Guess GSP isn’t coming back just yet, as Tyron Woodley will fight Robbie Lawler in the main-event of UFC 201, live from Atlanta. Woodley is fresh off his incredible win over Johny Hendricks, when Woodley successfully managed to make weight and then win by forfeit (he didn’t really win, as the fight was called off, but that somehow earned him this title shot). Prior to that, Woodley beat Kelvin Gastelum in a scintillating split decision performance in January of 2015, a fight which none of you remember for good reason. His most notably win otherwise was over Carlos Condit when he managed to stand in the Octagon at the same time Condit blew out his knee. He’s the definition of right time, right place.
Woodley fought for the Strikeforce weltweight title once, losing to Nate Marquardt in a really good fight. Nate Marquardt.
Lawler beat the shit out of Condit in January in a forgotten fight of the year. He’s actually on a six fight streak of fights which were all incredible, with two of them being fight voted fight of the year by someone, and four being fight of the night. His career resurgence is a great story.
At least with Woodley there’s less of a chance that Lawler engages in an epic war that leads to terrible brain damage. On the other hand: there’s less of a chance that Lawler engages in an epic war. Give and take, yin and yang, all that. It’s not that Woodley is bad or anything but when you kinda look at his recent record he’s not as impressive as you might think.
No word on what Conor McGregor thinks but he’ll probably tweet about it soon.