My Thoughts From The UFC 201 Main Card
Tyron Woodley def. Robbie Lawler via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:12
I just came to the realization that I have been calling Tyron…Tyrone. I guess I will have to start saying buddy and pal so I don’t make another mistake like that again. Woodley came out and secured the fastest welterweight title victory in the history of the UFC. I was surprised to hear that but then remembered GSP ruled this division for so long and we all know how his fights ended…with a DECISION. I don’t think Tyron will hold the belt long since he gasses in most of his octagon appearances. You need to have great cardio in this weight class…or you don’t because he is the champion. I guess there is egg on my face.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Rose Namajunas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Karolina started off very slow but found her groove in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. She showed her nasty clinch game battering Rose with elbows and knees. Kowalkiewicz needs to come out strong if she takes on the champ next. If she doesn’t her night will be longer than her last name. That is funny because she has a very long surname.
Jake Ellenberger def. Matt Brown via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:46
I blinked and the fight was over. Yeah, so what if it takes me 1 minute and 46 seconds to open and close my lids. I was resting my eyes. I guess Jake Ellenberger still has a few tricks up his sleeve. Hey everybody, watch me pull an overhand right and liver kick out of my hat.
Erik Perez def. Francisco Rivera via unanimous decision
This fight was filled with offense and it had me on the edge of my seat because there were so many near misses that could have ended the night for both fighters. I think Erik’s movement was the difference maker but Rivera was a game opponent.
Ryan Benoit def. Fredy Serrano via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
That was a very fun and entertaining fight. Serrano was throwing video game kicks but Benoit answered with some great traditional offense that hit the mark. This could have gone either way and I would love to see these two do it again.