The highly-anticipated Welterweight Championship clash between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley took place in the early hours of Sunday morning, with ‘Ruthless’ looking to make a third successful defence of his gold.
However, Woodley shocked the world by scoring a stunning knockout win over Lawler in the main event, needing only 2:12 to be crowned the new champion.
The result means ‘The Chosen One’ is now the seventh new UFC Champion crowned this year, but refused to gloat after he knocked out his teammate.
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He said: “I was in the back, I was relaxed, I was nervous that I wasn’t nervous.
“I knew what Robbie brings to the table. This was not the fight I would have picked because Robbie is my teammate, but I’ve been picturing myself with the belt around my waist and I made it happen.”
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Woodley started off the busier man, not allowing the champion to get settled as he fell for a feint right before Woodley landed a huge right hand to the chin of Lawler to send him to the canvas.
"IT IS WHAT IT IS"
This left the former champion wide open until referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in to wave off the fight and the barrage of punches raining down on Lawler.
After his big win, Woodley continued by saying: “We knew Robbie would be well prepared for a takedown. So I used a little speed and a blitz, and I closed the distance, something told me the right hand would be there.
“I don’t want to feel amazing about knocking out Robbie Lawler, but he had the belt, and that’s what I wanted.”
Lawler has had a great run as champion, including his epic fight of the year against Rory MacDonald at UFC 189, and he didn’t make any excuses following his shock loss.
He said: “It is what it is. He feinted me, my hand was down, and he came over the top and caught me.”
Woodley, who now moves to 16-3, will now face some potentially exciting match-ups against the likes of Stephen Thompson and Carlos Condit as he looks to leave his mark as a dominating champion in the welterweight division.
While a rematch with Lawler could also be on the cards as the run of surprising results in the UFC continues.
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