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It’s official. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) powerhouse Tyron Woodley will finally get his shot at promotional gold when he takes on current Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 on July 30 live on pay-per-view from the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

With a 5-2 record since joining the promotion back in 2013, “The Chosen One” undoubtedly deserves to be called one of the best 170-pound fighters on the planet. But after his scheduled tilt with Johny Hendricks at UFC 192 was called off due to weight-cutting complications by “Bigg Rigg,” Woodley was more or less guaranteed the next title shot.

However, despite being labeled as the next guy in line, the 34-year-old remains adamant that he was never sitting out and waiting for the champ.

“I was not offered other bouts,” said Woodley in a recent interview with Sherdog Radio (transcribed by BJPenn.com). “It’s tough to put that to bed because everyone doesn’t listen to the same broadcast at the same time. Even if they listen they have their own mindset. Our fans are so entitled and so all-knowing that I was waiting around, whether I admitted it or not. [According to them] I was being an overly-entitled pouty fighter that said, ‘I’m not fighting unless you give me a world title shot.’That’s not what happened, people.”

Before his scheduled bout with Hendricks went sour, Woodley had racked off two-straight victories over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 183 and Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 48 via knockout.

“I was never offered the rebooking of Johny Hendricks,” added Woodley. “The reason I wasn’t offered is because [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva assumed and miscommunicated the fact that he thought I was waiting. I never knew it was an option for a fighter to wait in the UFC. We got those things figured out, we got it ironed out. I was not sitting on the shelf waiting for my time to shine. As a fighter you need to grow and the only way to grow is putting what you’ve done in camp into the actual real life Octagon.”

UFC 201 will also feature a Flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and Brazilian Wilson Reis.

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With one of the biggest upsets in mixed martial arts (MMA) so far in 2016, relatively unknown 27-year-old Emil Weber Meek shocked an Italian crowd when he finished submission expert Rousimar Palhares via first-round TKO earlier today (Sat., May 21, 2016) at Venator FC III in Milan, Italy.

Weber Meek (9-2-1-1 NC), needed just 45 seconds to shake off a Palhares takedown attempt, pepper the Brazilian with strikes to the side of the head, force the referee to peel him off, and earn the right to call himself the new Venator FC Welterweight champion.

The scintillating finish can be seen below, courtesy of @Jolassanda.

Considering Palhares is known for destroying opponents with vicious, and sometimes illegal, submission locks, Weber Meek’s performance means even more. He was entering a situation in which many MMA pundits counted him out.

Palhares (18-6), who was released by World Series of Fighting and suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following his victory over Jake Shields at WSOF 22 after failing to release a submission hold after the fight was stopped, walked away with his first MMA loss since getting knocked out cold by Hector Lombard back at UFC on FX 6.

Is the outcome to Palhares’ international debut ironic in any way, shape, or form? It probably is.

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With one of the biggest upsets in mixed martial arts (MMA) so far in 2016, relatively unknown 27-year-old Emil Weber shocked an Italian crowd when he finished submission expert Rousimar Palhares via first-round TKO earlier today (Sat., May 21, 2016) at Venator FC III in Milan, Italy.

Weber (9-2-1-1 NC), needed just 45 seconds to shake off a Palhares takedown attempt, pepper the Brazilian with strikes to the side of the head, force the referee to peel him off, and earn the right to call himself the new Venator FC Welterweight champion.

The scintillating finish can be seen below, courtesy of @Jolassanda.

Considering Palhares is known for destroying opponents with vicious, and sometimes illegal, submission locks, Weber’s performance means even more. He was entering a situation in which many MMA pundits counted him out.

Palhares (18-6), who was released by World Series of Fighting and suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following his victory over Jake Shields at WSOF 22 after failing to release a submission hold after the fight was stopped, walked away with his first MMA loss since getting knocked out cold by Hector Lombard back at UFC on FX 6.

Is the outcome to Palhares’ international debut ironic in any way, shape, or form? It probably is.

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UFC welterweight contender Kelvin Gastelum vows to ramp it up opposite Johny Hendricks at UFC 200
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Out of everyone on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight roster, former TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum may possess the most untapped potential. As a 24-year-old rising contender who has already compiled a UFC record of 6-2, Gastelum is …

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Out of everyone on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight roster, former TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum may possess the most untapped potential.

As a 24-year-old rising contender who has already compiled a UFC record of 6-2, Gastelum is one of the more promising fighters in the 170-pound division. Both of his Octagon loses came by way of split decision, adding to the notion that he’s already one of the toughest guys to beat.

