Tyron Woodley took the entitlement from UFC welterweight endorse Robbie Lawler on Saturday night, stopping him with 2:12 left in the first round
It very well could have happened another time over the last year and a half. A loss. An inch here, a missed sigh there and Robbie Lawler might not have owned the UFC welterweight belt as he stepped into the octagon on Saturday night. But there it was, in the seemingly safe belonging of one of MMAs most recreation boxers who appeared to be touching his stride as champion.
As Ruthless Robbie stood across the octagon from his latest challenger in the 170 lb department, it was on Tyron Woodley to do what Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit could not.
That moment find early, at 2:12 of round one, with the most wonderful finish in UFC welterweight title fight biography. Woodley, thick-skulled in the thighs and chest, feinted to get Lawler to drop his justifications. A smart boxer who made a busines of unleashing hell after a bit of deception was done in by familiar symbolizes. Before the bout Lawler spoke Woodleys technique and speeding were nice, but to do what he did the key was getting down and dirty.
Woodley didnt hesitate when he had the chance. In a blink the brand-new champ erupt forward, releasing a right hand over the top that cracked Lawler on the kuki-chin and cast him sprawling to the canvas. A short bombardment followed before the ref, Dan Miragliotta, dove in to discontinue the assault.
We only was well known that Robbie would be well prepared for a takedown, that he would touch me with knees and uppercuts to protect it, told Woodley, from Ferguson, Missouri. We ran with the offensive. Something told me he would be open for the right hand and I moved for it.
Four years ago Woodley failed in a bid to triumph his first major MMA belt after veteran Nate Marquardt uncovered openings in his tournament to score a startling fourth-round strike. The last bout of Woodleys career outside the UFC was his first loss in MMA. Twice more Woodley savor win during six contests inside the octagon, as he exposed twinkles of brilliance alongside frustrating a few examples of underused talent.
While Lawlers last 18 months standout as best available stretching of his memorable career, Woodley was lodged spinning his wheels. A matchup against Johnny Hendricks, whom Lawler captivated the name from in December 2014, was cast aside last October due to a weight-cutting snafu that wasnt Woodleys fault. He decided he wouldnt fight until he had what he wanted right in front of him.
Despite the close calls and widespread evidence of the difficulty of holding a UFC championship, Lawler gazed so natural with the loop that it began to feel like he had been able to comprise it for an extended predominate. Like Matt Hughes or his successor, the all-time great welterweight, Georges St-Pierre, Lawler appeared to thrive as endorse, contacting new altitudes in and out of the cage.
A willingness to give it all, to make pure pushing trump anything else, held Lawler a deserved honour for activating famous rivalries against tenacious challengers. Lawler represented realized and flourishing potential.
Woodley had none of it. Ripening up in Ferguson, a lot of people did I wasnt going to be anything, he mentioned. Ive substantiated them wrong.
Lawler and Woodley came into the world a few months apart in 1982. The 34 -year-old pair grew up playing sports and wasted often of their youth devoted to amateur wrestling. Later, in their own rooms, they found mixed martial arts. Lawler in 2001 at the beginning of his adult life. Woodley in 2009, after graduation from the University of Missouri, began contemplating circumstances like starting and substantiating a family.
Their careers eventually intersected a few years ago at the Coconut Creek, Florida-based MMA clique American Top Team. Woodley( 16 -3) called Lawler( 27 -1 1, 1 NC) a friend and explained how he long admired him. I knew what Robbie brings to the table, Woodley replied. This was not the fight I would have picked because Robbie is my team-mate.
The former champion intimated he deserved a rematch, but holds the view that in no way was he guaranteed to get one. Im a mean individual, Lawler enunciated. This is what I do for a living and I would have had no problem doing the same to him.
The welterweight separation has long been among the UFCs most interesting. Many pundits appeared in place of Woodley, Stephen Wonderboy Thompson deserved the next shot at Lawler. Thompson himself seemed to dismiss Woodleys chances the coming week when he said he hoped to meet Lawler next, though Thompson soon called out Woodley after UFC 201 closed out with a bang.
Claiming peacefulnes leading up to a fight against a human reputed to accompany conflict, Woodley intimated the only stuff that attained him apprehensive on Saturday at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, was how appease he felt. Something told me I should just enjoy this moment, Woodley announced after becoming the ninth welterweight endorse in UFC history.
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