chosen One" to put Robbie down.

After a few more vicious follow up strikes, Woodley walked out of the Philips Arena the new kingpin of the 170-pound division.

Now, Lawler is left to pick up the pieces if he wants to get back to the big dance.

While he would love nothing more than an instant rematch against Woodley, the chances of him getting it are slim to none seeing as how Tyron won rather decisively.

Plus, Woodley currently only has his eyes set on "big money" fights against Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre. The only problems with that is, UFC matchmakers have the final say, and Diaz is far from deserving of a title shot coming off three straight defeats, two of them championship fights.

As for "GSP," that's more realistic, however, he is still more interested in claiming the middleweight strap should Michael Bisping get through Dan Henderson.

Hi, "Wonderboy."

That said, Robbie’s road back to redemption has to start somewhere and if it were up to me, I’d match him up against the winner of the upcoming fight between Donald Cerrone and Rick Story, who are set to duke it out at UFC 202 on Aug., 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Unless, of course, you have a better idea?

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