Currently scheduled to take on former UFC Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks at UFC 200 on July 9 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Gaselum has a chance to further solidify his role in the ongoing title picture. Unfortunately for Hendricks, Gastelum seems more focused than he ever has.

“This is a big one for me and I couldn’t be more excited,” said Gastelum in a recent interview with Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie. “This is the reason why I got into the UFC, for these big fights. I want to be up there with the top guys and this is my opportunity to go ahead and display that I belong at the top of the welterweight division.”

As someone who has failed to capitalize on big opportunities in the past, specifically his meetings with current top contender Tyron Woodley at UFC 183 and Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 78, Gastelum must prove he’s capable of using his athleticism and punching power to ward off the division’s best.

“Everybody saw I was too laid back the first three rounds (against Magny),” added Gastelum. “It took me toward the end of the third round to wake up and figure it out. No more waiting around this time. I’m going to come in full-blast every fight.”

Hendricks is also coming off a main event loss in which he suffered the first knockout defeat of his career opposite Stephen Thompson back at UFC Fight Night 82.

Ironically, both Hendricks (click here) and Gastelum (click here) have struggled to make weight in the past, so it should be interesting to see what each fighter looks like on July 8.

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UFC moving towards Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley welterweight title fight (updated)
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According to sources, the UFC is currently moving towards booking Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler for the 170-pound title at UFC 201 in Atlanta. MMA Fighting first reported that the fight was in the works two weeks ago, and now it has moved into the
UFC 201 set for July 30 at PhilipsAtlanta Journal Constitution
Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley set as UFC 201 main eventFOXSports.com
Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley to headline UFC 201 in AtlantaESPN
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Since bursting onto the scene in 2013, everybody’s been champing at the bit to get a piece of the Conor McGregor pie.

World-class boxers included.

And Stephen Thompson is no different, as he recently told Submission Radio he’d love to go toe-to-toe against “Notorious” down the road and collect on the big payday that comes with it.

“When I become the welterweight champion, I would love to step in the Octagon with Conor McGregor. He’s a phenomenal martial artist, right? And I honor him for doing what he’s doing with the sport. But like you said, it would be a big payday. It really would. And it would be a great payday for anybody who steps in the Octagon with Conor McGregor. And you would be stupid if you thought otherwise. And I think all the fighters would know that. You know, if somebody would say, ‘hey you wanna fight Conor McGregor?’ Heck yeah. They’d all be jumping at it.”

Conor’s first attempt at 170 pounds didn’t go as planned, as Nate Diaz took it to him at UFC 196, submitting him via rear-naked choke (see it again here).

That’s why “Wonderboy” — who faces Rory MacDonald at UFC Fight Night 89 on June 18, 2016 — says if he were Conor’s trainer, he’d nix any plans they might have to challenge current division kingpin and much bigger champion, Robbie Lawler.

But if they want another go-around at welterweight, Thompson is more than up for the challenge.

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Buckle up, Atlanta. UFC 201 is coming to the Peach State with a welterweight title showdown.

No. 1-ranked champion Robbie Lawler (26-10) defends his title against No. 4-ranked Tyron Woodley (15-3).

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution confirmed the main event on Tuesday afternoon. The fight had been linked to the event after UFC President Dana White said that it was “more than likely” on AXS TV (h/t MMA Fighting).

Woodley has not fought since January 2015 but gets the title shot coming off back-to-back victories over Dong Hyun Kim and Kelvin Gastelum. Woodley was scheduled for a title eliminator against former champion Johny Hendricks last October, but Hendricks could not make weight for the event.

Lawler has been thoroughly phenomenal since his return to the UFC. Lawler is sporting a five-fight win streak that includes two title defenses.

Woodley has been active on the movie screen with appearances in Olympus Has Fallen and Straight Outta Compton during his time away from the cage and has been featured on the Fox Sports 1 desk during UFC coverage.

Both men are members of American Top Team, but Woodley fights out of his own branch in St. Louis.

The two welterweights have extraordinary power in their hands and are not afraid to sling leather. It should make for a fun five-round main event to determine the best welterweight in MMA.

UFC 201 takes place at Philips Arena on July 30 in Atlanta. Bleacher Report will keep you up to date on all the news surrounding the event as the UFC builds the card.

 

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A previously targeted welterweight title bout between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley is now official as the UFC 201 headliner.

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UFC moving towards Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley welterweight title fight
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According to sources, the UFC is currently moving towards booking Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler for the 170-pound title at UFC 201 in Atlanta. MMA Fighting first reported that the fight was in the works two weeks ago, and now it has moved into the

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