Things got heated in “Hotlanta” Saturday night at UFC 201 and we have a complete recap for you.
For the seventh time this year, UFC gold changed hands, as Tyron Woodley knocked out Robbie Lawler in the first round of their welterweight title fight Saturday night.
Woodley caught “Ruthless” clean with a right hand on the button, sending him to just his second career knockout defeat. The former University of Missouri wrestling standout became the ninth UFC welterweight champion and earned the fastest finish in division history.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz said she was ready to take the next step, and the unbeaten strawweight proved it in the co-main event vs. Rose Namajunas. Kowalkiewicz prevailed in a split decision, improving to 10-0 and likely positioning herself with a fight against fellow countrywomen Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Jake Ellenberger asked UFC president Dana White for one more chance and he took advantage, knocking down Matt Brown twice before finishing him off inside of the first round. Entering the bout 1-5 in his last six, Ellenberger landed a liver kick and followed up to score his 21st career finish.
Erik Perez and Francisco Rivera put on a 15-minute show for the fans, with Perez earning the decision. After standing and trading for 10 minutes, the two decided to go full-on to start the third. “Goyito” gained the advantage and smothered Rivera for the win.
After the UFC removed Justin Scoggins-Ian McCall, flyweights Fredy Serrano and Ryan Benoit were moved up to kickoff the pay-per-view main card. Despite Serrano, a former Olympic wrestler, controlling the side of the things, Benoit earned the decision thanks to his striking.
Nikita Krylov made his early claim for a bonus, delivering a bone-crunching head-kick that left Ed Herman out cold on the canvas. After nearly finishing the veteran in the first, Krylov connected early in the second with the picture-perfect strike.
Jorge Masvidal picked up his 30th career win, scoring a decision over Ross Pearson. This was the second fight this month for Pearson, as he also lost via decision to Will Brooks three weeks ago.
Sometimes, the heavyweight division gives us tough-to-watch fights. Anthony Hamilton wasn’t having any of that, as he knocked out Damian Grabowski in just 14 seconds to get back on track. That gives Hamilton the second-quickest KO in the division.
Wilson Reis set a new UFC flyweight record, scoring a submission win over Hector Sandoval in under two minutes. After feeling the power of Sandoval, Reis scored several takedowns before locking in a rear-naked choke for the finish.
Damien Brown showed off his striking skills, finishing Cesar Arzamendia in style with a first round TKO. Michael Graves and Bojan Velickovic fought to a majority draw, as Graves claimed one score 30-27, but the other two went 28-28.
Woodley and Ellenberger each earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses, while Namajunas and Kowalkiewicz were named “Fight of the Night.” The attendance was announced at 10,240 with a live gate of $1.07 million.
Complete results can be found below:
Tyron Woodley def. Robbie Lawler via KO (strikes) at 2:12 of Round 1 to become the new UFC welterweight champion
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Rose Namajunas via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Jake Ellenberger def. Matt Brown via TKO (strikes) at 1:46 of Round 1
Erik Perez def. Francisco Rivera via via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
Ryan Benoit def. Fredy Serrano via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Nikita Krylov def. Ed Herman via KO (head-kick) at :40 of Round 2
Jorge Masvidal def. Ross Pearson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Anthony Hamilton def. Damian Grabowski via KO (strikes) at :14 of Round 1
Wilson Reis def. Hector Sandoval via submission (neck crank) at 1:49 of Round 1
Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic declared a majority draw (30-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Damien Brown def. Cesar Arzamendia via KO (strikes) at 2:27 of Round 1